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Layering in Classic WoW
14.05.2019 в 12:46
During the Summit that happened last week, Blizzard revealed more details about how they plan on reacting to the large influx of players during WoW Classic launch. Their plan consists of a new technology developed exclusively for Classic:
What is Layering
Layering will be the alternative to the sharding technology in Classic WoW. In short, sharding is a technology used in retail WoW, it distributes players to different versions of zones based on local populations for zones, in an effort to balance players around and create smoother game experiences. However, this technology also separates players and creates awkward phasing situations where players or NPCs suddenly vanish from your screen.
In order to maintain an authentic Classic experience, Blizzard had already previously spoken against the presence of sharding in the game. However, as the sharding has been one of the main tools to keep stress periods like patch releases and expansion launches smoothly in recent retail WoW history, they developed an alternative system to deliver the same experience for Classic, which is Layering.
Instead of balancing players around shards of zones and combining players from multiple realms, layering will allow realms to create a separate instance of themselves to balance their own population. However, unlike sharding once in a layer, players won't leave this layer in favor of a better one whenever they move or change zones, removing the awkward phasing present in retail. The only way to change a layer will be to enter a group, which will have all players from the group in the same layer.
How Long Will Layering Be Used?
If you dislike layering, worry not.
Layering will only be used for a couple of weeks or maybe a month
at the start of Classic WoW, in order to balance the huge influx of players in the same zones. Once the situation reaches a controlled state, it will be completely disabled and realms will once more have one instance of themselves. Layering also
will not happen after Phase 1
, the importance of that being that Phase 2 is planned to introduce the World Boss Kazzak, with the Green Dragons being released later on, both of which would make layering a tool to disrupt the flow of World Bosses in Classic.
For more info, check
where he explains what Blizzard has talked about layering during the summit:
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