Faction-Change Service in the Works
Quote from: Nethaera (Source)
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.
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What’s my take on this? Fifty-fifty.
Good! I have a couple of 40s and 50s Ally toons (again, blasphemy!) that I now wish I had made Horde. Hell, my level 71 Priest on the Alliance side is one of them. This way, I can “correct my mistake” and join the faction I feel more comfortable with. Also, if I could convince Setsuna to a) start playing again and b) to transfer her druid to Horde and finally c) to transfer her over to my server, I think it’d be great! Sure she wouldn’t be her pretty Night Elf, but come on! Cow people are even cooler! I swear!
Bad! And here’s why: My server is over running with Alliance. I kid you not. Us horde only hang out in the Horde side in fear that the Alliance will trample us on the streets. And in Wintergrasp? It’s a royal pain in the ass. I think we’ve defended the keep a total of 40 times. It’s pathetic. Our tenancy is at 10 stacks. We cry when we get near the keep on our siege engines and demolishers and within seconds we’re back in the graveyard. So what could happen? A lot of the Horde on servers where Alliance tromps our ass (or vice versa!) could switch to the dominant side. Therefore causing an even bigger disadvantage to the faction.
That’s my two cents. Plus this faction change is still under development and a very early heads up. We’ll see how things go along and hopefully there will be some kind of balance.