I like this idea, :) i'll be able to roll a shaman without it being a tauren, orc or troll for the first 20 - 30 levels of its life lol
this better be a payed feature, or else too many people will do it
Of course it will be a paid feature... why wouldn't it? Re customization, realm, and name changes are all accompanied by a fee. I would IMAGINE that this will be in the $100 range simply to deter a lot of people from doing it and the amount of work involved in it in terms of server upgrades etc.Edit- now that they're doing this, which was something many thought would NEVER happen, would it really surprise anyone if they just do away with the cross faction restrictions such as language and trading? Perhaps even allowing people of the opposite faction to group together etc. Don't even bother mentioning lore btw, no one cares anymore, Blizzard especially.Edit 2- Another thing that everyone needs to consider (including myself) is that the good players and therefore the stability of realms should not be affected by this. I don't see good players using this feature as (I am logically assuming, but it is Blizzard) you will naturally lose faction specific rep, mounts, and items. If Blizzard makes it so that you lose a sizable chunk of everything you've worked for I think it will limit who all use this, and the only people I think would use this would be serious ones. I disagree with what someone else said about casual players being the ones to use services such as this. I say casual players are casual for a reason- they aren't too serious therefore aren't as likely to spend extra money.
This is the best April Fools joke ever! ...What do you mean, "it's not the 1st of April"?
if it changes your race, BULL!@#$if you simply change factions, still kinda bs
I facepalmed when I saw this.Blizzard will continue to grow and strive, but this is just sad.
Sooo...... Blizzard is hoping to stave off some sort of economic slide in hopes that by making the game incredibly more accessible to the casual player?I'm not wholly against any of the changes that are being implemented but since it's all coming at once there's gotta be a lot going on behind the scenes. Someone hit the panic button somewhere?
Only way I could see this being decent at all would be with a betrayal mechanism. First you would have to cut all ties with your current faction (becoming Neutral with them) and then grind rep with your new faction by killing PvP AI or players.But knowing Blizzard, I see just forking over some cash.
I would like a betrayal mechanism, solely because of the lore/storyline opportunities it would bring. I.E... Iunno, Garrosh takes over the horde, I'm heading over to the Alliance.Or any storyline opportunities at all. That'd be nice.
Expect this to be VERY popular with RP/RPPvP servers...All in all though, I likes it!
please let it just be faction change not race. ive been waiting for this for so long!i don't see why this is a bad thing. surely people have noticed that there are faction neutral if not opposite factions of races (i.e humans working for the horde) so why shouldnt we be able to take part in this?woop hopefully my dream of alliance blood elves will be fulfilled!- just to add, was just reading the forums it was originally posted in and someone said faction betrayal would be stupid because its supposed to be horde vs alliance... how is it stupid? im sure theres not been a war in history were at least one person in a country has said "hey i think what we're doing is wrong, ill side with the others" -
But if it was a betrayal mechanism, that would kind of eliminate your chances of going back, right?I imagine it will be extremely similar to the character re-customization feature (maybe even a part of it.) which costs $15USD
I was "forced" to play on a low pop server PvP server that cannot PuG Uld 10 yet as an Ally toon that loses WG 80% of the time because Horde on this server outnumbers us 7:3, because of a friend. however, he no one plays and as such, time to play a legit shaman as the Horde who I preferred moar anyways with another friend.Life is SWEET
Wow.I'm not even sure how i feel about this.Like.... I like it, but i don't. It's something i've always sort of wanted, but...I always preferred horde. And this is giving me a chance- but...Friends, and...WHY, BLIZZARD, WHY MUST YOU CONFUSE ME WITH CHOICES?
Does anyone ever read? Of course you're not keeping your race, it says you'll get a character "roughly equivalent" to the one you had, i.e. new character with the same name.I hope a lot of people won't use this. I don't want all the good players to switch over to horde and leave me with all the 11 year olds...on the other hand, maybe all the 11 year olds will be like "lol horde is better bye" and leave all the good players on one faction...Also, wasn't this what DK's were supposed to solve? I thought starting on a new faction already at lv55 was good enough. :\"
Does anyone ever read? Of course you're not keeping your race, it says you'll get a character "roughly equivalent" to the one you had, i.e. new character with the same name.yeah but it says 'faction change' not 'race change' or 'faction and race change'. and roughly equivalent could mean gear / achievment / mount gains......we'll just have to wait and see
Also, wasn't this what DK's were supposed to solve? I thought starting on a new faction already at lv55 was good enough. :\\Well, it solves it insofar as tanks and melee DPS are concerned, but I'd like to see some more healers and casters as well. Not that this will actually help, but I can hope.
I'm going to go broke dusting off all my old 70s to bring them to horde-side.But it will be worth every single cent.I have been arguing for this for a long while (gave up, tbh), and I'm just a bit stunned now. :)
Given that Blizzard uses tier/season armor models as a visual clue to how well geared a player is, character model is used as a visual clue to what faction they belong to. I dont image that Blizzard will change this, so a change in faction would result in a change in race.But will there be a change in race/class?That bit gets tricky, especially if you take your gear with you. IMO, the common sense option is that you must stay with your class. Otherwise that lock gear you've been leveling with looks a little out of place on a warrior. Even worse, the hunter mail cant be worn by the priest.And if class becomes the constant, then you'd be limited to the race you can select, and for some, it wont even be an option.Druid (Tauren <-> Nelf)Shaman (Orc/Troll/Tauren <-> Draenei)Paladin (Belf <-> Human/Dwarf/Draenei)I think its a good idea, though I'm not likely to use it. I dont think it will cause additional problems with realm balance, given that alot of realms have enough problems with that, as it is. On Malygos, Alliance outnumbers Horde by 3 to 1. We're only a PvE server, so its not much of an issue. I'm not sure what the battlegroup balance is, but the last time I joined a BG, I'm pretty sure Alliance outnumbered the Horde, but the Horde would manage to hand Alliance their collective backsides on a plate for WSG and AB.The thing to remember is that this is not a solution for realm balancing, it's for allowing people to cross factions to enjoy the game with their friends. There are going to be a small number of people that will use it to try and complete otherwise difficult achievements, or join a particular raiding guild on an opposing faction, or even load up a character with heirlooms to assist leveling on another realm (as suggest somewhere earlier).There seem to be a few misguided opinions about casual vs hardcore, and somehow this will dilute the game quality for hardcore players/raiders. Cant see how that's going to be. The hardcore are in a league of their own, and probably dont notice the goings on of casuals like me. If anything, it may open doors for guild invites where a quality player can apply to any guild, and make the necessary arrangements to switch faction and switch realms. Though we've already seen what the truly hardcore do. They just reroll on a new server, level, grind, hit 80 and one-shot their way through Naxx25 within 4 weeks of starting, as a guild (thinking of that Chinese guild that rerolled onto a Taiwan server).Anyway, it's Blizzards game, I'm sure they've thought about it, and they wouldnt be doing it if it was going to negatively impact subscription, cause server instability or realm imbalance that couldnt be recovered from.-- edit: Few too many drinks at the Blue Recluse
Shaman (Orc/Troll/Tauren <-> Draenei)fix'dGuess this would kind of suck for an alliance warrior that wants to be a bloof elf :P