Cross-Realm Dungeon Feature Coming Soon…… For a Fee.

Originally Posted by Slorkuz

With the continued popularity of the Dungeon Finder, many players have been asking for a way to group up with real-life friends who play on other realms to take on instances together. Today, we wanted to give you a heads up about a new feature currently in development that will allow players to invite Real ID friends of the same faction to a party regardless of the realm they play on, and then queue up for a 5-player regular or Heroic dungeon.

As this is a fairly complex service to develop, we don’t have a release date to share quite yet. It’s important to note that as with some of the other convenience- and connectivity-oriented features we offer, certain elements of the cross-realm Real ID party system will be premium-based, though only the player sending the invitations will need to have access to the premium service. We’ll have more details to share with you as development progresses — in the meantime, you may begin to see elements of the feature appear on the World of Warcraft PTR.

Very useful for hardcore guilds wanting to screen people from other realms and those who want to apply to guilds on other realms without paying the transfer fee speculatively.

The problem being in a more general sense that this sort of thing is corporate americas favourite way of milking something successful (until it dies.) First there are fees for non core, very tangential stuff, then the frog starts getting boiled by degrees. Before you know it, pretty much everything you used to get as standard costs real money and the business you once knew and loved is gone, their service sucks and it’s time to move on.

GG activision, i’m not leaving on this one but I know where this is going.

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3 Responses to Cross-Realm Dungeon Feature Coming Soon…… For a Fee.

  1. Maeco says:

    Typical decision made by the Activision department. I am glad it remains an option, but I fear greed will eventually make me permanently cancel my subscription instead of ‘growing out’ of the game.

    Perhaps my concern is misplaced, I don’t know, but I will remain sceptical about how ‘good’ this merge was between Blizzard and Activision.

  2. Joe says:

    Activision, Kotick said, has no interest in games that “don’t have the potential to be exploited every year on every platform with clear sequel potential and have the potential to become $100 million franchises.”

    Talking of $100m franchises, Kotick likes the way that World of Warcraft is heading. “The best of all margins – the 25 per cent operating margin business – has the potential as we can see with World of Warcraft to be a 50 per cent operating margin business.

    Guys a socipath – if you see him on video he’s missing the rapport element normal humans have and has to match others consciously.

  3. Maeco says:

    Fun isn’t quantifiable, but money is!

    It is sickening, but it is the global trend the business world moves to and it is not only to the entertainment industry.

    B. Kotick could be the CEO of any corporation for that matter, its all about making profit by making low risk business choices and having a good understanding of the human behavior/psycology.
    Atleast with Mike Morhaime, former CEO of Blizzard Entertainment, you know he loves games he produced along with his co-workers. This doesn’t seem to be the case with Kotick, for him games are just that: products for sale, nothing more, nothing less.

    Until I fully stop enjoying WoW, ActivBlizzard can expect my 13 euro per month, but who knows how long that last with this direction…

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