World of Warcraft: Classic is opening up free character moves in the near future

    
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Exceedingly dire.

Please, people, if you are on a congested realm in World of Warcraft: Classic, please move off of it. That’s the implicit plea in the announcement today that free character transfers will be arriving soon for the game, allowing you to move your character off of the high-population PvP server (it’s always the PvP servers) and onto a less-populated server, which is notable since this is currently the only way for characters in Classic to be moved to different servers.

Transfers cannot occur if a character has mail, running auctions, or a guild leader position. The option will apparently be available on both the queue screen and the character select screen, so you’ll have ample opportunity to decide that waiting in queue is for the birds and hop over to another server if you so desire. We’ll see how things shake out once the actual list of source and destination realms is available; for now, just know that you’ll have the chance to move if you’re tired of the queues.

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Alyn
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Alyn

I’m going to be a bit of a gambler and suggest that these queues will eventually cease. Eventually, mind you. Once the nostalgia has worn away, or another new game appears with all the bells and whistles and the massive hype they smite you with.

-just a matter of time, laddie-

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Malcolm Swoboda

Even if they cease, they might return with Phase updates through next year.

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G0dl355

If they stay true to vanilla then crossrealm will never come to Classic servers. In that case your servers population is very important since blizzard isn’t known for server merging. They don’t like the way it looks, they never have.

Stay on your high pop, long queue server.

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Reginald Bottomsworth

Has Blizzard suggested crossrealm servers for Classic? I’ve not read anything.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Battlegrounds were cross-realm in 1.x.

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Arktouros

Again this is pretty yikes and I wouldn’t transfer.

Queues suck, but what’s worse than queues is having no one to play with when the population drops.

One could argue that issue was already solved in future versions of the game offering cross server queues and grouping but that seems to be a particular sticking point for some WOW Classic players. People will just end up quitting the game or rerolling back on to a more populated server so why waste your time?

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Annoyed badger

NEVER leave a populated realm.

Bliz shove you off onto a shite one….then you have to pay to move back once your new realm dies.

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silverlock

I’m glad I chose Westfall over Pagle it has a good pop but no queues.

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MurderHobo

Wild ride out the gate, but this isn’t their first rodeo. They make it look easier than it is.

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Polyanna

The list of affected realms will show whether this is going to work. Certainly they’ll only allow free outs from the realms that currently are hitting full and having excessive queues. The question is what will be the allowed targets.

If the transfers are only to existing medium pop realms that already have plenty of characters, then some will move, but a whole lot of folks won’t because they don’t want to lose precious names.

The other problem will be the not moving crowd that just sit on their asses waiting for everyone else to move because “I want to be on the biggest server.” Meanwhile continuing to bitch about the queues daily and demanding that Blizzard “do something.”

Blizzard has had a couple weeks to think it through, so we can assume they have figured all this out. We’ll see what they wind up doing to try and break the logjam and make people take the opportunity of the free move.

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maydrock .

“Where can warp drive take me, but away from here?”

Bloodsail Buccaneers!

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Reginald Bottomsworth

I really like this server…it’s busy but I’ve only been in a queue on the first day.

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Arnold Hendrick

It appears that Blizzard DID learn from previous experience, and solved the initial player crush problem properly: spinning up new servers as fast as possible, and then providing free transfers.

I hope that free (or heavily discounted) transfers are also made available whenever a server merge occurs, as will be inevitable later.

Yes, I know that Blizzard already has “disguised merge” technology that maintains a fiction of separate servers, while having players share the same server hardware/VMs and often the same zone instance. But the price of the disguise is that it cripples interaction – by often preventing players from easily conversing or guilding-up across “virtual servers” within a merged server, as well as confusing the unholy daylights out of many players.