MMO-Champion - Gamescom Patch 4.3 Interviews, Blue Posts, Fan Art, Comics
Gamescom Interviews
Now that Gamescom is over the last few interviews are popping up with a few interesting details. (via Digitalspy, GameInformer, Allvatar, and JudgeHype)

Patch 4.3+
  • The new 5 man dungeons will help to introduce the Deathwing Raid.
  • The current plan with the Deathwing raid is to have it all available immediately upon release.
  • The Deathwing raid will be smaller than Ulduar with many phases or encounters with Deathwing.
  • Patch 4.4 will bring a world event before the next expansion.
  • The next expansion should be released with a "meaningful difference" in the release timeline compared to previous expansions.

Future Changes and Features
  • Paid Guild Transfers are still in the works.
  • Battle.net account wide achievements are still in the works.
  • Armor dyes are unlikely to be included in the game, but mount customization is a possibility.
  • Class Quests are unlikely to return due to the amount of time it takes to design and implement them.
  • No gold sinks are coming soon because of the large variance in the amount of gold players have.
  • A real money Auction House is not planned for WoW.

Other Notes
  • RealID LFD grouping was originally going to be paid because of the similarity to Paid Character Transfers, but they decided it was the right thing for the game to offer it for free.
  • Cross realm RealID grouping is going to be expanded to cover Battlegrounds as well. Depending on how well that works it could be expanded to raids and rated battlegrounds.
  • There has been a drop in gold farming because phishing and hacking accounts is more profitable.
  • New players are still having trouble with the first 30 minutes and five levels of the game, more hand holding is coming for very basic concepts like moving, questing, fighting, and looting.
  • Blizzard did a lot to save time while getting Cataclysm finished, but ended up happy with the final result.
  • The shared 10 and 25 man lockout has had both positive and negative effects, it solved the need to do both every week but removed some extra content that could be done every week. Some changes will be made in the future to make everyone happier with the solution.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Transmogrification of Heirlooms
I'd like to provide an update on this statement I made. It turns out that Heirlooms will be eligible targets for Transmogrification. Also (and this applies to all Transmogrified items), trading, mailing, auctioning or depositing an item in a guild bank will remove the Transmogrified art, returning the item in question to its original artwork. So, while you won't have to stare at the same old Heirlooms the whole time you're leveling, you won't be able to send a set of Heirlooms that have been Transmogrified with tier 13 art to your level 10 alt.

[...] Mainhand can only be applied to mainhand, and offhand can only be applied to offhand. This is partially due to the restrictions on certain types of weapon art.

Again, these are our first tentative steps with Transmogrification, and there's room for modifying the rules later on after the system is introduced, and we see how things shake out. Heck, the rules aren't even quite set in stone right now, and might change further before the system is introduced. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Transmogrification as a Gold Sink
The gold cost for Transmogrification hasn't been set in stone, but it's likely to be very similar to Reforging, meaning it'd scale with item level (probably the level of the item actually equipped). (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Transmogrification Options
The gear also still has to have stats aside from armor on it. That means that there are a lot of white or grey items that might not be available initially when Transmogrification goes live.

As an aside, a lot of people have been asking about hiding shoulders, belts, etc. For now, it's looking pretty unlikely that we'll offer the option to hide anything aside from helm and cloak. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Fan Art Update
The Blizzard Fan Art Section has been updated with five new pieces of fan artwork set within the Warcraft universe.




Comics
Dark Legacy Comics #302 and Teh Gladiators #264 + #265 are available!

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Comments 244 Comments
  1. Arnolde's Avatar
    The next expansion should be released with a "meaningful difference" in the release timeline compared to previous expansions. Please, please let this not be another lie! Good riddance to Cata! Give meh pandas!
  1. Flaks's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Belial View Post
    And you really belive that? No.. as one wise guy said on these forums not long ago: Blizzard, at some point stopped catering to the gamer and instead went to cater to the consumer.
    Wise indeed. The more I think about it he more I realize how true that statement holds. Its completely obvious with the addition of all these silly features like mobile AH and the Blizzard store and I fear that despite resources being allocated to each separately the gaming aspect is being detracted from in order to provide more features. I feel as though Blizzard has become obsessed with bringing its battle.net system to the current digital age forgetting that they are game creators not social network providers.
  1. Strakha's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Eleveneleven View Post
    A friendly NPC that follows you, fights in combat with you, and takes you to your objectives (and to the trainers) are probably going to happen.
    They have this for the new troll starting quests, maybe not as useful as he could be, but he does kind of give out hints and follows you around.

    I feel bad for this source of updates, the lack of class quests, just shows that somehow they have less resources than vanilla than they do now, how is that possible? I think that they should put more emphasis on fun things to do with smaller amounts of people rather than 1 big event to do with 10 or 25 people. As the game wears on, there will be less and less people that care about the story, about raiding and serious raiders will adopt games that have more challenging raids and game mechanics.

