World of Warcraft will not split up its Classic servers based on language

    
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I mean, you know what it looks like.

If you’re a European fan of World of Warcraft eager for the Classic servers to arrive, you’d better brush up on your linguistic skills. Blizzard has announced that while the Classic servers will indeed be split into the three classic server styles (Normal, Roleplaying, and PvP), they will not be divided by language in any way, so there will be no French-speaking servers or English-speaking servers. Instead, you’ll just be in a general melange of European servers.

The one exception to this are Russian servers, due to the requirements of the Cyrillic alphabet. Players are understandably a bit concerned about how this may wind up causing some serious communication issues on any given server, although the majority of complaints are agitating for RP-PvP servers rather than concerned about potential communication issues. It certainly will result in a different environment without linguistic separation; you can do your own speculating about how much that’s motivated by a love of player choice and how much comes down to not wanting to invest in more servers.

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DargorV .

“Enjoy dying to ping”

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Harry Koala

The problem with not having official language servers is that instead you get unofficial language servers. I’m sure some people have bad memories of coming to the realisation that their server had become e.g. the unofficial polish server, and all the practical problems that ensued (and all the assholery from both sides trying to enforce an English / non English language choice.

The flip side is that if you do have official language servers, people expect full GM and customer support to be available in that language to, and I can entirely understand why blizzard aren’t willing to commit to hiring dozens of people for each official language for a project whose financial future is somewhat unpredictable.

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Bruno Brito

Warsong hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha++++

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Akagi

It’s what made Vanilla private servers so big so quickly. It’s a good move from Blizzard.

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Dug From The Earth

Bueno, eso es simplemente genial! Tak mnogo dlya prostogo vzaimodeystviya s lyud’mi dlya komand! Wǒ juédé juésè qiúyuán bù hǎo

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Arthen Wolfsbane

The only difference between this and my experience in vanilla on the English speaking servers is maybe I will get to know a few German and French players because I pretty much got to know people from every other part of Europe in those days from Sweden all the way down to Greece .

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Michael18

Now I’m actually a bit sad they do not include a Looking for Group. PUGs combined with a Babylonian confusion of tongues would be glorious!

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Randy Savage

Most Europeans speak better English than Americans speak French and German.

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silverlock

That’s because English is the international language for getting laid in Europe.

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Arthen Wolfsbane

What ? No one told me .

I suppose its a bit late in life for me to go backpacking now :P I did find having an English accent helped somewhat with American women back in the day though .

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silverlock

lol I don’t think it counts if its your native tongue. No but if you go to someplace like Prague all the young people at the clubs and cafes will be speaking English to each other.

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Randy Savage

As if I needed any more reasons to visit Prague.

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Randy Savage

No it’s because Europeans actually properly educate their children by requiring them to learn multiple languages beyond their native. In America, our kids can’t even speak English.

K38FishTacos
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K38FishTacos

I should OF thought about that before. I could OF learned a lot of languages.

seculaparsec
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seculaparsec

*yoru’e

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DargorV .

Its not a “europe” thing. Canada, Africa and Asia do the same really.

Its mostly just the US that doesn’t bother.

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Arthen Wolfsbane

I don’t suppose many Americans speak either French or German at all . Actually that’s also true of many British people as well . I speak a little French but no German .

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Randy Savage

I took German in high school. Those Rammstein lyrics weren’t going to translate themselves!

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Daniel Reasor

Most Europeans speak better English than Americans speak English.

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Randy Savage

But can Europeans speak ‘Murican? I doubt it. They have too many brain cells!

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cykelbud

This is what basically happened recently to GW2. Also quite normal for most EU servers for F2P MMOs.

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Zora

A RP realm where different group languages constantly and involuntarily break each other’s immersion by simply emoting and speaking their own language… and someone thought it would be a good idea?

At least they told us early enough to allow me to give up on the possibility of giving classic a try before I put too much thought into the who and what to roll. No harm no foul I suppose…

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IronSalamander8 .

There’s a lot of upset people about this. Not that I blame them at all. It’s hard enough getting people to listen in WoW even when you do all speak the same language, much less when you don’t!

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Michael18

C’mon, how hard can it be to learn to say, err, shout “Don’t stand in the fire!” in 15 different languages?