To all things, there is a beginning and an end, and there is no running away from this fact. Nothing can be sustained at its peak for eternity, and the same applies to Blizzard’s World of Warcraft, which so happened to have shed nearly half of its peak subscriber base, and now has slightly less than 8 million active accounts. Having said that, the folks over at Blizzard must be wondering how come no one has been asking for a server merger, at least not on a large scale, and we too, have similar questions running through our heads. It is nice to know that Blizzard will be introducing Connected Realms in Patch 5.4, which functions in the same way as that of current dungeon cross-realm tech, save for the fact that they are full servers.
Blizzard explained, “In Patch 5.4, we’re looking to address this with a new feature called Connected Realms. Building on our existing cross-realm technology, a Connected Realm is a set of two or more standard realms that have been permanently and seamless “linked.” These linked realms will behave as if they were one cohesive realm, meaning you’ll be able to join the same guilds, access a single Auction House, run the same Raids and Dungeons, and join other adventurers to complete quests.”
As the end user, you have nothing to fret, since Connected Realms will remain matched in theme, including PvP and PvE among others, and will be wholly seamless. Who knows? More than two realms might even be connected!