I currently live in Singapore and will suffer around 300 ping if I played on American servers, this creates a hard limit on the enjoyability of the game and performance of a player.
Roles such as scouting and long range sniping becomes harder to play with high ping and will force players to choose short-medium range "tanky" mechs for better survivability. Further, nobody's going to want to have a lagger on their team. As it stands, there are lots of games with servers that will kick if your ping exceeds 100 and I reckon teams will quit and retry if they end up with a lagger while being matched.
[TL;DR] So I'd like to know if International servers will be rolled out, and if so, where? [/TL;DR] If not, why not? You'll lose quite a few players who have nothing better to do with their money than buy pink paint for their mechs.
As far as my experience tells me playing online in the South-East Asian region, servers in:
Perth, Malaysia, Singapore can serve the region effectively and has a player base that speaks and understands English. (10 ping average from Singapore)
Thailand, Taiwan, Korea, Japan boasts good bandwidth too - but if you don't speak the language then you'll be lonewolfing without communication. (50-100 ping average from Singapore)
NZ, Non-Perth Aussie servers play poorly outside of their region. Lag connecting to those outside of the country is comparable to North American servers. (300 ping average from Singapore)
Edited by BenEEeee's VAT GROWN: BACON, 08 May 2012 - 02:52 PM.