Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Blizzard has cross-realm dungeoning in the works for World of Warcraft

Last summer, I gave my response to the World of Warcraft Real ID system. Earlier today, World of Warcraft Community Manager Nethaera posted an announcement on the WoW forums that unveiled Blizzard's plan to introduce functionality within the game that would allow players on different servers to group for dungeons. There has been some speculation within the community for awhile that Blizzard may roll out with this at some point. It is certainly something that players have wanted and hoped for. While all of my friends (when we consistently played) were on Shadow Council, I do have many friends from another guild on Durotan that I would love to have played with at some point. This feature, which would be available as part of the Real ID functionality, would allow a group leader to initiate invitations to players on other servers and go through dungeons.
As this is a fairly complex service to develop, we don’t have a release date to share quite yet. It’s important to note that as with some of the other convenience- and connectivity-oriented features we offer, certain elements of the cross-realm Real ID party system will be premium-based, though only the player sending the invitations will need to have access to the premium service. We'll have more details to share with you as development progresses -- in the meantime, you may begin to see elements of the feature appear on the World of Warcraft PTR.

This is all of the information that has been released about this so far. Nethaera did say that only the player initiating the invitations would need to have the paid service, but do we really need to pay for this? Will they bundle it in with our normal subscriptions? Hopefully we'll get some more news soon. I have the PTR downloaded so I may check it out at some point. Thankfully, you do not have to have an active World of Warcraft subscription to play on the PTR. Many players were gifted 7 free days of play time last week and I used that so now my account is frozen again. While I do not have plans to resubscribe any time soon, I'll keep everyone up to date on the news.

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1 comment:

  1. If this would have came out initially at the launch of cross realm LFD, then I would have gladly paid for this service. Now a days though, most of my friends are on the same server, and in the same guild. Doesn't seem worth it.

    Now if they tie it in with the iPhone / Andriod armory app, without raising the price ($3 a month on that, good grief) then that it might be worth it for those who have it.