Faction Change Service For WOW Announced In Blue Post

Posted by dranus | Patch Notes | Wednesday 1 July 2009 1:40 pm

And now for something completely different!

This is quite a surprise to see this and especially with an early warning by the devs, speculation will be absolutely insane with how this will work and what the mechanics of it will be.

The way they will implement it will be the big question and so far I’ve seen suggestions of a server migration style payment method or race roulette, the big question is how will they make this open in a way that will sustain critical mass? As sometimes classes and factions get specific advantages so there may be a skew that rocks the boat on population.

http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=18031079410&sid=1

We wanted to give everyone a very early heads-up that, in response to player requests, we’re developing a new service for World of Warcraft that will allow players to change their faction from Alliance to Horde or Horde to Alliance. There’s still much work to do and many details to iron out, but the basic idea is that players will be able to use the service to transform an existing character into a roughly equivalent character of the opposing faction on the same realm. Players who ended up creating and leveling up characters on the opposite factions from their friends have been asking for this type of functionality for some time, and we’re pleased to be getting closer to being able to deliver it.

As with all of the features and services we offer, we intend to incorporate the faction-change service in a way that won’t disrupt the gameplay experience on the realms, and there will be some rules involved with when and how the service can be used. The number of variables involved increases the complexity of implementing this service, but we plan to take the time needed to ensure that it lives up to expectations before officially rolling it out. We’ll go into much more detail on all of this here at http://www.WorldofWarcraft.com as development progresses. In the meantime, we wanted to let you know that because this type of functionality requires extensive internal testing well in advance of release, you may be seeing bits and pieces of the service in the test builds we use for the public test realms moving forward.

Mount Changes Explained

Posted by dranus | Patch Notes | Monday 22 June 2009 3:23 pm

A blue post from Zarhym has shown some pretty impressive changes to mounts and mount requirements, cast times etc.
But what does all this really mean for you? (Full blue post at the bottom for those who just can’t wait)

  • Mount Costs and level requirements – With the changes to both the level requirements and cost, it will now become allot easier and faster to level. Druids; Hunters and Shamans get their travel forms at level 16, all others will get mounts at level 20 and it will be so cheap anyone can do it!
  • Level 19 Twinks – Druids and shamans will be jumping for joy, hunters will too but the addition of their travel forms at level 16 makes it viable for pvp related activities.

And as promised, full article below

Blue Post
http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=17730154175&sid=1
In the next major content patch, we intend to adjust mount requirements to further improve the leveling experience in World of Warcraft. In addition, cast times for summoning all mounts will be reduced to 1.5 seconds, down from 3 seconds. The following is a breakdown of the upcoming cost and level requirement changes we are making for each riding skill.

• Apprentice Riding (Skill 75)
o 60% land mount speed
o Requires level 20
o Cost: 4 gold
o Mount cost: 1 gold
o Mail will be sent to players at level 20 guiding them to the riding trainer

• Journeyman Riding (Skill 150)
o 100% land mount speed
o Requires level 40
o Cost: 50 gold
o Mount cost: 10 gold
o Mail will be sent to players at level 40 guiding them back to the riding trainer

• Expert Riding (Skill 225)
o 150% flying mount speed; 60% land mount speed
o Requires level 60
o Cost: 600 gold (faction discounts now apply: Honor Hold [Alliance]; Thrallmar [Horde])
o Mount Cost: 50 gold
o Can now be learned in Honor Hold (Alliance) or Thrallmar (Horde)

• Artisan Riding (Skill 300)
o 280% flying mount speed; 100% land mount speed
o Requires level 70
o Cost: 5,000 gold (faction discounts now apply: Honor Hold or Valiance Expedition [Alliance]; Thrallmar or Warsong Offensive [Horde])
o Mount Cost: 100 gold

• Movement Speed Training By Class


o Druid

  • Travel Form: Requires level 16
  • Flight Form: Requires level 60 (150% flight speed)
  • Swift Flight Form: Requires level 70

o Hunter

  • Aspect of the Cheetah: Requires level 16

o Shaman

  • Ghost Wolf: Requires level 16

o Paladin

  • Warhorse: Requires level 20
  • Charger: Requires level 40

o Warlock

  • Felsteed: Requires level 20
  • Dreadsteed: Requires level 40

Blue Post
http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=17730154175&sid=1
In the next major content patch, we intend to adjust mount requirements to further improve the leveling experience in World of Warcraft. In addition, cast times for summoning all mounts will be reduced to 1.5 seconds, down from 3 seconds. The following is a breakdown of the upcoming cost and level requirement changes we are making for each riding skill.

• Apprentice Riding (Skill 75)
o 60% land mount speed
o Requires level 20
o Cost: 4 gold
o Mount cost: 1 gold
o Mail will be sent to players at level 20 guiding them to the riding trainer

• Journeyman Riding (Skill 150)
o 100% land mount speed
o Requires level 40
o Cost: 50 gold
o Mount cost: 10 gold
o Mail will be sent to players at level 40 guiding them back to the riding trainer

• Expert Riding (Skill 225)
o 150% flying mount speed; 60% land mount speed
o Requires level 60
o Cost: 600 gold (faction discounts now apply: Honor Hold [Alliance]; Thrallmar [Horde])
o Mount Cost: 50 gold
o Can now be learned in Honor Hold (Alliance) or Thrallmar (Horde)

• Artisan Riding (Skill 300)
o 280% flying mount speed; 100% land mount speed
o Requires level 70
o Cost: 5,000 gold (faction discounts now apply: Honor Hold or Valiance Expedition [Alliance]; Thrallmar or Warsong Offensive [Horde])
o Mount Cost: 100 gold

• Movement Speed Training By Class
o Druid
Travel Form: Requires level 16
Flight Form: Requires level 60 (150% flight speed)
Swift Flight Form: Requires level 70

o Hunter
Aspect of the Cheetah: Requires level 16
o Shaman
Ghost Wolf: Requires level 16
o Paladin
Warhorse: Requires level 20
Charger: Requires level 40
o Warlock
Felsteed: Requires level 20
Dreadsteed: Requires level 40