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Faction Transfers Coming To World of Warcraft

Maybe a little change of scenery would do your alternate characters some good?

Now if they'd just let me change into one of the dudes from The Lost Vikings... 
Blizzard has issued some early word on an upcoming customer service feature for World of Warcraft. The company is developing a service that, like the realm transfer system that lets players move their characters from one server to another, will allow players to flip their Alliance characters over to Horde, or vice versa.

The news comes from a post to the Blizzard boards that, like anything involving change, touched off an avalanche of comments from people who make like this is going to be the end of the world. Actually, it's a bit more even than the average announcement, as there are plenty of people piping up in there with "cool" and "wow!" messages, expressing a touch of excitement for the upcoming feature.

It's primarily going in to allow players who leveled up characters on the opposite side as their friends to swap over and join up with their posse. But there aren't really any more details about it out there, so we'll have to wait and see what sort of restrictions are applied and how, exactly, it'll all work.

I suspect Mountain Dew will be involved.
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Posted by Jeff
Now if they'd just let me change into one of the dudes from The Lost Vikings... 
Blizzard has issued some early word on an upcoming customer service feature for World of Warcraft. The company is developing a service that, like the realm transfer system that lets players move their characters from one server to another, will allow players to flip their Alliance characters over to Horde, or vice versa.

The news comes from a post to the Blizzard boards that, like anything involving change, touched off an avalanche of comments from people who make like this is going to be the end of the world. Actually, it's a bit more even than the average announcement, as there are plenty of people piping up in there with "cool" and "wow!" messages, expressing a touch of excitement for the upcoming feature.

It's primarily going in to allow players who leveled up characters on the opposite side as their friends to swap over and join up with their posse. But there aren't really any more details about it out there, so we'll have to wait and see what sort of restrictions are applied and how, exactly, it'll all work.

I suspect Mountain Dew will be involved.
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Edited by William

i still won't subscribe again.

Posted by SpecialBuddy

This sounds great!

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Posted by munmon

They do that, I will quit WoW

Posted by Avarix

Cool, I might subscribe again.

Posted by VaultDweller13

Would doing that force a server transfer as well?  I haven't played in a while but can't you not have characters of both factions in the same realm?

Posted by zityz

This might sound intriging if they let me change into The Eradicator from The Death and Return of Superman. Then i MIGHT consider playing the game...maybe...probably not but it would still be cool.

Posted by AndrewB

So obviously you'd have to change races, right? If that's the case, I don't see how this could be a big problem. It doesn't hurt anybody, and allows people who legitimately made the wrong choice an option of switching over. Of course, Blizzard gets to reap even more profit, and become a bloated gassbag of money.

Posted by TheClap

I can't wait to get some Gamer Fuel

Posted by MrKlorox

BEARDS TO YOUR FACE!

Posted by IceColdGamer

Great idea. No problems here.

Posted by JJOR64

That sounds crazy.  WoW just keeps getting better and better.

Posted by Floppypants

This is long overdue in my opinion.  This change is going to let a lot of people, including myself, play with real life friends without rerolling.

Posted by Vinchenzo

Stupid idea. I miss the days when selecting a realm, a name, and a character were all serious decisions. Way to fuck WoW up, Blizzard. I'd seriously consider hating you if you weren't making Diablo III and Starcraft II.

Posted by EvilTwin
@VaultDweller13 said:
" Would doing that force a server transfer as well?  I haven't played in a while but can't you not have characters of both factions in the same realm? "
On PvP servers you can't.  On PvE servers you can have any combination of Horde and Alliance characters. 
Posted by Alwaysrun

 Emotional responses aside I think this is a good feature addition for WoW players. If a realm is lopsided they could add incentives (or not charge money) to tranfer to the minority faction. This is a good thing.
 
I still won't ever play another MMO again, Blizz can dangle that carrot on a stick somewhere else. 'Nuff said.

Posted by walls

This is actually pretty crazy. I assume this will involve a race change as well (obviously) so could this possibly mean race changes with your current faction.

Posted by Sniipe

I've been trying to quit WoW on and off for years.  I just started playing again, and now this...

When will it end?  Blizzard is a thief of my $15.

Posted by welly

:D

Posted by Crono

This would have been awesome like 5 months ago when i still played :(

Posted by Svestus

Hell yeah! ....oh, I was excited that somebody mentioned Lost Vikings.

Posted by Bwast

This is an absolutely terrible idea.

Posted by TooWalrus

I honestly don't know how I feel about this. I've always wished that I'd chose horde from the beginning but... Man, so many friends will be lost if I switch... Thanks for the fucking ultimatum, Blizzard.

