MMO-Champion - Cross-Realm Dungeon Feature Coming Soon
Cross-Realm Dungeon Feature Coming Soon
Originally Posted by Slorkuz (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
With the continued popularity of the Dungeon Finder, many players have been asking for a way to group up with real-life friends who play on other realms to take on instances together. Today, we wanted to give you a heads up about a new feature currently in development that will allow players to invite Real ID friends of the same faction to a party regardless of the realm they play on, and then queue up for a 5-player regular or Heroic dungeon.

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 article was originally published in forum thread: Cross-Realm Dungeon Feature Coming Soon started by Boubouille View original post
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  1. MannerMan's Avatar
    I can already see Tb's rage over this
  1. Aloodanis's Avatar
    Premium service to send invites cross realm?
    I thought the pet store was okay, for pet collectors.
    The auction house app and guild chat was okay, I guess.
    But this... is the most retarded idea that Blizzard has had.
  1. Maklor's Avatar
    Honestly I'm going to be frank, Blizzard sucks.

    I don't regret that I put in "Blizzard is too greedy" in the MANDATORY why do you cancel your subscription, I'm glad that they proved me right.

    (Yes I have issues with them DEMANDING to know why, you have to fill it in to cancel, I'm fairly certain it's illegal to require it.)
  1. Jaerin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Scratches View Post
    The great thing about this situation, though, is that I'm sure most people happily accepted the status quo of not being able to do this, because Blizzard said it would be "really really hard to do". Now, however, that Blizzard is showing that they can in fact accomplish this "monumental task in programming" (), but will only provide such functionality to people who are willing to pay extra... yeah. People are kinda miffed, to put it lightly... lol
    Imagine that they tell you that something costly might be possible, you tell them that you want it anyways. They say, okay, but we can't do it for free. Now people are bitching because they are getting what they wouldn't ever get before and to do it they require the people who want the idea to pay for it. Sounds to me like they are asking the people who will use the service to pay for it. How does this affect the status quo again?

    This is just like a gas tax to pay for roads. Seems pretty logical to make the people who use a specialized service pay extra for that service rather than making all of us pay for it.
  1. Maklor's Avatar
    ^ they are already charging obscene amounts for full automated services.
  1. Kelathos's Avatar
    Pay EXTRA for the ability to play with my friends... thanks Blizzard.

    Why am I subscribed again?
  1. Maniabe's Avatar
    They're obviously running out of "Titan" funds so they have to charge us for an easy to develop service.
  1. Ranor's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kelathos View Post
    Pay EXTRA for the ability to play with my friends... thanks Blizzard.

    Why am I subscribed again?
    I dunno. You don't have the ability to play with your friends now. Why ARE you subscribed?
  1. Auto-Unstuck's Avatar
    There's absolutly no reason for this to require a premium account. The fact that you can see and talk to real ID friends, and the fact that when in a dungeon with random other server players you can keep joining new dungeons proves that they are flat out lying, and are just after cash.
  1. Belloc's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Antherios View Post
    its not being greedy, i have that money, and i could pay 100$ a month for it if i wanted.. the thing is that this is Activisions doing.. this is their playstyle in business

    people have to stand up and defend their money and ideals
    if everyone would had stayed quiet and let the "Real Name on forums" thing pass .... by now we would have Facebook in-game in the Real-ID tab, and a chat tab with your facebook friends

    if we let this one pass, they know they can push it further.. they like $$$ so they will see how much of it they can squeeze out of us
    we will see next, Premium Bosses on raids, Premium bags and bagslots, etc etc

    and the game will be ruined
    The community is going to ruin the game, not premium services. If you don't like the service, don't pay for it.

    All I see here are a bunch of entitled brats, most of whom probably don't pay for their own subscription. Let this be a lesson: When you spend money to create something, you generally do not provide it at no charge. Your subscription fee provides you with access to World of Warcraft. This planned service hasn't been a part of your subscription before, so why should it be now?

    Your conspiratorial worries will not come to pass just because Blizzard is deciding to charge for a service that is going to require a substantial investment of resources.

    People asked Blizzard for server transfers and they were provided as a paid service. People asked for race/faction changes and they were provided as a paid service. People asked for... cross-realm RealID groups -- and they'll be provided as a paid service. As long as people keep asking for non-content services, Blizzard will continue charging a fee for them. You're generally supposed to thank people when they provide you with what you've been asking for.
  1. Maklor's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ranor View Post
    I dunno. You don't have the ability to play with your friends now. Why ARE you subscribed?
    Well if the introduction of the LFD tool hadn't messed up server communities in the first place they wouldn't even have had to do this.

