New Strings for Saving and Locking Account Data for Chinese Players Before NetEase Shutdown
A handful of new strings on the Dragonflight Patch 10.0.5 indicate that Blizzard is moving forward with their plans to allow Chinese players to save their account information ahead of the
impending shutdown of NetEase servers
on January 23rd.
Warcraft General Manager John Hight brought up this interim solution last month in his
WoW China update
, though players are still left wondering when this transition will occur, and how long they might have to wait.
Another question is what happens if players
save their account data - whether they will be unable to play once Chinese servers are restored, or whether an automated backup will occur, as well as questions related to the security of these locally saved backups. However, the strings showing up in this newest PTR update also raises questions regardless the timeline; if the patch is intended to go live ahead January 23rd, or whether these backups can still be made after Chinese servers shut down.
|cffff2020World of Warcraft realms will be unavailable in this region after January 23rd, 2023.|r|n|n|cffffd200You can download your game progress now so that you may be able to restore it in the future.|r|n|n|cffffd200Saving your game progress locally will lock your account from play. Please safeguard your Archive as we hope to enable use of the Archive at a later time.|r|n|n|n</p><h1>|cffffffffSave your game progress locally|r</h1><p>|n|cffffffffThis feature and the archived game progress are subject to the B.Net End-User License Agreement.|r|n|n|cffffd200Your account is locked because you successfully downloaded your account data.|r
|cffff2020World of Warcraft realms will be temporarily unavailable in this region after January 23rd, 2023.|r|n|n|cffffd200You can download your game progress (including characters and gear under your World of Warcraft accounts) now so that you may be able to restore it in the future.|r|n|n|cffffd200Saving your game progress locally will lock your account from play. Please safeguard your Archive as we hope to enable use of the Archive at a later time.|r|n|n|n</p><h1>|cffffffffSave your Game Progress Locally|r</h1><p>|n|cffff2020By downloading your game progress, your account will be immediately locked.|r|n|n|cffffd200You won't be able to use this account until it's restored in the future.|r|n|n|cffffffffThis feature and the archived game progress are subject to the B.Net End-User License Agreement.|r|n|n|cffffd200If you're sure, type|r |cffffffffLOCK ACCOUNT:|r
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