WoW WotLK Classic: Is 90 days of puppy protection not enough for fresh servers?

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from Karsten Scholz
A few days ago, the Blizzard developers announced surprisingly fresh level 1 servers for WoW: Wrath of the Lich King Classic. However, the announcement raised a few questions, most notably the 90-day transfer restriction. Therefore, there were now two longer posts from Blizzard employees that shed more light on this point.

It was quite a surprise when the Blizzard developers a few days ago fresh Tier 1 servers for WoW: Wrath of the Lich King Classic announced. After all, there was a desire for new start realms even before the launch of Burning Crusade Classic, and at the time it went unheard. The framework for this “fresh” experience reads as follows:

  • All players start with new characters at level 1.
  • You may not upgrade your character on Realms for Fresh Start for at least 90 days.
  • Fresh start realms will not be available for character transfer destinations for at least 90 days.
  • Death knights cannot be created on these realms without a level 55 character on the same realm.

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Blizzard explains transfer restriction

Under the Posted by Kaivax on the official WoW forums many players commented positively on the announcement. However, there were also some questions or concerns, especially about the transfer restrictions. The feedback: 90 days is far too short a period. After just three months, players would come over from other servers with all their stuff and take over the economy in no time, so the fear.

Game Producer Aggend joined the discussion a few hours ago. Here are the most important findings from his rather lengthy post:

  • First, Aggend is clear: the announcement states that the servers will be unavailable for transfers for AT LEAST 90 days. So the number is by no means set in stone.
  • Blizzard is breaking new ground with these Fresh servers, so they want to keep a close eye on realm populations before taking any action. That’s why there is no exact number for the opening of the transfers. “There is no rule that says transfers must be unlocked on exactly day 91, day 191 or even day 991 and we have no intention of committing to an arbitrary time frame where transfers are activated super far in advance. “
  • If it turns out that the new servers continue to have a healthy population three months or more later, there’s no need to rush into unlocking server transfers at all.

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