Posted by Kajaah117

How would this even work? A race change would obviously be required, whatever. It sounds cool, but I'm skeptical until I see it in action.

Posted by MaddProdigy

Not gonna use it but i was just thinking that they need to implement this, awsome

Posted by JoelTGM

They are gonna make tons of money from that!

Posted by fox01313

Would have been nice when I was playing, I loved the horde side but most friends were playing alliance, while the human race benefit with factions helped out a lot I would have dropped it all to get my main warlock & rogue to flip to horde side instantly.

Posted by CharlesBronson05

Now if I want bigger shoulders I can just go Tauren.

Posted by Spiral_Stars

Hey what do you have against Mountain...
(watches last ten years of the Mountain Dew commercial campaign)
Oh.....

Posted by Cloneslayer

i started to play wow again this week. I feel so dirty

Posted by echo13791

This is quite exciting! I'll combo this with a server transfer and I can play with some friends

Edited by jaks

Nice to see a MMORPG company actually act on those exit polls when you cancel your account.. I know a big one for a lot of WoW players is they don't want to level up a dood on the other side that their friends play on, so they just quit.

More value added services please. Blizzard. There's people who have the money to pay for them and want to.

I know I will be switching over my abandoned horde mage.

Posted by Maxszy
@Vinchenzo said:
" Stupid idea. I miss the days when selecting a realm, a name, and a character were all serious decisions. Way to fuck WoW up, Blizzard. I'd seriously consider hating you if you weren't making Diablo III and Starcraft II. "
I'm with Vinchenzo on this one.

As an old WoW player who played from release for two years before finally stopping, this is the complete opposite of what it was like then. This is essentially a race change which they said they would never do. While I can sadly see why they have gone back on numerous things they have said (its gotten so big they've had too. their player base isn't what they probably thought it was going to be from the start) I still don't like it.
Posted by Seedofpower

hahaha man, they are sqeezing every penny out of this game as they can. Soon they will see their own gold and items for real money.

Posted by Yummylee

Their taking too much uniquety away from the game, bad enough that the exclusive class' had to be made available for both factions..but then again why am i even giving the slightest bit of care which could be better used on my lack of pepsi max atm?...well i do love to moan xD

Posted by Lestater
@Vinchenzo said:
" Stupid idea. I miss the days when selecting a realm, a name, and a character were all serious decisions. Way to fuck WoW up, Blizzard. I'd seriously consider hating you if you weren't making Diablo III and Starcraft II. "
You forget that it's a video game and that the word "srs" should be no where near it.
Posted by Killphuqdie

I really like the sound of this, when I used to play I chose alliance for a few friends who had quit by the time I was 70 and bit by bit I started to hate the alliance and it ruined the game for me. Until I got my belf rogue

Posted by DeadMonkeys

Awesome, but I'm probably not going to use it.

Posted by Champy
@William said:
" i still won't subscribe again. "
liar!!
Posted by Crash_Happy

I've never wanted to play WoW, so as an outsider I have to wonder. Why are players apparently assuming, and even willing, to pay money for this? There seems to be a few games out there that have exactly this not only for free but actually made part of the game.

Posted by animateria

Eh, why play alliance at all?

FOR THE HORDE! Bitches!

Edited by C2C

While quite the novel addition, this still won't make me go back to WoW.  They already leeched enough money off of me as it is.  

Posted by angryphil

mehh i really do not like wow, thinking about playing makes me sick ><

Posted by NathHaw

I heard about it tonight in game.  I was excited, cuz now I can bring that neglected pally over to the Horde.  ...if it's all it's cracked up to be.

Posted by Death_Burnout

yup, i think i hate WoW even more now, too much trivialization.

Posted by demonbear

@Jeff Technically, the lost vikings ARE in wow. They're in Uldaman. See :




Posted by Vorbis

WoW has strayed so far from its original path I dont think this is such a big problem, this is nothing compared to the sex changes.

Posted by Zachariahus
@Alwaysrun said:
"

 Emotional responses aside I think this is a good feature addition for WoW players. If a realm is lopsided they could add incentives (or not charge money) to tranfer to the minority faction. This is a good thing.
 
I still won't ever play another MMO again, Blizz can dangle that carrot on a stick somewhere else. 'Nuff said.

"
I second this emotion.
Posted by ahoodedfigure

 wonder if you just get to change your character to a horde/alliance race, or if your actual dude is completely intact but now on the other side.  Interesting.

Posted by Kohe321

Cool stuff

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