This is a faction alignment tin foil hat addition suggesting that we might be able to play any race on either side some day, possibly soon.
Could we ever see an alliance tauren or a horde dwarf? It might be possible if the pandas are a test to see how one race would work on both sides of the fence. The idea that any race can choose the side they wish to fight for is something people have considered for a long time, probably as long as the game has existed to begin with. But will it ever happen?
I can see it happening if the panda test goes well. They will most likely look at feedback on the forums and see how people are adjusting to having the same race in both factions. If it seems to cause little or no problems we might see more races moving to making a decision instead of just being assigned a faction.
But could all races do that? Goblins are a race that you could easily see going to either side. A large portion of them are neutral to begin with so it would not be really all that hard to believe. So the alliance goblins are not bilgewater, easy to explain away right? But outside of goblins no other races seem to be that easily integrated into the the opposite faction.
I would think that orcs and humans would never be able to choose sides. After all, the game is orcs vs. humans so having orcs and humans being allowed to choose sides seems to be against the whole concept of the war. The other races might be all up for grabs however. As they are just aligning themselves with either the orc empire of the human kingdom.
There are a few sticky points however. I can see Draenei never wanting to be with orcs, for obvious reasons. Old prejudices die hard and what the orcs did to them is not about to be wiped from their minds any time soon. Same goes for the worgen and the forsaken. I can't rightfully see a worgen wanting to be part of any group that would align themselves with the forsaken.
But that is where you need to suspend belief if something like this would happen. It would not be the worgen moving to the horde, it would be one single worgen moving there. The worgen as a race would still be alliance aligned. But single people from the race would choose to move to the other side. Perhaps they believe in the hordes fight and can put aside their hatred of the forsaken enough to fight on the side of the fight they believe in most instead of blindly following their races leaders.
I can see blizzard doing something like this but not having it actually be done in game. I can see them adding it as a cash shop offer. Just like a normal faction change, but a faction change while keeping your race. Perhaps they would charge 10 more to cross the race/faction lines.
It could of course be added in game as a quest line to denounce your faction and join the other. If they ever decide to go that way at least.
From my point of view, some races should not be able to play both sides. Humans and orcs, as mentioned. Without a doubt, I can see them not being able to switch sides. But all other races would be up for switching. While there are some issues, like I mentioned, there is really nothing to bind people to their side any longer. People play both sides. I have max level characters on both sides myself and know many that do.
Somewhere along the line I think the game lost the feeling of real faction allegiance and with pandas playing both sides it could blur the line even more in the future.
If blizzard sees the pandas going well do you think we might see other races playing both sides of the fence?