I was on standby ingame while i could hear all the fun on TS, so i thought it would be nice if i could spectate them.
You can also try learning tacts from guildies who have already completed these raids.
Not only would it be nice to watch, it'd be a good way to get tips and visual experience for the encounters, no?
So raiders need to be able to set up access for 'outsiders', 'guildies', 'raid members' and visibility of chats for every raid. Of course most of them will just turn spectator option off and will never use this feature again.
The system could work the same as i think I remember it did in wc3 (correct me if im wrong), where you picked either to be in a team or spectator, this feature could just be implemented into the Role Check, whereas 10/25 players selects roles (or the RL does it for them), and the spectator chooses that particular role :)
Ofc, spectators should not be able to be seen in any way by the other players while being a spectator tho, but that falls into the nature of being a spectator anyway ^^
Edit: Btw guys, give this thread serious thumbs up to highlight it a bit :) would love to see this feature in the game..
The Secret World MMO has a feature a little like this in its 5-mans. When you die in a dungeon on a boss, you can't run back in unless its a wipe, it puts you back at the last spawn point and you can activate a spectator mode where you can watch the fight from the viewpoint of the remaining players. It's a nice feature and allows you to watch the rest of the fight instead of just waiting.
Unfortunately as far as I’m aware we don’t have any current plans to implement such a feature any time soon, we know that some players have been asking for spectator mode to be added to arenas for quite a while now, but that’s something that would require a huge time investment from our dev team and we need to assess if the amount of players that would benefit from such a feature would be large enough for it to be worth such an investment.
In the end everything is a trade-off, that’s why prioritizing the most relevant and important ideas is so important to us.
I will take this suggestion to the devs though, maybe they will be more open to prioritizing this idea a bit higher if the playerbase affected by it is large enough, since this could easily apply to both raids and arenas, so, to both the PvE and PvP communities, and this is where you come in, if you think this is something you would definitely use and are looking forward to seeing in-game, please tell us about it here.
My (wild) guess is the tech required for such a feature would probably work somewhat similarly for any instanced event, requiring only smaller tweaks to adapt it to particular ones like the arenas.
Thanks for the suggestion; I really hope that one day we can have such a feature as I’m sure it would turn sitting out of a raid and watching arenas into something much more exciting.
I’m only slightly concerned about the possibility for spoilers, since this could potentially allow players to see all the content without really experiencing it, but of course this makes little to no sense at all in a world with YouTube and LFR. It’s also all about the framework, there’s a ton of ways we could restrict this feature, achievements would probably be one of the easiest filters we could use.
Free moving camera (within the limits of normal gameplay and not past anything that hasn't already been killed) would of course be desirable, and no access to chats of any kind. In-game sound effects if the spectator so wishes. Ability to inspect all players in the group.
I would consider this a premium service, either as a monthly subscription or PPV. The group (either the group leader or through majority vote) decides whether spectators should be allowed, and if anyone can spectate or just a select few (RealID comes to mind). There could even be a gold kickback to the players for every spectator of their instance.
There are of course limitations to what can be done right now and the devs surely have more pressing matters to attend to, especially with all the Mists gremlins running around. As a premium service this should not be a waste of development time though.
Also: twitch.tv and others are making tons of money by people streaming their raids/arenas/rbgs etc. - but you need to have a browser open for it to work and if the option to view stuff directly ingame would be there, you could also have better graphix and it would be easier for people with bad interwebz.