So I was talking with Askevar (from You Yank It, You Tank It) and the more we talked the more I came to a stunning revelation. Keep in mind that this is all pure speculation, but I’m pretty sure that the big unannounced feature that everyone will be excited about in 5.4 is… BLIZZARD HAS SOLVED THE CROSS-REALM MAIL ISSUE. No, seriously, check it out…
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. (http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/10158897/)
I’m guessing there’s more than meets the eye to that simple little post. The part that got me thinking was “behave exactly as if they were one cohesive realm.” I mentioned that I had been thinking about it and that while I was excited about the merged Auction Houses and Cross-Realm Guilds, I couldn’t see any way these could function without Cross-Realm Mail. She couldn’t come up with anything, either. The AH is what kind of sealed the deal for me, as far as thinking that they have finally solved the issue. I don’t see any way at all that the AH can function without at least some sort of viable cross-realm mail system. If I’m buying and selling things from a unified AH, it has to have some way of taking things from my server and selling them to another server (and vice versa). So, again, this is pure conjecture, but I’m cautiously optimistic that Blizzard has worked out some sort of cross-realm fix.
What do you think, fellow bloggers? Could there be something to this, or am I just wishing into the wind?