If you are a dedicated WOW player that feels that their current realm is a little too crowded, you might be interested to know that Blizzard will be unveiling a realm-transfer system sometime in the near future.
Gamespot sat down with Shane Dabiri, the lead producer for WOW and uncovered the following information:
GameSpot: What’s the incentive for players to transfer to a less-populated realm? We know that they get shorter wait queues to log on, but don’t they lose all their friends who don’t transfer over, especially if your friends balk at the fee?
Shane Dabiri: We have a portion of the players on every realm who are not part of a guild, so it may be an appealing option for them. In addition, there may be some guilds that choose to move over to less-populated realms. Our goal with this is not so much about providing incentives for players to transfer realms as it is about offering an additional service for their convenience. This is something that many players have asked us about for a long time, so we’re glad that we’ll be able to make the service available to them in the near future.
GS: Speaking of the fee, Blizzard is charging $25 per character transfer. Is this to prevent people from abusing the feature? Will you be able to transfer a character as much as you want, so long as you’re willing to pay $25 each time? And what sorts of transfer restrictions are there in general?
SD: A character can only be transferred to a new realm once every six months, and once completed, a character transfer cannot be reversed. Also, there will be both character and realm restrictions. For example, you will need to be at least level 10 to transfer realms, and you’ll only be able to carry over a certain amount of gold. The cap is set at 300 gold for characters between levels 10 and 30, 1,000 gold for characters between levels 31 and 50, and characters at level 51 and above can bring a maximum of 5,000 gold.
As for realm restrictions, players can only transfer characters between realms of the same type, or from a PVP to a normal (PVE) realm. To prevent players from leveling up without the challenges of a PVP environment and then unfairly being able to make leveling up more difficult for other players on a PVP realm, transfers from a normal to a PVP realm are not permitted. Also, if a player decides to transfer from one PVP realm to another PVP realm, he/she can only do so if there is no faction violation (that is, players cannot already have a character of the opposing faction on the destination realm).
Most of the restrictions we have in place are to prevent abuse of the service, and we don’t feel they will impact regular players.
Call me crazy but a $25 fee for a character transfer seems more like an attempt to turn a quick buck than it does as an attempt to prevent abuse.
Posted by Sean