    Meaning they should have kept LFD server only so you would end up grouping with people you could build a relationship to instead of ending up with completely random people that don't care about anyone but themselves.
  1. Jaerin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kelathos View Post
    Pay EXTRA for the ability to play with my friends on a completely different server anytime I want... thanks Blizzard.

    Why am I subscribed again?
    So you're complaining about the fact that now you might get to play with RL friends that you couldn't before unless you paid $25 and gave up all your current WoW server friends. I'm guessing this will probably be no more than $5 and only 1 person has to pay for it.

    Are you guys really this cheap and stupid. Yes they taking away a feature that you never had before and telling you that you have to pay for it. Makes sense to me why you're upset...

    I guess you'd rather pay $25 every time you want to play with some of your other friends
  1. Recoverus's Avatar
    Not a chance, not a fkin chance in hell will I pay for this. Stick it up your backside and swivel Blizzard.
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  1. azurrei's Avatar
    This doesn't affect me at all because I would not use this feature, but it concerns me because who is to say that cross-realm BoA won't be premium...or the dance studio (rofl like anyone cares about that)...or when/if they FINALLY implement armor dye or a wardrobe type feature.

    This could essentially set a precedent for a new type of "premium service," one that actually affects your gameplay and will surely make myself and many other people quit.
  1. isendims's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ranor View Post
    I dunno. You don't have the ability to play with your friends now. Why ARE you subscribed?
    Then who are we playing with if we don't have the ability now?
  1. creb99's Avatar
    I really hate over reacting, but this is blatant greediness and things like this will cause me to reconsider my ongoing subscription.
  1. Xenofreak's Avatar
    This could have been great news, but now it isn't.

    For those saying re-roll or transfer, really? I have friends on other servers, sure, but I also have friends on the one I'm currently on. As do they. And I'm sure their friends have other friends that are on that server and others that they'd like to play with. There's no way everyone is going to be playing with their friends in the current system unless Blizzard somehow creates some unimaginably powerful server that can hold everyone on one realm. Which is impractical in a lot more ways than just the technical. But this, this has the potential to fix that. Able to play with your friends despite whatever attachments you might have to whatever servers you're on. Then they're kind of taking a crap on it saying "We've got this great new things that greatly improves the game! But...you have to pay us to use it." The worst part for them is, the competition will likely find a way to copy it and not charge for it. One of the massive downsides of MMO's has the chance to be semi-vanquished with this, but sadly Blizzard is just kind of taking a crap on it by charging for it.

    It's not that I don't appreciate the work that goes into it. I do. But improvements to the games core functionality should not be on a charge basis. At least not after years of being on a subscription basis.

    So you're complaining about the fact that now you might get to play with RL friends that you couldn't before unless you paid $25 and gave up all your current WoW server friends. I'm guessing this will probably be no more than $5 and only 1 person has to pay for it.

    Are you guys really this cheap and stupid. Yes they taking away a feature that you never had before and telling you that you have to pay for it. Makes sense to me why you're upset...
    So you would have had no problem with the LFD tool had been a premium only thing? I mean, it's a feature that we never had before. Or Guild perks/levels. Barbershops. Cross-realm battlegrounds. All sorts of new "features" over the years that we've never had before. But here's the thing. All of those introduced to either deal with flaws or improve gameplay, much like this one. Charging for horses, transfers, race changes, sure. But actual parts of the gameplay being charged for in addition to the subscription fee? No.
  1. Archermit's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jinreeko View Post
    only a matter of time before horde and alliance can lfd together
    To be honest, if it is a paid service, you would the fastest queue possible so why not allow horde and alliance team up
  1. Yetzirah's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Jaerin View Post
    Where does it say they are bleeding subs again? Look at the historical numbers there is always a post-expansion dip...why would you expect this one to be different? They lost 5% of their subs...hardly detrimental to the health of the game considering 5% was pretty much what the #2 game has active in the US if they are lucky.
    I don't remember Blizzard posting about a similar loss 3 months after TBC or WotLK.
    Before Blizzard admitted the subscribers loss, fanbois vehemently negated any drop in subscription in every thread hinting at that.
    After Blizzard admitted the subscribers loss, fanbois say it's normal.

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