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. StoNe220022's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by k1037 View Post
    Fanboys here are making the most inane arguments I have ever seen
    What??? I liked Ranor's and Brodeo's "LOLZ...do you want free cheese on your burgers" arguments, I thought they were kinda solid, well thought out :/

    I also like "People complaining about this don't have jobs" Nothing like a good generalisation to pigeonhole people!
  1. drakonblayde's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Maklor View Post
    Actually many things get cheaper every year, there is no logic saying things have to get more expensive.
    Commodities tend to get cheaper, usually because manufacturing methods get more refined and efficient along with other competition in the marketplace.

    However, when a commodity reaches a relatively level price, it will then start adjusting upward again due to inflation.

    Subscription based services are always tricky. Things like magazines and newspapers have been adjusting upwards, largely because their subscriber base is vanishing. Subscriptions require a commitment, so you have to give the subscriber a reason to stay with you. This, I think, is why WoW's subscription price has stayed relatively stable, and they've just been in arms race to keep subscribers with features and content, and they've weathered the storm pretty well.

    I don't see this service as an attempt to regain revenue for lost subscriptions. If they ever do raise the subscription price, that's when I'll believe their bottom line is starting to hurt. I see this as a way to monetize development work they were already doing anyway, much in the way of the mounts and the pet store. It costs them effectively nothing to produce those (some artists and animation time, some bits in the database). The overhead is already taken care of through the normal budget, so those sales are pure profit. This will be in much the same vein.
  1. Gurbz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Cows For Life View Post
    Hate to break it to you, but this isn't a new feature. It's using the Looking For Group Dungeon Finder and RealID infrastructure that was rolled out in '09 and '10. It's exactly the same thing only you get to massage the dungeon queue to a larger degree.
    Do you have this functionality now? No, you do not. Therefore it is a new feature. Just because it utilizes aspects already in game does not make it an existing feature.
  1. Cows For Life's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Gurbz View Post
    Do you have this functionality now? No, you do not. Therefore it is a new feature. Just because it utilizes aspects already in game does not make it an existing feature.
    There's always someone that wants to play the pedantic word games. You're splitting hairs here.
  1. Gratlim's Avatar
    Just cancelled my account.
  1. Vestia's Avatar
    Haha, i come back to check mmo-champ every once in a while after i let go of WoW about 4 months ago, guess it was becuase some things were still appealing. Thanks for that last nail in the coffin, can't believe how you treat your customers Blizz, paying a monthly fee + a million micro transaction is just.. The best of both worlds, FOR THEM. pets/mounts/mobile AH.. And now a feature that blizzard should've had already, but instead, they decide to fuck over their users by making them pay more than they already do. Pathetic, get back on the horse Blizzard, you definately lost a timeold fanboy with me.
  1. KClovesGaming's Avatar
    Quite a lot of whining about this and we all know what has happened in the past when everyone whines. Blizzard backtracks. It happened with the Real ID thing, stuff in the game like the Insane title etc. I think they will back track on this as well. Now personally I don't have any friends cross realm, but if I did I sure wouldn't want to pay either.

    It might be a little different now though seeing as they are losing customers. Might just say screw it we'll cash in as much as we can before the game goes belly up or they might back track and think hey it'll bring back more customers. Guess we'll see what route they choose.
  1. cacahuete's Avatar
    Bizarre, no announcement for the Americans, just the Europeans. A sort of mini-test to see how people react?
  1. Ranor's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Cows For Life View Post
    There's always someone that wants to play the pedantic word games. You're splitting hairs here.
    That isn't splitting hairs. You're flat out wrong. You'd be correct if they suddenly limited RDF to paying customers only, however they're adding an optional feature that changes nothing about RDF for the masses.
  1. Gurbz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by sTyLnK View Post
    Quite a lot of whining about this and we all know what has happened in the past when everyone whines. Blizzard backtracks. It happened with the Real ID thing, stuff in the game like the Insane title etc. I think they will back track on this as well. Now personally I don't have any friends cross realm, but if I did I sure wouldn't want to pay either.

    It might be a little different now though seeing as they are losing customers. Might just say screw it we'll cash in as much as we can before the game goes belly up or they might back track and think hey it'll bring back more customers. Guess we'll see what route they choose.
    I would be VERY surprised. There was basically the same rant every time Blizzard announced a premium service and they were implimented anyway.
  1. Cows For Life's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ranor View Post
    That isn't splitting hairs. You're flat out wrong. You'd be correct if they suddenly limited RDF to paying customers only, however they're adding an optional feature that changes nothing about RDF for the masses.
    I'm willing to bet that implementing this feature with the RDF and RID (given the features that are already in the game) required next to nothing new at all.

    I'm further willing to bet that this was already in the game when RID and just not active.

    From a code standpoint I doubt they did more than maybe an hours worth of work on top of what they had already done to get those two features out.
  1. Ranor's Avatar
    The RealID thing was on a COMPLETELY different level than this. That warranted complaints and outrage. Having personal information exposed to those you game with is a breach of personal security of the highest order.

    People can't even use that in an argument. lol
  1. KClovesGaming's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Gratlim View Post
    Just cancelled my account.
    Over a cross realm thing that in all likely hood will be changed down the road? Okay.
  1. Nozyk's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Brodeo View Post
    What concept? Paying for services? Do you pay admission at amusement park and bitch cuz the cotton candy isnt free?
    What? You used the wrong example; it's like paying for admission at an amusement park, and then paying to ride the roller coaster.
  1. Puremallace's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by sTyLnK View Post
    Over a cross realm thing that in all likely hood will be changed down the road? Okay.
    The guy has a point. It starts out slow like this. This is B2P meets P2P model in it's worst form. How soon until certain content goes "premium"?
  1. Ranor's Avatar
    If Blizzard ever implements a paid feature that ACTUALLY impacts gameplay and gives some players the upperhand over others, then people have a basis for complaint. Until that day, this is just a bunch of needless whining from people who seem to have a strong sense of entitlement.
  1. KClovesGaming's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ranor View Post
    The RealID thing was on a COMPLETELY different level than this. That warranted complaints and outrage. Having personal information exposed to those you game with is a breach of personal security of the highest order.

    People can't even use that in an argument. lol
    I just meant in terms of of the volume of outraged people. Blizzard usually tends to back track when it grows pretty big. I know the Real ID thing was completely different, but the only reason they back tracked was because of so many complaints. If there hadn't been they would have gone ahead with it. The power of bitching can go a long way.

    ---------- Post added 2011-05-18 at 05:28 AM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Puremallace View Post
    The guy has a point. It starts out slow like this. This is B2P meets P2P model in it's worst form. How soon until certain content goes "premium"?
    Maybe Blizzard is going the route of LOTRO.
  1. Puremallace's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ranor View Post
    If Blizzard ever implements a paid feature that ACTUALLY impacts gameplay and gives some players the upperhand over others, then people have a basis for complaint. Until that day, this is just a bunch of needless whining from people who seem to have a strong sense of entitlement.
    Here is why this is a slippery slope and why it will guarantee to backfire. The next obvious question is this. "You want me to pay for premium just for this? What else do I get?"

    You can tell this is a Activision concept and not a Blizzard concept. When is the last time the MMO company actually ran WoW? The game is being run like a business.
  1. Toysolja's Avatar
    this is the best idea blizz has evey had in a while , just wish it wasn't a PREMIUM PACKAGE!!!!!!
  1. HeartlessJack1's Avatar
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