Looks promising, hope it works out.
I'm not saying this is gonna be a bad system or implementation, but wondering why people would use this over discord, unless they really hate using external, out of game programs.Cause that's basically what they're trying to create, an ingame version of discord. I just don't see it ever having equal or better functionality.
Didn't know how excited I was for this until I read about it. Should be a fun way to communicate with people.
This just looks like some meager attempt to lure people away from other forms of social media and external communication. Discord is already jam packed with resource rich communities for every conceivable type of Warcraft player along with every other multiplayer game currently floating around. I just hope whatever resources were wasted creating and further developing this... "feature" doesn't lead to more Warlords of Draenor style cutbacks.
imo Discord is still better because you can be playing different games and still chat/voice chat.
think of communities for specific activities for example I'm going to one to do farming of old raids that can not be done alone for the xmog
An improved guild and calendar UI, including persistent chat and more integration with stuff like group finder and calendar events, is what I'm really hoping from this. I agree with others that something like Discord will probably still be better for "communities" (assuming Discord stays free) because Blizzard's in-game UIs are usually pretty clunky.But really, they are only 4 months out (probably 3 or so until pre-patch) and still apparently have basically nothing implemented for this feature so far, so I don't have high hopes that most of it will even make it for BFA release. I'm guessing communities will be an 8.1 or 8.2 feature.
Many players don't use Discord. I personally don't use it because I see no reason to go to a third party site when Blizzard should be offering the same thing in the game itself. I hate going to third party sites for anything although I tolerate WoWhead and MMO-Champion. I'd certainly prefer if WoWhead were built into the game and if news were more readily available within the game, too. If I have to, then that's a failing on Blizzard's part. I find third party sites to be as bad as Blizzard making major announcements and only communicating with players via third party sites. If you have to use a third party site for news and talking with the developers, then what's the point to their own forums? The same is true of guides and even communities. Blizzard should be offering these themselves.If you find the Blizzard system lacking, then make suggestions on how they can improve it to entice you to use it over Discord and similar communities. Now is the time to make suggestions. If you fail to make suggestions to improve it, then you really can't complain when you whine that the system is sub par and you're "forced" to continue to use Discord.Personally, I'm not sure I'd use the communities in the game. Maybe I will. More than likely I won't. I'm more interested in more connected realms at the moment than I am in communities.
Y'know, this can exist alongside Discord. You can use both. ;)I am *really* looking forward to this. I don't like the always-in-your-business nature of guilds, but pugs get way too ridiculous without accountability. This seems like it could be a good middle ground. I can imagine all the streamers setting up these cross-realm Comms for viewer raids or gold farming. Also, yeah, transmog Comms, pet collecting, achieves that can't be completed solo.This could be really, really good. *crosses fingers*
it kills me how they are able to come up with this new interface for "guild lite" but can't revamp the looking for guild interface. Blizz hates guilds.
While I will end up using it for a few particular things already mentioned (old raids for the most part), I would have preferred a different approach. I'm sure Blizzard being the big company they are can also see how big Discord is now and into the future for gamer's. Why not team up with Discord and have it integrated into the game itself? Discord already lets you link your battle.net account, imagine having your discord channel's in some interface directly in the game?One of the features requested by Discord for ages now are skins for the UI. Imagine each Blizzard game (and other games too) having their own custom UI in-game that you could then unlock to use on the actual discord application as well if you have purchased the game in question? I think it would make for a great cross-marketing strategy, would be great fan service for people who already use Discord and ultimately may save Blizzard on resources if this infrastructure is running on Discord's end.I'm not so dumb to see that there are risks involved as with any partnership like this such as Discord closing shop or privacy concerns on either end (that I'm sure both companies can work together on), but I think it would be a great start to unifying where gamer's talk to each other./opinion
This looks to be similar to the system they use in Diablo III...kind of like they did with World Quests. Is it my imagination, or is Blizzard copy-pasting quite a bit of D3's mechanics nowadays?
in-game discord? try again blizzard.
Back when I played LOTRO (2008/2009), which supports custom chat channels, I created the SKA channel (Small kinship Alliance) then advertised it as a way for people who had small Kins (Guilds) to meet others and find people for group content. To this day I'm friends with some of the people I met there. I'm looking forward to WOW having this as a way to do the same thing in the game. My current guild consists of myself and my hubby and while we have no interest in joining another guild, it would be awesome to have a community of like minded people who are interested in making friends with folks for group content without the guild commitment. So I'm hopeful for what this might bring the table.