Player housing, or Guild housing, are features that give players a place to store items and have a place to call home. Introducing housing into the game will have many primary and secondary effects. This is a feature that is likely to show up in World of Warcraft some day in the future.
Potential types of player housing Edit
- Common building or room with a private (maybe expandable) storage area similar to a bank.
- Instanced building or room that allows a player to enter their "house".
- ...and party members or guild members.
- Separate building or room with a "lockable" door that only the player has a "key" to, but other players can enter when the door is open.
- Private area (instanced or not) that allows "furnishing".
- A soulbound item similar to a Hearthstone that transports you to your house.
The player-driven debate Edit
Throughout the years, the players have discussed and debated how the features of Player Housing (PH) or Guild Housing (GH) could be implemented within WoW. Most are in agreement that the Housing feature will inevitably make it into the game. Here are the arguments:
Reasons to add housing for players Edit
- While banks are good for storing the things you don't need right now, a demand for displaying the accrued equipment or special items has not been addressed directly.
- Players have request gear racks so that a complete armor set could be displayed properly.
- A players house could help remove the clutter of one's inventory, provide a meeting space that friends can visit, and increase the in-game feel of WoW.
- It would be ideal for roleplaying and taking care of your house would add a whole new dimension to the game.
Reasons to not add player housing Edit
- The development costs and added storage requirements for player housing could be detrimental to the continuous demand of developer's time and the infrastructure's resources.
- Player-based housing only creates more management and frustration. Players already forget important items and gear in the bank. Adding PH will force them to remember where they stored the items
- Adding storage space within a house duplicates city-based services (the bank)
Reasons for guild housing Edit
- Guilds need a common meeting place. Guild Halls would be perfect
- Guilds need help fostering a sense of cohesiveness and loyalty, providing player housing within a guild-based, instanced housing community would do that.
- Housing provides the developers with an excellent opportunity to add to the professions.
- Guild vs Guild PVP has been in demand, GH provides an opportunity to implement that.
- Guild Housing can become an important recruiting tool, as one-day passes could be crafted.
Reason to not add guild housing Edit
- Allowing guilds to congregate inside guild-only instanced areas will remove those guilded players from the major cities. The end result could turn the major cities into Ghost towns.
- If GH was implemented in a way that the city's services are duplicated inside the instanced GH area, guilded players will have another incentive not to leave their specialized area.
- The developer hours and resourced dedication aren't worth the reward/detriment that GH causes.
Housing's effect on professions Edit
The advent of Player and/or guild housing in WoW, provides the developers an opportunity to add new professions and augment the current professions with more recipes. The mechanism for acquiring housing could be a mass resource turn in. Implementing housing in this way will promote the crafting economy as the resource gathering will have to be repeated for new and rerolled characters or if you want to change your house-style.
Every profession can be augmented. Here's a list of new items that could be added:
- Large potion powders to apply to communal fountains
- Special scents for decorative smoke
- Coat-of-Arm pieces (armor assembled to look like stationary guards)
- Cannon casings
- Spikes, hinges, other door pieces.
- Beer Mugs
- Furniture (eg: tables/chairs barring the potential addition of Carpentry as a profession)
- enchants for stationary objects.
- portkeys to take you from one end to another
- Robot guards
- motion sensors, behavior components, arms, legs, chest, head
- arrow shooters
- door locks
- Crown Jewels, Thrown jewels, jeweled cups
- Rugs, Canvas, and rope
- Tanned Banners
- Banners and Flags
- tablecloth, runners, chair decorations
- specialized guild-only garments for cloth wearers
Current status Edit
There's some proof of Blizzard doing some test on player housing, using WoW Model Viewer a couple of house tests in World/wmo/PlayerHousing/Human can be seen.
There's also some proof of Blizzard doing some test on guild housing, using WoW Model Viewer a couple of guild houses in World/wmo/azeroth/buildings/guildhouses can be seen.
A 'Create House' spell has been in the game, for more info Create House (TEST)
The instance between old town and trade district in the canals near the outside was supposedly where player housing is supposed to be.
Blizzard quotes Edit
Caydiem: "Housing is a huge feature with a lot of dedicated time needed. While we definitely want to do housing, and it is something 'on the list', it's not a 'soon after release' feature. It's more of an 'on the horizon' feature. :)"
Katricia: "Guild Halls will most likely not be implemented before World of Warcraft is released. They are very similar to Player Housing (which also will not make the release).
Katricia: Player housing will not be available until after World of Warcraft has been released. Our plan is to add player housing in a future live update or expansion. Our current idea (which could change) is to extend the cities to have player housing neighborhoods. For example, in the canal area of Stormwind players can see a blue instance portal behind a large portcullis; this is the entrance to the player housing neighborhood in Stormwind.
Tigole: " You've posted some really cool ideas on Guild Halls.
Player and guild housing is something we've always been interested in pursuing. While we won't be including those features in the Burning Crusade, that doesn't mean we've abandoned our hope to include housing in the game sometime in the future."
Nethaera: "The word is that we like the idea of player housing and would like to implement it at some point in the future, however we don't have any particular ETA of when we will. There is a laundry list of things we still would like to add to World of Warcraft and this is just one of them."
Nethaera: "These were not promised at any particular time . I don't believe we even used the word "promise" in any statements about these. We have said in the past , however, that these are things we would like to see added to the game. I can't give you an ETA since we don't have one as of yet.
We'd like them added in, sure, but beyond that we couldn't tell you more. When we get close to a point where we actually are implementing these things, we'll do what we can to give you all a heads-up."
Drysc: "Heh, well skimming through it seems not everyone wants player housing at the moment. Not that we use the forums as a barometer for popular opinion, but anyway...Player housing is still something that intrigues us. If the place and time are right, and we can add player housing and make it a meaningful addition to the game, make it cool, we'll do so."