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.