All right, let’s look at one bite-sized morsel of Patch 5.4, shall we?
New Feature: Virtual Realms
Virtual Realms are sets of realms that are fused together, and will behave exactly as if they were one cohesive realm. Players on the same Virtual Realm will be able to join guilds, access a single Auction House, join arena teams and raids, as well run dungeons or group up to complete quests.
Players belonging to the same Virtual Realm will have a (#) symbol next to their name. (Source)
Now, I know I’m not going to be the first to think it, but I’m going to say it.
This spells the end of character slot limitations.
As soon as Virtual Realms go live, and we can identify which servers are linked into our Virtual Realm, we’ll be able to use each individual server as a new expansion to our ‘effective’ character slot list.
Already have all your character slots full on your ‘real’ server? No problem!
Just go to a linked server and make new characters! They can then join the same guild, friend all the same friends, group with the same people and act as a true extension of your server presence.
Will we be able to mail Heirloom items to them? That is but one of the questions that we’ll have to test in live, but I think the words ‘behave exactly as‘ would lead me to think so.
So… tired of trying to choose who to delete to make room for a new alt or test a new build idea, because you want to keep all your characters in your guild or on your server?
Rest your weary mind, for your troubles are, well and truly, over.
I for one welcome the end of the “Plz Blizz give me one more character slot plz plz” era.
Well played, Blizzard. Well played.