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Blizzard may one day let the Alliance and the Horde play together in World of Warcraft

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For almost two decades now (and long before that if you count its Warcraft predecessors), World of warcraft centered on a conflict between two factions: the Alliance and the Horde. The twain has never been able to meet to do co-op content together in the MMORPG … but Blizzard says that could one day change. Today’s World of Warcraft Q&A at BlizzCon 2021, panel moderator Scott Johnson asked a number of questions regarding the recent announcements of World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Classic and The next patch 9.1 for World of Warcraft: Shadowlands to a panel of Blizzard developers, including game director Ion Hazzikostas, covering topics such as cutscenes and recent lore, character availability and transfer for The Burning Crusade Classic, and game balance.

The discussion centered on whether some of the “realms” or servers in World of Warcraft have extremely low Alliance or Horde populations. And since players can only do raids, dungeons, quests, and most other content with their same faction, this can often lead to players moving to more populated servers or switching factions, ensuring that some servers become even more biased or are abandoned. entirely. Hazzikostas cited features like cross-server play and Connected Realms as having alleviated much of this problem, but acknowledged that it was still an issue due to the need for guilds to be made up of characters. all on one server, among others.

Johnson then asked the panel a question he said apparently came up every year, with a negative answer each time: Would Blizzard ever let the Horde and Alliance raid, or would he do Mythic dungeons together? ?

Hazzikostas turned the tide with his response:

“Honestly, I would never say never… There are a ton of reasons why it’s essential to maintain faction identity, but for the sake of the Ranked Arena, from day one, the Alliance could fighting the Alliance and the Horde could fight the Horde. When Burning Crusade Classic comes out later this year, it will be a thing and it will be a competitive activity, and it was one of those areas where the gameplay and the need to matchmaking was the top priority and had to be. In an ideal world all of those priorities would coexist, but at the end of the day an MMO like World of Warcraft is all about being able to play with your friends, being able to play where you want to be and arguably, there is more stretch in faction identity. if you feel you can really choose which faction you identify with, feel most a member of, and don’t have to sacrifice this because you need to be with your gr oupe or want to join a higher rated guild.

“I have colleagues who are longtime Alliance players who now play Horde, who really wish they could be Alliance, who do it for guild reasons, and I know there are tens of thousands, maybe more, in this same boat across the world. . We would love to do something for them. “

Whatever the nature of this shift, it is clear that the potential unification suggested by Hazzikostas will not happen anytime soon. While update 9.1 Chains of Domination includes a number of new features including a new raid, mega-dungeon, and new outdoor space, it doesn’t look like the Alliance and Horde can play together just yet.

But Blizzard seems open to other big leaps that it might not have considered in the past, with the developers telling IGN in a pre-BlizzCon interview that they were open to the idea of one day releasing a Wrath of the Lich King Classic version – if enough players are interested.

Rebekah Valentine is a journalist at IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.


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