As the release date is fast approaching, we would like to provide an update regarding our upcoming Fordring realm!
Fordring will launch on the 3rd of June, 18:00 (6pm) CEST and, as stated earlier, will be a progressive fresh realm starting from 3.0 content. 5-man dungeons and heroics will be available immediately, while Arena Season 5 and Tier 7 raids (Naxxramas, Eye of Eternity, Obsidian Sanctum, Vault of Archavon) will open their gates exactly 2 weeks from launch, on the 15th of June.
Here are some more details regarding the realm:
PvP type realm – players will be able to engage in combat with the opposing faction in contested zones.
x5 leveling rates for levels 1-68, x3 for levels 68-80. Players will also be able to use a command to lower those rates for their characters (e.g. to x1) if they so desire. For those who prefer even faster leveling, additional purchasable experience boosts will become available after all realm first leveling achievements have been claimed.
To facilitate playing with higher experience rates, players will also have an increased weapon skill-up rate and will auto-learn abilities as they level up. This includes spells learned from quests (e.g. Warlock summons, Warrior stances, Shaman totems, etc.). Players will still be able to complete those quests afterwards if they wish to do so.
Level 20 and 40 riding skill learning will also be cheaper.
Majority of quest item drops will now be party-shared.
Dungeon Finder will be available from the start.
To combat the faction disbalance, we decided to go with the Racial Swap feature – players will be able to switch their racial abilities to those of another race (with some limitations).
In the last couple of weeks we've been primarily focused on fixing reports generously provided by both alpha and beta testers. While obviously not every issue can be caught in a testing environment, we feel quite confident regarding the quality of the end-game content and we're now working on optimization and stability (to ensure a smooth launch experience) as well as the remaining reports in order of bug priority. You can follow the development progress by checking the changelog on our discord server.
We hope that you'll love and appreciate the work we've put in creating this realm and have a lot of fun playing. Can't wait to see you all on Fordring!