Blizzard is going to start testing a new method by which regular weekly maintenance is done on live realms during off-peak hours rather than a regular weekly maintenance in which the realms are unavailable.
In the upcoming weeks, we will be testing the effect of a live maintenance, where regular maintenance tasks are run during off-peak with realms live. On Tuesday, December 26 there will be no scheduled downtime for weekly maintenance. We will perform all necessary maintenance tasks while the realms are live.
Good news I suppose, you can now play until 7 a.m. on maintenance days too!
I’m not sure if weekly maintenance is even common in other MMOs, but I think this is a good step. I’m waiting though to see how wonky play will be during those live maintenance hours.
I think EQ2 had a maintenance type thing that happens each morning, but Blizzard to my knowledge is the only one who takes the servers down for as long as they do each week. It’s definitely a change I’m looking forward to. I wonder if a lot of it has to do with the fact that they don’t have to calculate honor anymore like they used to.
EVE does daily maintenance…and since it’s one big server, the time is different for you depending on where you are in the world. So some people get screwed with prime time downtime for an hour every day.
I resubscribed for a month. At first I had a good laugh at the fact that my gear was still better than that of 99% of the schmucks I ran into in the battlegrounds. Then that made me a bit depressed. I didn’t last three days.
The end-game is still a worthless timesink, raiding still involves relying on 39 other people (30 of whom are likely to be stoners, retards, or just plain old loot whores), and the PvP is still skill-less shit with too much damage being dished out and way too much crowd control.
Some of my former guild-mates were like “DUDE, COME BACK! WE NEED TANKS!” And then I got in vent and heard a bunch of people talking about farming consumables, shitty drops from bosses, DKP spending strategies, and how all of their gear is going to be obsolete in a fucking month when the expansion comes out.