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Player housing is a common feature in most MMOs. EverQuest has it. Lord of the Rings Online has it. Even MMOs with no player housing options often have a personalized space set aside just for you and your guild. It’s great to have a personalized space, a place that you can customize and own. But players hoping that this common feature will make its way into World of Warcraft may be disappointed to learn that the game’s producer feels that player housing may never happen.
That doesn't mean that Blizzard hasn't thought about introducing player housing. Speaking to Eurogamer, World of Warcraft producer J. Allen Brack explains that adding player-owned homes has been something the WoW team has been talking about since the beginning. “Player-housing has been on the list of something we want to do even back before the original realm box shipped – it was a feature that didn’t make that. It’s one of those things we talk about every expansion – what would this look like in WoW?”
But Brack doesn’t just want to give players a place of their own to play with, unless it has meaning.
“I don’t think it’s sufficient enough for us in WoW to just say, ‘Hey, we have player housing – great.’ There’s got to be some reason to have that. There’s got to be gameplay behind that, stuff that happens,” explains Brack.
If the alleged leaked production schedule for Blizzard Entertainment is accurate, we can expect a new expansion for WoW next year, and another in 2013. And although Brack doesn’t seem keen on the idea of adding player housing in WoW, he seems confident that the topic will rear its head again when the team is ready to start planning the next expansion. “[Player housing] has fallen off the list of things that we’re willing to tackle on a per-expansion basis I guess one, two, three times now – so we’ll what happens next time,” says Brack. So it seems there’s still some hope after all for WoW players itching for a place (hopefully not instanced and with lots of ‘gameplay behind it’) to call home.
Mar 8, 2011