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Brazilan and Japanese locale added in 4.0.6 - Blizzard Slate confirmed?
Digging through the 4.0.6 files yields interesting results, it seems that two localizations have been added to the game: ptBR and jaJP.


These locales are respectively the Portuguese-Brazil and the Japanese-Japan ones, they're actually used in other Blizzard games and I guess you can check SC2Mapster - Galaxy Editor if you need a confirmation of some sort.

Now you're probably going to ask me why you should care about that (unless you're Brazilian) and the answer is very simple! Remember the leaked Blizzard Product Slate from a few months back? WoW Brazil was actually there, and the timing is near perfect.


Things are starting to make sense and it might be safe to assume that Blizzard is still on schedule for the WoW changes, if everything works as planned we probably won't have to wait too much time before the next expansion is released and I guess the current plan is as follow:



Hopefully Patch 4.1 will hit the test realms very soon and I'll have plenty of stuff to report.


Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Class balance based on PTR Testing
The PTR does not exist solely for balance feedback. They provide crash reports, bug reports, having the patches simply live on a test environment with people actively playing helps us catch a great number of issues that no one would even need post about. Beyond that though the bug reports that are posted are extremely helpful, and overall the PTRs lead without a doubt to a more stable patch than it would have been were there no public test.

In direct answer to what you're referring, unless there's new content, the number of people on the PTR is really pretty low. Too low to pull reliable metrics to base balance changes on. Unless there's new content to drive people to the PTR there generally just isn't a sample size. Which is fine, because we can make changes after the PTR once the patch hits the live realms. Issuing hotfixes after a patch is by no means something new. We've used hotfixes for quite a long time, but since Cataclysm and the new community site, hotfix changes are front page news through the blogs. Which is awesome. Before we were throwing out pretty much the same amount of hotfixes we were after 4.0.6. Difference being we didn't have a great way to tell anyone about them. So now hotfixes are very visible and it makes it seem like we're going crazy with them, when really it's just increased transparency into the changes we're making.

Going back to your question, the PTR does many great things for the patches, and it should be expected that we're not going to make balance changes based on forum posts alone. The designers don't believe their own play experience is reason enough to make balance changes, although it can be one part of the puzzle, and the same goes for us reading about yours. (Source)

The MMO Report
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Comics
Dark Legacy Comics #276 and Teh Gladiators #212 are out!

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Comments 129 Comments
  1. Tgump's Avatar
    Wait, there'll be a WoW Brazil? Aren't they content with the Warsong server?

    Also: very excited to see this little chart being accurate once...if it's true, I won't have to wait much longer for DIII!
  1. DivineDavinci's Avatar
    Not the Blizzard's Mayan calendar again o.o!
  1. Simca's Avatar
    Bibi's done it again!

    Edit: The Battle.net Map Market has also entered Beta - looks to be on release for Q2 2011!
  1. Deathwhite's Avatar
    Yeahs Yeahs!
  1. Dalanos's Avatar
    Fantastic as always DLC.
  1. Jin84's Avatar
    You can't really outfly people on Paladins anymore. It's only a 10% difference against those with the guild perk. And dwarves mine faster no?
  1. cool_freezer's Avatar
    war of the ancient was announced as a raid too. so if it's not coming with 4.1 it will definitly with 4.2!
  1. Virandile's Avatar
    You... you just killed a kitten!
  1. Rukah's Avatar
    Tin foil hat time!
  1. ultimar235's Avatar
    Gah bliz's PTR philosophy is annoying. A lot of us who have played our class for a long time can instantly spot issues. It's like blizzard doesn't play their own game.
  1. blackangel209's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Virandile View Post
    You... you just killed a kitten!
    That particular kitten was a jerk anyway. :P
  1. Zellery's Avatar
    I love DLC so much.
  1. Ryme's Avatar
    That was one of the better DLC comics
  1. Felyna's Avatar
    Would love to see 4 patches between now and X4, but that's just me.

    Looks good though! 4.1 on PTR soon plz! Wouldn't be too surprised if it's on the 23rd to 24th to take some attention from RIFT's pre-order headstart
  1. Archer's Avatar
    Who was it the other day that said if Blizzard was really starting to feel some pressure from sales they would release it in yet another country to gain more subs? Guess it happened.

    Also as per the blue post.

    The PTR does not exist solely for balance feedback. They provide crash reports, bug reports, having the patches simply live on a test environment with people actively playing helps us catch a great number of issues that no one would even need post about. Beyond that though the bug reports that are posted are extremely helpful, and overall the PTRs lead without a doubt to a more stable patch than it would have been were there no public test.
    I don't understand, if 15 hunters are saying on PTR that deterrence is not working correctly, shouldn't that be enough to look into it?
    15 people saying there is a issue vs 150 saying there is an issue, they could still look into it.
    What about pets spawning at 5k health for 5 seconds? How many "reliable metrics" do they need to fix these issues.

    If what we currently have is without a doubt more stable than what it would be I would hate to see a patch without a PTR.
  1. Schalde's Avatar
    Its all great, and nice too see the product slate maybe will hold its timeline so far. But bringing out SC2 exp.1 and Diablo 3 withing the same Quater this year, i doubt tbh.
  1. blackangel209's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Archer View Post
    Who was it the other day that said if Blizzard was really starting to feel some pressure from sales they would release it in yet another country to gain more subs? Guess it happened.
    You say that as if they wouldn't have done it anyway...
  1. Xerix's Avatar
    Two words: "Ja ja."
  1. Aleom's Avatar
    I find this news fairly distressing. If there is more evidence that the product calendar is at least SOMEWHAT accurate, that means that the next expansion (WOWx4) will be released in LESS than 12 months. That means that the next TWO to THREE RAIDS are going to be dropped within that timeframe. Is it just me or does that seem like a very small amount of time for most guilds to progress through Hardmode content before the next raid is released?

    -- Cheers
    Grand Crusader Aleom, Light of the Dawn, Defender of a Shattered Realm.
  1. Pokot's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Jin84 View Post
    You can't really outfly people on Paladins anymore. It's only a 10% difference against those with the guild perk. And dwarves mine faster no?
    Paladin:
    100% + 310% = 410%
    410%*1,2 = 492%

    Thus, your speed with crusader aura is 392% of normal running speed

    Mount up:

    100% + 310% = 410%
    410%*1,1 = 451%

    Thus, your speed with 'Mount up' is 351% of normal running speed

    Welcome to Wow mechanics brah

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