With our recent announcement regarding server types and RP-PvP type servers, we've seen a lot of contention both on the forums and around the internet. We had hoped that the community at large would appreciate us sticking true to Vanilla World of Warcraft and opting to keep RP-PvP servers out of our initial release but it seems this has put a lot of players out that had initially hoped to play on their preferred realm type.
Over the course of the past few weeks we have had many internal discussions on how best to remedy this issue, but were unable to come to a solid conclusion that would fit our, and our players' needs. One of the biggest challenges that the World of Warcraft team faces is maintaining functional operation across all of our available servers and to put it bluntly we simply do not have the capacity to fulfill the server requirements that come with Vanilla World of Warcraft if RP-PvP is enabled at launch. To this end it has been decided that perhaps allowing people to toggle their realm type on the fly while sharding all available realms may provide the experience our players are after while retaining optimal server capacity and ensuring peak player experience.
This means that all servers will be of "Normal" type in the realm list, and once logged in a player will be able to type /pvp, /pve, /rp or /rppvp into their chat window to be swapped over to the relevant server shard they desire. Not only will this assist with capacity requirements, we're hoping that players will find this a welcome change to World of Warcraft that helps put the World back into Warcraft.
Big news everyone. News in April! On the first no less! :O
I hope this doesn’t take the place of the weekly updates we’ve been getting!
I would know, I wrote it all :)
Thought I'd have a little fun for the day
omg that's retarded I am outraged
You are an evil woman, Solveig.
I for one am glad they are at last coming to their senses regarding this thorny matter.
No longer will I be swallowed by a sudden dread creeping up my wizardy cuffs, my escaping moves down already, since I'll have the servers to back that old nag up !
Blink fiesta outbound.
April is for miraculous deeds and rightfully so !
-Spying from the grave at the behest of the Kirin Tor. Roughly speaking.-
You are a truly terrible human being.
From the slackened maw of the beast can only come chaos and destruction. Defend your people!
Ha! For a minute I thought this was real - and after I realized it's a joke I still thought it's an official one.
All joking aside - from an RP point of view I think I would welcome the introduction of a system like this.
Maybe it would prevent more people who aren't interested in roleplay at all from mistakenly rolling on RP servers.
Am i completely misunderstanding this or not.
Wont this completely destroy server identity, in the means of knowing "everyone" on your server, what guilds, what top end players and such that you knew back in the day.
if all realms are "Normal" and you will toggle on the fly with sharding, this will completely destroy everything??
Fuck me... i've been at work for 5 hours, been fooled twice, once by my CEO and i've made myself look completely stupid infront of the whole office. And now this......
Son of a bitch
Wow. I have to say, this was such a semi-believable bad change that I thought it coulda been real. But alas, tis the day for such things.
I got scared for a second.
Could work great for retail in all honesty.
Holy moly dude, I actually threw up in my mouth a bit reading that until I realized it was an April Fool's joke. You got me. Way to give a man a heart attack on a Monday morning.