One of the defining characteristics of World of Warcraft was divided into its factions. Horde and Alliance players are separate, competing with each other for most of the MMO’s existence. However, in a new blog post, Blizzard is starting to get rid of thatbringing inter-factual versions into the MMORPG.
The feature is set to give Alliance and Horde players the ability to form “predecessor groups” for activities like dungeons, raids, and even PvP. The idea here is to give players of either faction a way to join groups, regardless of faction, if you choose to do so.
The team, according to a blog post OH website, says the team kept a few principles in mind when creating the experience, one of which is that it’s very much an “opt-in” experience.
“Let’s make this an opt-in feature as much as possible. In terms of world fiction and player preferences, there are decades of hatred to be overcome. We’re happy though. given players the choice to approach via faction and cooperatively overcome common enemies, we know that many will react cautiously to this change and we do not want to override those options. This is increasing options for players.”
The feature itself is still in beta and is due to legacy code of World of Warcraft created with the mindset that players belong to a single faction, Blizzard stated that this won’t be ready in time. The end of eternity. Instead, players can expect to see testing and iteration leading up to the release of the 9.2.5 update.
“I’m excited to announce that we’re working to add the ability for Alliance and Horde players to form predecessor groups together for dungeons, raids, and ranked PvP. It’s been two decades now. The code and content was created with the assumption that parties can only have players of a single faction, and while we’d love to make this feature available as soon as possible, the extent of change means it’s not possible. get ready in time for the upcoming feature Eternity’s End content update. Instead, we are planning to test and release it as part of the next 9.2.5 update. We’d love to hear your feedback on the insights we’re sharing today, and on our implementation details when the feature becomes available to the Kingdom’s public beta after its release. Eternity’s End. “
While versions between factions will give players World of Warcraft a way to group together in ways never seen before, it won’t permeate the whole experience. The Clans themselves will still belong to a single faction, and activities such as Random Battlefields, Heroic Dungeons, and Fights will also remain single-sided.
– World of Warcraft (@Warcraft) January 31, 2022
One of the defining features of World of Warcraft has long been a faction system, with players representing the Horde or Alliance even outside of the game (My The computer case even features Confederate artwork up there!). Some people may worry that a change like this could begin to change Warcraft itself, something the team does in the blog post.
The team even touched on their post, saying it’s not a defining faction OHbut rather factions identity.
“It’s likely that those who have read this have come here with insecurity, worried that this is ruining a Warcraft fundamentals. At BlizzCon in 2019, when an attendee asked about crossplay, we I replied at the time that “The Alliance and the separation of the Horde… is a pillar that makes Warcraft, Warcraft. But in hindsight, it was an oversimplification: Alliance and Horde identity is the basis of Warcraft. And while that identity was one of open division and conflict, we’ve seen Alliance and Horde find common ground and work together ever since. Warcraft III (especially including the last time a Warcraft chapter was named “Eternity’s End”…), and instances of cooperation in the series. World of Warcraft itself is too much to count.
We hope that these changes will actually strengthen faction identities by allowing more players to join factions whose values, aesthetics, and characters they find more appealing, rather than feeling forced. Choose between personal preference and the ability to play with friends. “
You can see the full blog post Blizzard website.
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