World of Warcraft Will Allow Horde and Alliance Players to Play Together at Last

Blizzard Entertainment has made the announcement that its two World of Warcraft factions, long separated to keep the core conflict of the franchise, will be able to unify in premade parties in a forthcoming test build.

It’s a significant reformation for the game, which has always limited communication and gameplay within each faction.

But, as, on Monday, Game Director Ion Hazzikostas, mentioned in a blog post that “The faction divide could keep close friends from playing together, or cause players to feel that their faction leaves them with far fewer opportunities to pursue their favorite group content.” 

Guilds and Random Matchmaking Will Remain Faction-dependent

According to the developer blog post, the forthcoming changes will enable players from different groups to set up premade parties for “dungeons, raids, and rated PvP.” Guilds and random matchmaking will continue to be faction-dependent. 

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These new cooperative functions will be available in the 9.2.5 version of the public test realm — Blizzard’s space to test new content before its public release. No confirmed date was announced for the 9.2.5 update.

Hazzikostas said “We’re hopeful that these changes will serve to strengthen faction identity,” adding “by allowing more players to play the faction whose values, aesthetic, and characters they find more compelling, rather than feeling forced to choose between their personal preference and the ability to play with friends.” 

World of Warcraft
World of Warcraft

A Brand-new Survival Game

The news continues a series of significant announcements about Activision Blizzard, which was charged by California earlier this year upon allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination, and following which Microsoft acquired it for an amount of $68.7 billion earlier in January.

Blizzard announced a brand-new survival game on January 25, the very same day one of Activision’s other studios, Raven Software, announced its plan to vote on unionization. Employees have gone for walkouts and strikes since they advocate for better conditions since work on major titles such as World of Warcraft.

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