World of Warcraft just shared a blog post detailing how cross-faction guilds will work. This highly anticipated feature is coming to World of Warcraft as part of the upcoming Patch 10.1.
Embers of Neltharion, also known as Patch 10.1, is the first major content update for World of Warcraft : Dragonflight, arriving on May 2. Embers of Neltharion adds a vast underground area, story quests, outdoor events, a new raid, and tons of other awesome World of Warcraft stuff. However, one of the most exciting new features is the ability to form guilds across factions.
In a recent blog post, World of Warcraft detailed how cross-faction guilds will work after they were introduced in Ashes of Neltharion. Players can invite members of opposing factions to join their guild, as long as they are Battle.net friends, or members of the same Battle.net community. In the same guild, players from both factions can enjoy unlocked perks, guild maintenance, chat, and other amenities. However, members of factions opposite to the guild’s primary affiliation – determined by the guild master’s faction – will not be able to contribute to specific achievements, such as Alliance Slayer.
Outside of guilds, members of opposing factions will function as they have since World of Warcraft introduced cross-faction play. Alliance and Horde players will still be marked as unfriendly if they’re not grouped or in an instance – or hostile if in war mode – even if they’re guild members. This could lead to some interesting events where guilds from both factions choose to meet at specific locations for a world PvP brawl.
Most players are excited about enabling cross-faction guilds. While it served its purpose at the time, faction schisms split the player base in half for most of WoW’s lifetime. Allowing players from two WoW factions to play against each other is huge, effectively doubling the number of people one can satisfy. Allowing them to form guilds is the next logical step, allowing raiders, cosplayers, and casual fans to better communicate and coordinate with their friends regardless of faction allegiance.
There will always be players who prefer to keep the factions completely separate. Fortunately, like cross-faction games, cross-faction guilds are entirely optional. Those fans can still form guilds with only Alliance or Horde characters, ensuring that the old World of Warcraft conflicts can still somehow continue.
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