Blizzard testing Real ID party system in World of Warcraft
If you have friends scattered across World of Warcraft‘s many realms, you’re probably going to like this new feature Blizzard’s cooking up.
Blizzard is testing out a Real ID party system which allows you to party up with your friends (of the same faction, of course) and queue up for 5-player normal and heroic dungeons, no matter what realm they’re on.
You can mix and match by adding other players from your realm in addition to your Real ID friends, but you won’t be able to invite anyone cross-realm that isn’t on your Real ID friends list, including friends of your Real ID friends.
Here’s a FAQ detailing how it all works, courtesy of Blizzard:
Q:What is the Real ID Party feature?
A: Players can now invite Real ID friends of the same faction to a 5-player normal or Heroic dungeon group, regardless of what realm their friends are on. This system is designed to make it easier for real-life friends to play together.
Q: How do I invite Real ID friends to a Real ID party?
A: Inviting a Real ID friend to a Real ID Party is simple. Just open up your Friends list to see which Real ID friends are online. Click on the “Plus” button to send an invitation to a Real ID friend to join your group. You can continue to add Real ID friends to your party until the group is complete. If you cannot complete the group with Real ID friends, you are free to join the Dungeon Finder to fill in the missing roles.
Q: Does a player need to have Real ID enabled to accept a Real ID group invite?
A: Yes, a player must have Real ID enabled, and both players must be Real ID friends to accept or initiate Real ID party invitations.
Q: Can a party leader invite a mix of Real ID friends, character-level friends, guildmates, or random players to the same party?
A: A party leader can invite any combination of Real ID friends from any realm, guildmates from the same realm, or other characters from the same realm to the same party. If the party leader isn’t able to fill up the entire party, the Dungeon Finder can fill in the missing roles.
Q: Can I invite someone who is not a Real ID friend?
A: You can only invite members to a party if they are on your Real ID friends list or if they are on the same realm as you are.
Q:Can I invite a friend of a Real ID friend?
A: No, you can only invite your own Real ID friends to the party.
Q:How long will the testing period last?
A: We haven’t yet determined how long the testing period will last. We’ll keep you updated on the status and inform you when the test period is going to end in the future.
Q:Will aspects of the Real ID Party system be premium-based?
A: We’ll have information on this toward the end of the testing period.