World Of Warcraft Introduces Cross-Faction Chat In Latest Hotfix
World of Warcraft has always been an experience that lives and breathes based on which faction and race on decides to proceed with, as these choices ultimately unlock specific quest lines and abilities players eventually encounter. However once aligned with either the Horde or the Alliance, chatting with a member of an opposing side instantly becomes a chore, these messages now reading as a jumble of unintelligible letters and symbols.
Stunted communication between rivals is not too surprising when there’s a full-scale war(craft) going on, but those willing to put aside the faction divide have up to this point have had to utilize third-party add-ons in order to communicate. The latest hotfix for World of Warcraft has now introduced a new way for Horde and Alliance players to get their gab on, a unique potion called the Elixir of Tongues.
Everyone is gathering around to get an Elixir of Tongues and I met these two! Cross faction compliments! pic.twitter.com/3bwo7OuRXN
— 💚Resondra the Dreamer💚 (@resondra_wra) December 15, 2018
The potion allows users to comprehend any speech made by enemy factions, replacing gibberish messages in chat with actual, legible words. The item works simply enough, but players will only be able to find the Elixir of Tongues by seeking out Fizzi Liverzapper in the Dalaran region. Upon drinking the Elixir, players will have an hour to listen-in on enemy babble, or better yet, obtain two Elixirs to enjoy some one-on-one conversation.
The Elixir of Tongues is definitely a cool way for buddies to communicate across factions, if only for a little while. However, those already versed with WoW lore may have known this was possible with the Pandaren race, a mystical society of humanoid pandas. The Pandaren can automatically cross-communicate with other members of Pandaria, regardless of faction, provided they’re using their native language.
While providing a nifty service, the Elixir of Tongues isn’t exactly a new to WoW. According to game designer Jeremy Feasel, the speech-encouraging potion has been around as far back in the game’s Classic era, but has only recently taken the much more useful form we can enjoy today.
Fun fact: the Elixir of Tongues has been in the game since Classic, an ancient alchemy recipe that never made it. Until today, it had the description text “This potion has no effect until we put languages in.”
You finally made it, little buddy.
— Jeremy Feasel (@Muffinus) December 14, 2018
World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is out now for Mac and PC.
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