Would it honestly be that bad from a shareholder perspective? I see people from realms where my first reaction is 'that realm exists?' I just think they have too many.
The lag from having 6-7 million people on the same server would be absolutely asinine.
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FUCK the shareholders!! LOL jk man, it's probably not something you should worry about. i've had that reaction before as well and I personally find it kind of neat. i do think they could have swallowed their pride and just merged servers, but with CRZ and connected realms it would prob just be redundant. either way have fun this week!
Nah, it's fine the way it is. As the game loses players, they'll just keep merging servers. I'm sure in 10+ years from now they'll be down to like 10 or less.
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ideally they'd make the 5 new RPPVP servers then allow all RPPVP/PVP servers to xfer to any of the 5 servers for free and do that with each server type, of course these new servers would be new hardware and high end hardware to manage any of the lag and what not
This will still allow CRZ in some zones still have mutiple servers and have few servers being super high pop
There are definitely too many unique server names.
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Connected realms are, for all intents and purposes, completely merged.
Keeping the realm tags allows Blizzard to save face, makes it possible for everyone to keep their character names and allows us to get around the character per server limit.
It *would* be nice if they added names for the realm groupings and a section for those names on the realm select screen tho.
The problem with merging is people lose their names, some they've had for years and they can lose their guild - again, a guild that has been a staple of a server for a long time. That's the primary reason I think Blizzard avoids just merging them.
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The connected realms are basically merges.... so they are already working on it.
yes because blizzard would have a hard time doing it and we'd suffer for it. It's something they would have to do on wow 2.0 or something. just crz was difficult.
I assume that a few regional mega-servers (PvE/PvP) was the goal to begin with when they started with CRZ.
This would fix some issues with certain servers being overloaded while others are empty too.
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Shareholders in Activision don't spend a lot of time thinking about the number of realms that Blizzard has up for World of Warcraft. Really, they don't.
I wouldn't be surprised to find out that realms are largely virtual these days anyway and that connected realms are more connected/merged databases than anything else. I'll be the first to say that I don't know anything one way or another but with the sort of tricks they can play with their network I suspect the days of one realm = one blade server are long gone.
Connected realms are good things and they're going slowly enough at it that it's barely noticeable as a population merge. They don't make their subscription numbers a secret. If someone doesn't notice that subscriptions are down until they see connected realms they haven't been paying any attention.
There's this though: if at some time in the future, they decide to pull the trigger on 1-90 as B2P or F2P, they'll need their realms. Blizz plans ahead. Never forget that.
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