what are virtual realms?

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People need to quit jumping to conclusions assuming the worst.

This is to fix the problem of low pop realms. Not medium or healthy population realms.

You will now be able to fill out pugs locally. You can raid, locally. LFR isn't your only option now.

Everyone calm down and have a nice hot cup of common sense.

Would you rather they force a merger or shut down servers? People have emotional ties to their server name. Blizzard listened to their player base and is finally, after years and years of complaints, doing something about the low population realms without affecting which realm you play on. This is actually a much better solution (in theory) to the problem that anything done previously in any other mmo.
Basically Cross-realm everything, from groups to guilds, Auction houses to raids.


Oh, joy...


You mean listening to the complaints of the players and then promptly spitting in their faces?


I've never "spit" in anyone's face in my life, I assure you.

Ghostcrawler said it yesterday in a tweet, consider the PTR like a petri dish. We're going to put things on there from time to time to test out how they work. By doing this, we get to see the results without having to commit them and affect a larger population of players in a "permanent" way. Constructive feedback from testers is always a valuable commodity as is just having people go in to the PTR and playing like they normally would so that we can see the effect of the changes.

As I also said, Virtual Realms will not be releasing overnight. There's still time before we go live with them and we still have more to do to make sure they work in a way that makes sense and adds value to the community they serve. Again, I think once we get more details in front of people, and are able to answer more questions about it and what it will do, the more likely many of the concerns I've seen here will be addressed. And if they're not, we'll work to address them as much as possible.
Even though I am a die-hard solo player, I am looking on the bright side of this and look forward to seeing more advertising for world boss PuGs and an auction house that moves stuff a little faster. I know it will all work out for the best.
Will there still be cross realm zones or this replacing it?
Blizz must be only MMO in such denial, they make up a convoluted, childish name for Server Mergers.

Blizz get some balls, we all know your losing sub's buy the thousands daily, call it server mergers, maybe people will have faith in you guys again for at least being honest.
If not, then you wont further confuse the very people you claim on trying to attract.

-1 for bull!@#$ reply


Because forced server mergers did wonders for SWTOR and RIFT Populations right??? Honestly this is the best of both worlds. You're getting the server merger that you are demanding but you're not going to end up loosing your name, your guild rep or your guild in general. So they call it a virtual server.. Out of all of the solutions from other games this one quite honestly seems to be the most thought out vs caving.
more likely many of the concerns I've seen here will be addressed. And if they're not, we'll work to address them as much as possible.
Area 52 currently has queues as high as 1300 just to get on. Are these super high pop realms going to be merged with other super high pop realms? A52 is mostly horde, but if we merge with a mostly alliance server, we're looking at double the queue if we have another 1300 alliance also trying to get on. That's the major concern I have, is population and massive queues, especially with everything being 50% off and more people coming to our already flooded server.
Oh thank you so much for your response to my question Nethaera I appreciate it :3
06/12/2013 07:36 AMPosted by Cozzene
more likely many of the concerns I've seen here will be addressed. And if they're not, we'll work to address them as much as possible.
Area 52 currently has queues as high as 1300 just to get on. Are these super high pop realms going to be merged with other super high pop realms? A52 is mostly horde, but if we merge with a mostly alliance server, we're looking at double the queue if we have another 1300 alliance also trying to get on. That's the major concern I have, is population and massive queues, especially with everything being 50% off and more people coming to our already flooded server.


Yeah, that's really obviously not going to happen
I feel sorry for you Blizzard. This is probably the most difficult community to please.

Everyone complains about low population servers and wanting mergers. Then, when Blizzard releases a great idea, a great thing to help with the lesser fortunate servers that are struggling, everyone is quick to jump their bones.

This community is much worse then a pregnant woman whose hormones are raging non-stop. You want it, then you don't, then you do, then you completely change your mind after you have it.

This feature will be helping TONS of players who PAY FOR A SUBSCRIPTION. The problem is, a lot of the player base things that the game should be tailored to them, and they will complain if and when its not. You are not the center of the universe and definitely not the only person playing World of Warcraft.

I'll play devil's advocate for Blizzard, Put on your big boy(or big girl) britches and suck it up. If you are achievement chasing, or title chasing, or mount collecting, keep doing it, I can GUARANTEE that the VR will not interrupt your gaming experience.

I guarantee this new feature will not interrupt my Heroic Progression, or anything I like to do in game. If anything, it gives me a more competitive and better chances to make more gold from the Auction House.
Thank God! Blizz is finally listening to us low pop realms!!! Thank you Blizz! I disliked CZ because of all the things Vrealms will now allow you to be able to do! Me and my hubby will now have more than me and him in our guild!!! Yay!!!!


Before MoP hit GC and company said there were plans to help low pop realms and crz was stated to not be what they were talking about. Yet so many took them to mean crz when they said otherwise.
06/12/2013 07:36 AMPosted by Cozzene
more likely many of the concerns I've seen here will be addressed. And if they're not, we'll work to address them as much as possible.
Area 52 currently has queues as high as 1300 just to get on. Are these super high pop realms going to be merged with other super high pop realms? A52 is mostly horde, but if we merge with a mostly alliance server, we're looking at double the queue if we have another 1300 alliance also trying to get on. That's the major concern I have, is population and massive queues, especially with everything being 50% off and more people coming to our already flooded server.


I can't answer about specific realms or how they will be connected (or not) currently, but I can say that we're very aware of the need to balance between a having a healthy population and ending up with queues. We will want to make sure that people can get in and play when they want to and still have people and resources they can rely on to have a great play experience.
What's with the name?

Aren't all realms virtual?

Or did you guys find a way to make WOW real?

... you keep the giant spiders over there. I don't want to find one crawling on me. D:
We will want to make sure that people can get in and play when they want to and still have people and resources they can rely on to have a great play experience.


Have servers had their load capability increased so that more people can be on them at any one time over the years? Because I can see a couple medium pop servers still being put together without any queues if this is the case.
... you keep the giant spiders over there. I don't want to find one crawling on me. D:


It won't crawl on you. Just slowly begin to spin it's web around you so that when you awake from your slumber you'll find your bed and yourself encased in webbing. Like a big old silk sleeping bag.
Hope we get an event to test Virtual realms on ptr. This is the one thing the community and developers have to get right.
Well if one realm gets merged to another it should be a COMPLETE merger, if someone enters a guild with you, even if they are from a different server, they should be able to raid with you on heroic difficulty in current tier content, yes?

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