Cross-Realm Functionality on RP Realms

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Patch 7.0 included some server-side changes to the way our cross-realm and sharding technologies work. While these changes were made to improve system and server performance, they inadvertently affected Role Playing realms and communities in a way we did not intend.

We recognize the issue this has caused for the role playing community, and have been hard at work on some improvements to our tech that will allow us to disable it entirely in certain areas on RP servers. In those designated areas, players on RP realms will not be automatically mixed with players from other realms, nor will they be split into multiple “shards”. In other words, if you’re on an RP server, you won’t have trouble finding other people from your realm in these areas, and shouldn’t see very many (if any) players from other realms.

Additionally, it’s worth clarifying that our previous rules which prevented RP realms from being automatically CRZ’ed with non-RP realms have not changed, even outside of these designated areas. However, please be aware that our party-based cross-realm tech is still in place, so if someone from another realm groups up with someone on your realm, you might see them.

We’re currently applying these changes to Stormwind and Orgrimmar, and North American realms should be starting to see their effects. Realms in other regions will pick the changes up with their next restarts. Once we’ve had some time to see how these changes are working out in action, we’ll begin applying them to other common social hubs (such as other capital cities, Elwynn Forest, etc.), with the goal to eventually roll this out to the vast majority of the game world. The only exceptions will be a few very specific locations where sharding is needed to prevent major performance issues, particularly with the upcoming expansion launch.

Again, our goal was never to disrupt the role playing community, and we apologize for any distress or confusion this has caused those players.
This is amazing! Thank you Blizz for fixing this so quickly!
So some realms will have CRZ cities?
Thank you so much for listening blizzard!
Thank you blizz
Thank you very much.
07/22/2016 03:45 PMPosted by Ornyx
We recognize the issue this has caused for the role playing community, and have been hard at work on some improvements to our tech that will allow us to disable it entirely in certain areas on RP servers. In those designated areas, players on RP realms will not be automatically mixed with players from other realms, nor will they be split into multiple “shards”. In other words, if you’re on an RP server, you won’t have trouble finding other people from your realm in these areas, and shouldn’t see very many (if any) players from other realms.

Could I ask why this won't be put into place in ALL areas on RP realms? Why is it being restricted to certain designated areas? Will there be a comprehensive list given of these areas, so RPers know where it's safe to go and hold events?
As someone from Emerald Dream. Though I do not RP. I'm glad this is being address and fixed.
Happy to see a fix for this. Also nice to know that if I group up with a friend on a different server there's the possibility of seeing them in cities now. Win/win in my book.
Prolly just server stress, at that point it would almost being server mergers. Could you imagine trying to Merge Big RP realms the world would end.
Many thanks!!
Community asked for a reasonable fix and got it after providing appropriate argument. Very impressive way to open into Legion. Hope this continues.
so to get out of crz i have to move my chars to a rp realm???
07/22/2016 03:54 PMPosted by Napayshni
07/22/2016 03:45 PMPosted by Ornyx
We recognize the issue this has caused for the role playing community, and have been hard at work on some improvements to our tech that will allow us to disable it entirely in certain areas on RP servers. In those designated areas, players on RP realms will not be automatically mixed with players from other realms, nor will they be split into multiple “shards”. In other words, if you’re on an RP server, you won’t have trouble finding other people from your realm in these areas, and shouldn’t see very many (if any) players from other realms.

Could I ask why this won't be put into place in ALL areas on RP realms? Why is it being restricted to certain designated areas? Will there be a comprehensive list given of these areas, so RPers know where it's safe to go and hold events?

Read the rest of the post.

07/22/2016 03:45 PMPosted by Ornyx
Once we’ve had some time to see how these changes are working out in action, we’ll begin applying them to other common social hubs (such as other capital cities, Elwynn Forest, etc.), with the goal to eventually roll this out to the vast majority of the game world.
07/22/2016 03:56 PMPosted by Alatareith
so to get out of crz i have to move my chars to a rp realm???


RP realms and CRZ usually only works with other RP realms. So you will get less cross realm, but if you are not used to RP you may see some very unique things :)

Some times I see RP in the world and I hover for a bit to see the show :)
Thank you Blizzard for your rapid action in this matter. It is nice to know that the devs recognize the role that RP and RP servers play in the day to day activities of people who love this game. I look forward to seeing these changes in action and to seeing the restoration of our beloved RP hubs.
Read the rest of the post.

07/22/2016 03:45 PMPosted by Ornyx
Once we’ve had some time to see how these changes are working out in action, we’ll begin applying them to other common social hubs (such as other capital cities, Elwynn Forest, etc.), with the goal to eventually roll this out to the vast majority of the game world.

I did read that, actually, and my question still stands. "Vast majority" is not all, and I'm just curious why.

I completely understand -- and agree with -- the line of "The only exceptions will be a few very specific locations where sharding is needed to prevent major performance issues, particularly with the upcoming expansion launch." I'm just concerned that certain areas that aren't chosen, or are left over from the expansion launch, will be RP deadzones unnecessarily.

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