Q: Will Demon Hunters be able to communicate cross-faction with demonic language.People have been wanting to talk cross faction for years. I remember in the years before battletag and realID when I had to go make a toon on the server of my friends of their faction just so I could chat to them. However, with the introduction of RealID (June 2010) and Battletag (August 2012) it made it a lot easier to chat to your friends on other servers and factions.
A: That would be hilarious. Actually yes, they can. That’s going to be something a little bit different. Could be some choice words being said or it could be just “Hey.”
In Legion, Class halls are coming, where both Alliance and Horde will be working on things together. In beta you can't talk to the opposing faction, but you can talk to your own faction, but it would be nice if people could work with others there, regardless of faction, and speak.
What is interesting is that this wasn't implemented for Pandaren. They all start unfactioned, speaking to one another, and when they join the Horde or Alliance, they suddenly can't speak to one another? For the RPers that would be a pickle, but the rest of us just accept it, even though there is no logical reason why it is so.
There was a short period where the Censer of Eternal Agony when used on the Timeless Isle allowed you to speak to others who had the Censer on (as now we were all servants of Ordos and even against our own faction) but that is no longer the case.
We can also all speak to quest givers and NPCs in shared areas. Are they all wearing some sort of Universal translator? How can there be no common ground?
Interestingly we can talk to people of the other faction when we PvP. If you take the mercenary option, and play for the opposing faction when the queue times are unbalanced, you will be able to speak in raid to the opposing faction. However, you cannot whisper to anyone in the team. I am not sure about /say however, since I couldn't whisper the alliance mercenaries to ask them to try it out.
I am, however, pleased that the limitations for cross comunication for Demon Hunters may be limited to choice words. I think it would be vastly disruptive if in a battleground the demon hunters could talk to one another. They could give away strats or just be trolly!
I think that trolling is one of the reasons why cross faction chatter may not be a good idea. Battlegrounds and PvP servers may be places where those two clash, though if you ask me there is enough garbage to listen to when I have to listen to just the Horde whining and being nasty in trade chat - imagine having to put up with Alliance rampages too!
If Blizzard asked me whether I thought Cross faction chatter was a good idea, I would have said that initially, I thought it would be good for Class halls, and I had a few thoughts on how to implement that.
One of the possibilities would be similar to how chatter is when you join major cities and are put into trade chat. There could be a class hall chat - though you would have to separate each class so that the chats don't all mush together. In that chat everyone could speak. Drawbacks - it's too broad. There should be a limit to the communication that can be had between the factions. An open channel brings down the barriers just a little too much.
The other, is similar to the mercenary idea. If they are in a raid group, then everyone can speak in the raid chat. /say will stay the same, unintelligible to the opposing faction, and whispers to other faction will be not allowed, but chatter in the raid party should be feasible. As far as I know there are no joint raid type scenarios in Legion in class halls, but this might be something in a future expansion they may want to play with. Again, a whole new can of worms is opened if this kind of chatter is allowed.
The more I thought about it, the more I thought that cross server chat probably shouldn't be implemented. I think that people will lose their sense of identity with the Horde or Alliance if that happens. On the other hand, is that a bad thing? Should we be polarised in our views of the world, or should we be adopting a more universal global approach in the interests of world peace?