MMO-Champion - Cross-Realm Zones Update
Cross-Realm Zones Update
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
As promised, we wanted to give you all an update on what we’ve been working on with regards to the cross-realm zone feature. Just to recap, cross-realm zones are meant to improve the leveling experience by increasing the amount of people in the same zone together, while also allowing you to quest with your Real ID or BattleTag friends. It’s a complex feature, and there are still some technical issues that we’re continuing to work to address. We’re committed to further refining the system so that it provides the best possible gameplay experience.

This is an update on the technical issues we’ve been working on and some of the progress we’ve made.

Time Zone Jumps

Right now we have a three-hour time zone differential limit on which realms can be mixed together. This is intended to reduce day/night jumps from occurring when crossing CRZ zones, as well as time zone jumps that may cause world events to end earlier than intended. We agree that the day/night jump can be jarring, and planning for last minute turn-ins for events can be difficult and frustrating.

We’re still discussing how to best approach this situation. One of the ideas being floated around is potentially changing how regional time zones work on a very fundamental level. It’s a change we’ve been discussing for quite a while, and perhaps the CRZ system provides the catalyst to go ahead and make it. We’ll keep you updated as we consider the best solution.

CRZ Transition Lag and Performance

There are still some tech-related quirks that are being hashed out, including framerate hitching when crossing into a CRZ zone, reports of performance issues, and resource nodes/NPCs/players disappearing. We’re still investigating each specific cause and working to smooth these types of issues out.

We also continue to see some reports that people are being dismounted when crossing borders. Single-player mounts should not being doing this, so please post any details in the Bug Report forum if it continues happening. There are technical limitations preventing multi-passenger mounts from holding separate characters when crossing a zone boundary. Unfortunately, this isn’t something that we can quickly or easily fix.

Despite a few lingering technical issues, we’re happy with how CRZ is populating the leveling areas with other players, and helping to once again foster MMO social experiences in the 1-85 content. The process for tuning CRZ is of course one that’s ongoing, and we’re committed to continuing to work on it and iron out any remaining issues as quickly as possible. If you do have bugs to report, please provide details and the reproduction steps (if possible) on the Bug Report forum. Providing detailed information helps tremendously, and when possible, add your report to a relevant thread before creating your own.

Thank you again for your feedback. We’re continuing to monitor reports and we’ll provide updates as they become available.

Reference: This is an update to the initial thread discussing how Cross-Realm Zones work.
This article was originally published in forum thread: Cross-Realm Zones Update started by chaud View original post
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  1. Seasz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by AiAtola View Post
    You are saying this like it was a bad thing....

    CRZ is the best feature ever introduced in this game. End of story.
    ^^^^^^^^^^
  1. Thes's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MouseD View Post
    The only players that really like CRZ are those small minded little children that still live in mom's basement....they never grew up and find great glee in ganking any lowbie using the portal that ports them into Blasted lands to go to the portal to Outlands on PVP realms...they get great glee ganking anyone inside a load screen using the portal....and don't tell me you don't cause if you say you don't do it ...your lying....takes a lot of skill for a level 90 to kill a level 58 stuck in a load screen....
    Install WoW to SSD so you're not stuck on loading screen.

    Also CRZ is awesome. Don't play on PVP realms if you can't handle it.
  1. roflpot's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MouseD View Post
    The only players that really like CRZ are those small minded little children that still live in mom's basement....they never grew up and find great glee in ganking any lowbie using the portal that ports them into Blasted lands to go to the portal to Outlands on PVP realms...they get great glee ganking anyone inside a load screen using the portal....and don't tell me you don't cause if you say you don't do it ...your lying....takes a lot of skill for a level 90 to kill a level 58 stuck in a load screen....
    ohh woe is you having to spend an extra minute of your life corpse running to the portal sanctuary zone :-(
  1. Hanec's Avatar
    Some months on from the CRZ being implemented and i now throughly hate having to level a character (This used to be one of the more enjoyable things to do). I now find myself leveling "more efficiently" by waiting 10minutes to queue for a dungeon that it is to go out there and hide from being seen by level 90's that will gank you over and over again like theres no tomorrow.

    This has to be the idea with the best intention and worst outcome blizzard has ever implemented.

    Blizz should look at taking similiar servers with a simliar make up and merge those, instead of merging a highly populated horde PVP server with a highly popoulated Alliance PVP server. I joined this highly populated alliance server to raid and it just happened to be a PVP server, so i think its not so bad, cause its mainly alliance. Then blizzard comes along and merges it with other highly populated horde servers and the end result...nobody enjoys leveling with horde and alliance bringing their lvl 90's to pawn lowbies.

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