Faction Change Q&A Madness

1 Jul

So Blizzard is going to let us change our faction via a nifty paid service.  To say that the news was met with mixed feelings players is an understatement of sorts – probably closer to say that it has gone over like a tactical bomb drop in a mechanical monkey factory.

Stuff’s getting flung everywhere.

For myself – I just have a couple of questions that came up after Blizzard decided to do a bit of Q&A about the new service:

Q. Will we be able to switch between the races on our own faction?
A. No. Players will only be able to switch to a race of the opposite faction.

Q.Will I be able to switch back to my original faction but a different race?
A. No. You will only be able to switch back to your originally chosen race.

Say what?

Really?

You’re going to go through all that work to setup a reasonable mapping between reputation, mounts, titles, quests, pvp stuff and all the various sundry craziness that is different between the factions – and not be able to support the the arguably simpler change of say – making my Tauren an Orc?

Really?

I’m kinda just stunned as to *why*.

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2 Responses to “Faction Change Q&A Madness”

  1. Shawndra July 2, 2009 at 05:00 #

    I think that, by allowing the change across faction but not within, they are trying to help people who have been playing and found out that a real life friend is playing, but oh, they’re on the other side of the fence. They don’t want this to become the racial flavor of the moment changer. All of a sudden, all of those that rolled blood elves and realized that their racial abilities were not so great and wanted an undead racial for pve or the axe specialization of an orc would be trading in their pretty faces for a racial. And changing it again when the troll racial for haste became more desirable.

    Just my two cents. I completely agree with how they want this run.

  2. Windpaw July 2, 2009 at 14:58 #

    Hmm – I don’t know. If this service were free or say – less than $10 a shot – that might be an issue. But the likely opportunity cost for such a change is going to be in the $25-$35 range (my bet.) If that’s the case I’d be surprised if someone other than the most well funded and militant min-maxers out there would even bother.

    I’m hoping that a BLUE over on the Q/A on this at the official forums might comment on this. If nothing else I’d be curious to see if you’re right or if it’s something completely different.

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