Update: Shane Dabiri – Wow Producer – unveiled details of the Paid Character Transfers during an interview with Gamespot.
Gamespot: Speaking of the fee, Blizzard is charging $25 per character transfer. Is this to prevent people from abusing the feature? Will you be able to transfer a character as much as you want, so long as you’re willing to pay $25 each time? And what sorts of transfer restrictions are there in general?
Shane Dabiri: A character can only be transferred to a new realm once every six months, and once completed, a character transfer cannot be reversed. Also, there will be both character and realm restrictions. For example, you will need to be at least level 10 to transfer realms, and you?ll only be able to carry over a certain amount of gold. The cap is set at 300 gold for characters between levels 10 and 30, 1,000 gold for characters between levels 31 and 50, and characters at level 51 and above can bring a maximum of 5,000 gold.
As for realm restrictions, players can only transfer characters between realms of the same type, or from a PvP to a normal (PvE) realm. To prevent players from leveling up without the challenges of a PvP environment and then unfairly being able to make leveling up more difficult for other players on a PvP realm, transfers from a normal to a PvP realm are not permitted. Also, if a player decides to transfer from one PvP realm to another PvP realm, he/she can only do so if there is no faction violation (that is, players cannot already have a character of the opposing faction on the destination realm).
Blizzard had to respond the paid character-transfer rumors to calm the community, assuring that details will be revealed in due time in the near future. There is no ETA, but Blizzard now offers the opportunity to share feedback on the topic on a stickied forum thread.
Weve noticed some threads asking about the paid character-transfer info currently circulating on the Web. This feature has been in development for some time now, and while we arent ready to launch the service as yet, were planning on releasing details on it in the near future.
Once the details go live, well be able to answer any questions you have about the service. Until then, please post your questions in this thread so we can better gather your feedback.