Not with 5.4 and no announcement which servers yet.
Annoying. My raidgroup is basically waiting for this to get a bigger playerpool to recruit people from. I was really hoping to be able to go to the to-be-connected realms and start recruitment early.
Damn its about time they link some servers. Im on a very low populated realm and I cant find any guild or like today... Galleon was up for the whole day, lol. There are just no people wanting to kill it (I dont know any ppl from others realms).
Cant wait for it!
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Looking forward to this new feature, hopefully it will save the dying realms
this is huge, im really excited and dont even play wow anymore xD
This is blizzards desperate attempt to not look bad with server merges and instead do it this way. merge 3 low pop servers. solved. can't look weak blizzard huh
I really don't think it's an intentional avoidance of "looking bad" as much as it's just a smart solution to a prominent problem. They can see that the numbers of raids completed each week have likely steeply declined. Guilds have probably vanished or become idle. So, with virtualization tech, they innovated a fix. I'm betting it was in the cards while CRZ was being developed and deployed, as a "test bed" or trial. So if it's being implemented as a long-term solution to help the low-pop realms, it's not going to hurt high-pop realms. They wouldn't implement something that counteracts the very goal it was created to achieve.
very simple this is only going to effect servers that are low pop. they said NOTHING about servers that have huge server imbalances. So is your on a server that is like 99% horde or alliance and your not on the dominate side your still screwed and will have to give blizzard money to play on a server that is more balanced.
So, they are merging servers and keep player names through unique identificators other than the actual name... well its not like I saw that suggested atleast 3 years ago, took you long enough Blizzard.
Honestly, I have NO idea how this is gonna work anyway in practical world, decent chunk of realms are pretty much single/double nation realms that are used to have chat in their language for years, one bad merge and they are gonna loose more people from those realms that they would get by the merge. I saw that like half a year ago, our server got some FCT and couple dozen people transferred, saw trade and general filled with something else that english and started flaming everyone and demanded the 2 thousand players to use strictly english in chat for those maybe 50 people, if course they pretty much got flamed back and told to not expect it any time soon. In the end they eihter stopped playing or transferred elsewhere for cash since I havent seen them since. Now imagine it on a much larger scale when most of the people on the internet are unreasonably stubborn, put into it the fact, that lots of people dont actually know english very well and chat is gonna be a mess thats gonna make loads of people leave. This HAS to be done properly and Blizzard really needs to do serious research of communities on the realms targeted for the merge.
imagine 1:1 ratios on a High/Full pop server. Want to do Oondasta? Galleon? Nalak? Sha? Good luck. Dailies? Good luck. Leveling 85-90? Node farming?
server imbalances were created by the players on purpose to stack their odds and make their life easier. if a majority of people actually want blizzard to force all realms attempt to be as 1:1 as possible then more people would complain simply because the game would actually be HARD in WPVP again
it's funny because I wouldn't mind trying it but I know I would immediately regret it because it's such a fucked concept.
It'll be interesting to see how it's implemented; though I hope they don't do it as they did with Battlegroups, and ignore/largely ignore language barriers between realms.
"Not all who wander are lost" - Velen
I doubt very much they will bring over non-English into English realms. That is super annoying just for CRZ, but they backed out on that mostly.
Yeah, I have been excited for this to come in patch 5.4 since they hinted at it. I have actually been putting off a guild choice (hoping for more attractive options without x-fering AGAIN) because of it.
Now... this "maybbbeee one or two realms and mayyyybeeee after 5.4" backtrack is really disappointing. The original hint seemed like it would be launch day, and that most realms would already be coalesced and ready to go.
Still going to wait and see, but much less hopefully that it will actually fix my problems. Heck, the way they're talking my ghost-town-but-still-technically-still-lowend-medium pop server might not even get the treatment :/
Up until now we've been holding onto the hope that we'd be able to recruit to do SoO because of Virtual Realms. Now today they announce they don't actually know when it's coming. Heh. My sub is currently not active, and I won't be activating it at all if they don't drop this on the first week. It's already too little too late. Asking us to wait even longer after all of this "it's coming in 5.4" spiel is just the final slap in the face.
(Blizzard Stalls on V-Realms and calls it something else )
We haven’t yet determined when we’ll be creating the first Connected Realms, but we expect it will be some time after the launch of Patch 5.4.
(and they are still using the name change factor an excuse to not do a real merge)
Other alternatives such as merging realms would require us to force character name changes if there were conflicts, and could lead to confusion for returning players who’d log in to find their realm missing from the realm list. Some players also feel strong ties to their realm’s name or history, and we don’t want to erase that.