• March 30, 2023


Ion Hazzikostas, the director of World of Warcraft, during a Q&A session at this year's BlizzCon did not rule out the possibility of cooperation between players associated with the Alliance and those who chose the Horde side.

During this year's BlizzCon, one of the attractions was a Q&A session with the creators of the game World of Warcraft. The director of the most popular MMORPG in the world, Ion Hazzikostas, said that in the future players may get a mode in which you can play with members of the enemy faction. Of course, this idea is just a guess for now, and it could also cause a lot of controversy among long-time players. The conflict between the forces of the Covenant and the Horde is one of the key elements of the Warcraft universe, but, as the developer says, the most important thing is to have fun with friends.

Honestly, I wouldn't say that will never happen, though of course there are a bunch of reasons why maintaining the identity of the two factions is still very important. [...] An MMO like World of Warcraft is all about playing with your friends whoever you want. There would probably also be more flexibility in faction choice, if players were aware that they could align with the one they felt more connected to, and not have to sacrifice that to join their friend group or a high-ranking guild.

I know people who have played as Covenant all their lives and have now joined Horde, and vice versa. There are tens of thousands of such examples, so we would like to do something for them.

Hazzikostas referred here to the situation that takes place on WoW servers. Players can only perform raids and other tasks with companions belonging to the same faction. This causes some people to change sides of the conflict, which often ends up distorting the gameplay on a given server and depopulating it. The director noted that in recent years, especially since the release of Mists of Pandaria, many people have abandoned their characters in favor of Horde representatives. Although, according to the data he has, the division of players is quite equal, for the most experienced Horde is the more preferred choice.

Will we see the cooperation of two conflicting factions in the future?

It is not known when and if at all the creators will allow the cooperation of the warring factions, but it is worth noting that in the past both sides were forced to temporarily bury the hatchet of war in the face of an impending crisis, so it would not be unusual from a story perspective.

Two things related to the Warcraft universe were announced yesterday. The latest addition to WoW, Shadowlands, will receive patch 9.1, and in turn World of Warcraft Classic expansion The Burning Crusade. In addition, the creators do not exclude the introduction of the add-on Wrath of the Lich King, if the community approaches this idea positively.