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8-22-2009 @ 6:59PM
Wait... didn't Blizzard say that battlegroup servers were instance wide and there weren't any realm-specific instance servers? If so, how does this solve the capacity problem? If not, why are people currently getting AICBL when there's hardly anyone in any instances on their server?I agree that it's a cool feature, but how does it fix the problem?
8-22-2009 @ 7:01PM
There certainly ARE realm-specific instance servers -- in fact, except for Battlegrounds, those are the only kinds of instance servers that exist. They're saying that they've *created* battlegroup-wide instance servers specifically for this, on new hardware, no less.
8-23-2009 @ 11:45AM
Michael: No. You're confused. Instance servers are currently battlegroup wide -- you just can't *join* instances with people from other realms, because there is no UI for it. Rage: Currently, instance servers are battlegroup wide. (This is why, in the 'upgrading instance servers' process, you're seeing entire battlegroups go down for extended maintenance.) This change does *not* improve the instance server launching problem -- instead, their continued work on upgrading the servers themselves is driving that. However, Blizz said that by the time that 3.3 comes out, they plan to have those upgrades complete, hence the 'instance server problems will be fixed'. (In fact, they've estimated in forum posts that it will be something like 6 weeks to finish up their upgrades, I think, which is even before 3.2.2 is expected to be coming out.)TLDR: Instance servers are battlegroup wide, this change doesn't impact server performance/availability, upgrades will be done by then, and do.
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