No not bank accounts. Account banks! Banks that are shared across your characters! Think of it as a guild bank that is accessible by all your alts instead of the rest of the guild. I know this idea doesn’t sound that original because it was mentioned and commented by a blue a few weeks back (Couldn’t find the thread so if you can, please lmk so I can update). But everyone has been dreaming of something like this since the release of guild banks. How many times have you said “Yeah I got the mats but they are on an alt…let me log over and grab them” or had to mail start shifting around items spending 1000′s and 1000′s of….copper…on postage? Then you have to log out and log back in which is quite the hassle due to load times if you are a modaholic like me. That was one of the positive things mentioned by the blue on this topic. Having a feature like this will reduce the load on the mail servers for WoW. It seems to me that the framework is pretty close to already being there with guild banks…why not just hook it up to the character bank interface and you could use the tabs for which character you access.
A good counter argument to this would be to simply say “well now we’ve pretty much gurarenteed everyone is going to use all 10 character slots on the server and clog up reserved character names or bloat Blizzard’s character databases. How many of you already have lvl 1 alts just for the free bank space. Thats pretty easy to combat…pay an additional gold sink (1000g?) per tab to set up the “goblin network” that’d allow you to access each character. This would fix everyone from simply rollin up 9 lvl 1 alts for maximum bank space because of a 9k+ price tag. OR who even says it has to be a character its linked too? Give us just as much space (again add the gold sink into additional tabs) but don’t treat the bank as per character. Treat it like a shared storage EXACTLY like guild banks. That way I could use one slot on the realm and have 10 banks worth of space.
Other issues are what will become of soulbound items? Right now you can store them into the bank but if the bank is shared? Perhaps they’d just be reded out or the tooltip will be tagged with who its bound to. There may be some additional work here but I don’t know how to squash every bug! I’ve heard it suggested that some people want the ability to attach your authenticator to the bank. Something like this would have to be optional because it’d get old quick I suppose but the belief is it would cut down on hacked account goods but honestly, if you already have a authenticator on your account, nobody should be getting in anyway.
Blizzard has agreed that storage is in need of some updating with the starting backpack only running 16 slots and how they’ve mentioned looking into a way to carry around “gear sets” virtually. There is a thousand arguments on what could be handled virtually(tabards anyone?) but I think giving us a update to character banks is a step in the right direction. What are your thoughts?