Five more World of Warcraft realm connections will be made next week, and another half-dozen are slated to follow later.
Back in August, Blizzard revealed plans to "connect" game realms in order to compensate for population loss on less-popular servers, which can make it more difficult for players to "find guilds, conquer group content, and get what they're looking for from the Auction House and in-game economy." Linked realms behave as a single, seamless realm, allowing players from either to join the same guilds, run the same raids and dungeons, access a single Auction House and so forth.
More than 20 realms have already been connected and Blizzard has announced that two more batches of connections are on the way. Realms in the first batch will be taken offline for maintenance at 6 am PDT on October 28 and are expected to be back and connected at approximately 11 am PDT:
- Blackwing Lair and Detheroc/Dethecus
- Anub'arak and Chromaggus/Garithos
- Drak'Tharon and Firetree/Rivendare
- Blood Furnace and Mannaroth
- Nesingwary and Vek'nilash
Dates and times for the second round of connections have not been announced, but will affect these realms:
- Haomarush and Detheroc/Dethecus/Blackwing Lair
- Stonemaul and Bloodscalp/Maiev/Boulderfist/Dunemaul
- Tortheldrin and Frostmane
- Winterhoof and Kilrogg
- Gul'dan and Skullcrusher
- Lightning's Blade and Burning Blade