Blizzard’s community team recently made an announcement on the official World of Warcraft forums about an upcoming cross-realm dungeon feature…that will cost an extra fee to use. Naturally the word of the additional fee has the community up in arms. Here’s the full announcement:
With the continued popularity of the Dungeon Finder, many players have been asking for a way to group up with real-life friends who play on other realms to take on instances together. Today, we wanted to give you a heads up about a new feature currently in development that will allow players to invite Real ID friends ( http://us.battle.net/en/realid/ ) of the same faction to a party regardless of the realm they play on, and then queue up for a 5-player regular or Heroic dungeon.
As this is a fairly complex service to develop, we donâ€™t have a release date to share quite yet. Itâ€™s important to note that as with some of the other convenience- and connectivity-oriented features we offer, certain elements of the cross-realm Real ID party system will be premium-based, though only the player sending the invitations will need to have access to the premium service. We’ll have more details to share with you as development progresses — in the meantime, you may begin to see elements of the feature appear on the World of Warcraft PTR.
People tend to not have a problem with paid features such as character transfers, or even the $3 a month mobile app features (that are pretty awesome), but as soon as they mention paying an additional fee for an in-game feature; the community has exploded. This also comes after word that Blizzard has lost nearly 600,000 subscriptions, which makes a lot of the people screaming about this think it’s just a cash grab to make up for churning subs. The furor over this is the likes of which the WoW community hasn’t seen since the RealID controversy last year when they wanted to use player’s real names on the forums.