I think the writing is on the wall that faction borders are about to be severely weakened at least. Ion has now repeatedly stated that it is very possible that cross-faction raiding is in the cards for the future, and they usually aren’t clear on such topics, if they aren’t sure about them. So… one of the easiest ways to allow for that is to get rid of the factions one way or another, at least outside of War Mode and instanced PvP. Now I am kind of interested in what way would be seen most positively here. I am not asking about what you think is likely, but about what you would personally like. So here are three ways it could, in theory, go:
- Factions stay, but heroes rise above.
Really the easiest one. The factions can stay at war or not, and do their thing, or not, but the player hero isn’t concerned with these trifling squabbles anymote, thay have multiverses to save, or something like that. Neither Horde nor Alliance will stand in their way, just because of their race, so the factions are essentially neutral to them. War Mode will probably stay as a mechanic, but the story will never again acknowledge you as a soldier of your faction.
- The United Nations
The factions make a real peace and now work together in all things. The factions merge to an even more global empire to do the most amount of good. Now the Alliance can feel included in the next Horde civil war, and the villain bat hits a few former Alliance characters as well, isn’t that nice?
- Breaking up the factions
Yeah, not exactly likely anymore, but the factions have become monstrously big. They span absurd amounts of land, and the cultural differences between their members are way past being explained away. These constructs shouldn’t be stable. So let them fall apart, it shouldn’t be that hard to sell. We go back to nation-states that can and will act independently from one another, and can decide on war and peace with each other without involving the whole world. The player character doesn’t exactly rise above the factions, the factions fall below them. We’ll go back to an Azeroth where we have dozens of relevant nations, and the plot goes back to a story of their interactions instead of a story of main character interactions.
I am well aware that many people would never like any way of removing the factions. Let’s not talk about that here, though. Let’s take it as a given that they might go away, and choose the lesser evil, if you think it an evil. I might have missed some options to do it, and I’d be interested to see what those might be, but elsewise, I just want to get a picture of what might actually be popular with this crowd.