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World of Warcraft 5.0.4 patch now live, adds cross-realm zones

Wednesday, 29th August 2012 01:39 GMT By Brenna Hillier

World of Warcraft has received a major patch in anticipation of the new expansion, Mists of Pandaria.

The main points of the patch include account-wide achievements, pets, and mounts; there’s a useful FAQ on how to bring your stuff to all your alts rather than just the character that earned them.

A new world event will go live in the weeks leading up to Mists of Pandaria’s September 25 launch. Attack on Theramore Isle involves an attack on Theramore by Warchief Garrosh. A nice little addition is area-of-effect looting, so you won’t have to check every single corpse around you, and Battle Tag information will be available in game for those who choose to enable it.

Perhaps most interestingly, the patch introduced cross-realm zones, which should help you find group mates in less populous zones ion your home realm. It’s only available on some realms at the moment but will spread over the next few weeks.

There’s some news for Mac users, too. If you’re still on OSX 10.5, be aware that you’re no longer supported – although seriously dude, time to upgrade. Blizzard has added support for Retina displays and weird Mac resolutions, and tweaked the client to make it more usable.

And then of course there are loads of nitty-gritty details on tweaks to the user interface, classes in general and in specific, items and professions. Read the patch notes in full on Battlenet.

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  1. Kabby

    If you’re going to post this type of news you should probably emphasize the region it applies to.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Brenna Hillier

    It’s live in all regions, according to Battle.net and an email from Blizzard. If it’s not working in a particular region, let us know and we’ll chase it.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Kabby

    US maintenance is one day ahead of the EU. Don’t know about the other regions. When EU people get up tomorrow it will be correct. Its only because I was logged into WoW while reading VG247 that I posted the previous comment.

    As for the the update, it uses a new launcher and will need to ‘reconfigure your game files’. This takes quite a while and has been known to go badly wrong.

    Additionally, if you’ve disabled the background download of the patch you will be forced to download 6Gb of data in order to continue.

    Also, 64 bit pioneers! Don’t forget to delete Battle.net-64.dll MovieProxy.exe and Wow-64.exe before you try to update.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. dsr

    I bet the players are going to need those cross realm zones because no one is PLAYING the game now.

    People log in, idle, circle around the capitals while waiting for a dungeons or pvp queue to pop up, but you can’t find anyone in the wild most of the time. Even on highly populated realms.

    #4 2 years ago