World of Warcraft’s next expansion, Warlords of Draenor, will allow players to opt out of any and all non-Battlegrounds player-versus-player combat, regardless of how wildly they spam attacks around a PvP server.
Blizzard’s Micah Whipple, better known as Bashiok, mentioned the new feature on the Battle.net forums.
“We are continuing toward a goal of a PvP on/off toggle for players on PvE realms to be added in Warlords of Draenor, which would absolutely and in all situations allow someone to refrain from becoming flagged regardless of their actions,” he said.
“Heals toward flagged players would fail, coalescing to PvP realms wouldn’t be possible, misclicks and AoE’s would never damage a flagged opponent, etc. It’s actually quite a bit of work because of all the systems involved, but it’s still something we think PvE players should have, and how the game should work for them.”
Although players can elect only to visit PvE servers, and have to take actions like targeting a fellow player to get themselves flagged as PvE targets, some pure PvE players do accidentally leave themselves open to being steamrolled by PvP experts. The issue has become more pronounced as Blizzard has merged WoW servers, leaving players fewer options when transferring between realms.
Warlords of Draenor is expected in norther autumn, with a beta soon. Pre-purchases net you an automatic level boost to 90, which is handy for those who want to jump in to end-game content immediately.