Oooh a few minutes you say? WOW that is really going to stop people! And then it decreases again you say?
How about we just go back to what we had in 2004, when CPUs were 153 times less capable than they are today (161 passmark vs 20k+ passmark) and yet we were able to play this MMO without layering?
This worked back then:
- Split the servers so they have “layer level” population (2-3k)
- Allow free xfers from high / full to low.
- Merge low pop servers after some time. yes we get surnames or rename, I don’t care.
Somehow Blizzard managed to make this work in 2004-2006 without layering, with technology that SUCKS compared to what is available today.
Why won’t they do it today?
Phase 2 is too late.
Layering is like if we were back in 2004 and you could server transfer instantly, for free, any time you wanted, with no limit. Oh now we’re putting in a few minute delay after each server transfer.