When Cryptic announced that Champions Online would offer a single shard system, the general response by the community was a positive one. But like most good things, it seemed to come with a caveat -- nobody knew for sure if this was a global rule or merely meant one world for each region. Well worry no more, because in the latest Ask Cryptic we finally have our answer!
The official response is, "We plan on Champions Online to have only one great big shard worldwide. There should be no need to make sure you all get copies from the same region, you can all play together." It's quite good to read those words, as it means we can finally play with our friends across the pond without worrying about purchasing a UK version of the game. Huzzah!