To those doubting ArtVandelay, he is right about off-peak US population on NA server often exceeding peak population on Australian server.
And to be clear: The SC2 SEA server is, relatively speaking, sparsely populated. This impacts upon matchmaking, custom maps and chat channel populations (almost all the default channels there are dead, worse than D2USWest before I switched to SC2 in 2010).
To those advocating a server in Sydney, if Blizzard considered it to be too small, there is no way an Australian server will exist. You can cite population levels, but that's irrelevant. It's number of actual people, who can afford the legitimate version of the game and can maintain a stable enough and consistent internet connection to play online and choose to play Diablo III over another game. Those people are the only ones that count, and on that list, there aren't so many. At least not enough to get Blizzard to act on it.
@mjrussell, I originally thought the same way as you did, on the two interpretations. I've been trying to get clarification since I read it. The only point I would make is that for your second interpretation:
If I live in Australia/New Zealand/Southeast Asia, what server will I play Diablo III on?
Diablo III players in Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia will, by default, connect to the Americas region. By connecting to this region, players will have a wider pool of people to play with and access to a more vibrant and active auction house marketplace. Further details on regional connection options and auction house functionality will be posted at www.diablo3.com prior to release.
Please note that as these updates suggest, there will be some options with regard to the regions. We’ll be providing further information on those options, and answering any questions you may have on this change to your Diablo III home region as we get closer to release.
This could be interpreted two ways. The first being that there's only the NA region (default), and no other region options are being included. I'm sure if there was an SEA/ANZ region, Blizzard would have stated explicitly as such, somewhere.
The second is that NA is default, and there's an SEA/ANZ region option even though this never stated explicitly.
At first I thought there would be a NA and ANZ region that we would choose from. But after reviewing the post I'm not so sure. What do you guys think?
With mutliple regions being available, clearly NA is default, but it certainly doesn't say anything about there being an SEA region option. We could theoretically be choosing Korea or Europe.
Where do you get your information on where these new servers will be and where they won't be?