Here’s how World of Warcraft’s cross-faction guilds will work in Embers of Neltharion


World of Warcraft players who’ve waited almost two decades to put all their toons from both sides of faction war into the same guild are finally getting their wish when the Embers of Neltharion update launches on May 2nd. Ahead of the patch’s arrival, Blizzard detailed its plans for “blurring the faction line for guilds” in a new dev blog last night.

“Guild affiliation with the Alliance or Horde will depend on the faction of the Guild Leader, and guild achievements and vendors will still reflect the guild’s primary faction,” the studio says.

“Guild repairs and social conveniences, like shared chat, will be available to opposite-faction guild members. Players must be friends or part of the same community to invite or receive an invitation to an opposite-faction guild on the same realm. Opposite-faction guildmates can only play communally inside instances; they’ll still be considered Unfriendly to each other (or Hostile in War Mode) in the outdoor world.”

And of course, it’s worth noting that while everyone in the guild will reap the benefits of shared perks, not everyone can contribute to all of them, depending on their faction. “As an example, Alliance members of a Horde guild could not contribute progress towards the Alliance Slayer guild achievement.” Just makes sense.

Activision-Blizzard is considered a controversial gaming company owing to a long string of scandals over the last few years, including the Blitzchung boycott, mass layoffs, labor disputes, and executive pay fiasco. In 2021, the company was sued by California for fostering a work environment rife with sexual harassment and discrimination, the disastrous corporate response to which compounded Blizzard’s ongoing pipeline issues and the widespread perception that its online games are in decline. Multiple state and federal agencies are investigating the company as employees unionize¬†and call for Bobby Kotick’s resignation. As of 2023, the company is being acquired by no less than Microsoft.
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