WoW: PTR Patch 3.3.5 - A New Instance and a New Way to Chat
PTR patch notes for Patch 3.3.5 were recently released by Zarhym,
and while they may seem small the changes the patch introduces are big
The second change (and the one I’m personally more excited about) is the addition of the new Real ID system and with it the ability to chat across server and factions. Using the Real ID system players who wish to chat with their friends cross-game, cross-faction, or cross-realm will need to obtain their Real ID (Battle.net account). Before the Real ID can be added players will need to confirm they are friends. Once the Real ID is confirmed players will be able to chat unhindered. This is an especially great feature for players (like myself) who have transferred servers or had friends transfer servers and have lost contact because of it.
With the Real ID system comes some new features to your Friends List. Several new tabs have been added to enhance the Real ID feature including the Pending (where players can accept or decline Real ID friend requests) tab, and a new icon that will open up the Friends list. A Broadcast Window has also been added that will save players time by allowing them to broadcast a message to all their Real ID friends.
Finally players will be now able to select a chat type (General, Trade, Party, etc) and move that chat to a separate tab in the Chat frame which can be moved anywhere. Use of this function of a whisper, like the U.I mod WoW Instant Messenger (WIM), will place the private conversation in a separate tab. Don’t worry about missing these messages as the tab will glow when a new message is typed.
These new features will not only make chat mods such as WIM mostly obsolete but will also unlock the door to a whole new level of social interactions. I personally look forward to reconnecting with long lost WoW friends, and making new ones regardless of where they play or what faction they play for. To read the offical post on 3.3.5 by Zarhym please visit Blizzard's offical WoW Forums.