World of Warcraft sews together realms to solve population issues

World of Warcraft sews together realms to solve population issues

Instead of simply merging some of its lower population servers, World of Warcraft is going a different way. Starting in patch 5.4, Blizzard will introduce connected realms: servers that are functionally joined together with other servers to share population and resources.

While the affected realms will remain technically independent, the lines between the two connected realms will be blurred. These realms will be able to share population, have one linked auction house, and allow players of both servers to group, guild, and PvP together.

So why not just merge? Blizzard’s official answer reasons, “Other alternatives such as merging realms would require us to force character name changes if there were conflicts, and could lead to confusion for returning players who’d log in to find their realm missing from the realm list. Some players also feel strong ties to their realm’s name or history, and we don’t want to erase that.”

The list of what servers will be connected has yet to be released.

“Other alternatives such as merging realms would require us to force character name changes if there were conflicts, and could lead to confusion for returning players who’d log in to find their realm missing from the realm list. Some players also feel strong ties to their realm’s name or history, and we don’t want to erase that.”

First off Blizz, there would be no confusion as the server would list X characters on Realm Y.  Then when I tried to log on, I would be prompted for a name change.  Possibly just add an “x” at the end of the duplicated name and allow the player to change it in the future at his leisure.  Other companies can do this, why can’t Blizzard?

Any “ties” to a server have been eliminated since the cross-server software was introduced a LONG time ago.  Server X hasn’t been it’s own since it’s been sharing various zones with other servers for quite some time.

Blizzard, quit making feeble excuses and just merge servers.  It’s like Blizzard’s pride won’t let it admit that the sub population has gone down.  Other companies have done it, you can too.  Heck, should be easier since you have greater resources.  It’s a win-win scenario for everyone.  Blizzard gets less physical hardware to maintain and players get bigger communities.  Now, you see a good player but he can’t join your guild because you’re both on different servers or such.More content, please click: Wow Gold.

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