    They need to think of a secondary strategy to cater to smaller groups of players that don't have as much time to invest. Raids are fun, but how many times can you go through Firelands in 1 tier? It would be nice to have twice as many 5 mans that offered a varying amount of challenge, so you could have a ridiculous 5 man that was so hard you needed 5 really good players to beat it, etc.
  1. mmo_lol's Avatar
    Makes me sad to see that there are still no plans for a paid class change..
  1. Oliveros's Avatar
    After this pathetic excuse of an x-pac I wont be buying any future wow expansions period
  1. Collected's Avatar
    "New players are still having trouble with the first 30 minutes and five levels of the game, more hand holding is coming for very basic concepts like moving, questing, fighting, and looting."lol.. are they serious? Makes me wonder how I ever got to 60 in vanilla. Shesh. I didn't think it could be any easier than it is now. What are they going to do, let you watch the game move your character for the first level before gaining control of it?
  1. reve's Avatar
    The Deathwing raid will be smaller than Ulduar with many phases or encounters with Deathwing.
    FML, Blizz really throwing in the towel hmm... And it means less bosses, not less space. Nobody cares about space.
    Quote Originally Posted by Kamakiri View Post
    This also means I have just lvled up a hunter to 85 (Ding this week) and I can now change him to my main and I don't have to /love all those critters again right!!!!????
    I'd hold your horses there, Blizz has something "in the works" for years usually.
  1. z3rodown's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by hawtlol View Post
    So this whole update is one huge troll right? Cuz there is no way that this can be serious.
    Actually I would of said the same thing had I not watched my friend try to play who has never played a computer game before. It was the most painful thing I have ever seen and it took him an hour to try to get the movement and pushing 1 down. It is just for beginning tutorials which some people actually need.
  1. Literaltruth's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by greyghost View Post
    neither game has been released yet, nor do they even have a release date for either game.
    ***whooooooooosh***

    ---------- Post added 2011-08-23 at 02:30 PM ----------

    Was this post edited or something after the initial posting? It states quite clearly that the difference is to the "release timeline", not any kind of in-game timeline. I'm guessing this means Blizzard are planning to stick to their promise of "smaller expansions, faster". However, the amount of success they've had sticking to their "smaller patches, faster" commitment leaves me doubting it. I'm going to guess that the Deathwing raid is going to be with us for a looong while before Mists of Pandaria is released (and with their talk of final raids, quickened releases of the next XPac and such I don't think there can be any doubt that Mists of Pandaria is the title of said XPac, not some side-project). Overall, I think Cataclysm has been an interesting experiment. Blizzard made quite a few mistakes with it - but I'm willing to bet they have learned from these mistakes and I'm quite looking forward to seeing how they implement those lessons in Pandaria.
  1. DrunkenBeard's Avatar
    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    Transmogrification Options
    The gear also still has to have stats aside from armor on it. That means that there are a lot of white or grey items that might not be available initially when Transmogrification goes live.
    Oh come on ! There is no actual leather gear that I would like for my Nifght Elf Druid more than the Suncured Set
  1. Collected's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Strakha View Post
    I feel bad for this source of updates, the lack of class quests, just shows that somehow they have less resources than vanilla than they do now, how is that possible?
    Simple.. Titan. Blizzard openly admitted their core talent has moved from WoW and onto Titan. That's where the main people are working now. But I sometimes wonder. They have the time to re-do 1-60 for Cataclysm but can't insert some class quests. Hmm. I guess they have to prioritise and class quests just aren't on the list.
  1. Arganaut's Avatar
    "Patch 4.4 will bring a world event before the next expansion."

    Disappointing. I was hoping that after the Deathwing raid there would be one final raid involving N'Zoth.

    Cataclysm has been a huge failure imho compared with TBC and WOTLK and I can't help but feel short changed.

    I'm not really fussed with the lack of raid content as it seems the in thing to give less and less with each passing xpac.

    But the lore and story lines have been rubbish and have not engrossed me at all. Where's the villains at? In TBC you had a raft of villains and their mottly crews ready to wage war against you. In Wrath, LK popped up all the time giving you the sense he was the king of the jungle, the Yogg and Ulduar story, Blue Dragonflight, Yrykul (forgive spelling), Nerubians and Anub (albeit no underground zone disappointment), sheesh even if it was the worst raid in the game argent tournment at least had a story behind it.

    Excluding the Sundering, Cata has given very little, arguably due to have so few new zones. I'm not against re-hashing content and personally feel some old raids and dungeons have a place in new content, but Nef and Ony (seem them before), Ragnaros (hi again), new Mount Hyjal adailies (didn't we do this when levelling at 80), oh, let's pick on the trolls again (those dammed trolls, ethnically cleanse them. But if you are desperate for a story, include some trolls, and finally Deathwing. The deadly Deathwing, i'm going to fart my way out of Deepholm, caused some tsuanmis, few cracks in the earth, say Hi to Raggy, then spend the rest of the xpac flying around hoping some moron stands in my fire. He sucks as a villain. At least Chogall and his twilight crew were getting up to mischief and had a sense of story behind them.

    I cannot help but feel that it is purely commercial decisions pushing these timescales. Not the love for story, of player base to give more exicting and enthralling content to play. Purely some nub in a blue suit in the board room has said,

    "We have 3 mean titles coming out towards the end of the year and we need a way to counter them, and stop lots of subscribers leaving. Titan is not ready and will not be for a while. You got to release the Deathwing raid, and some other gimmicks (like transmorgrification and void storage). That way, raiders will feel obliged to continuing subbing to ensure they kill Deathwing, casual gamers will have the delights on the new raid finder to troll old raids to make their toons look shit hot. Hopefully, the new releases will not have such a massive hit on the subscriber base. By the time Deathwing is old new, we'll release a new and brilliant xpac to pull all the subscribers back and ensure people carry on playing, hoping we ride out the next gen mmo's waves".

    p.s. excuse spelling and poor grammer.
  1. Ickalanda's Avatar
    I actually don't mind Blizzard's idea of doing half size expansions, 5 levels, half the length... BUT NOT WHEN WE ARE STILL PAYING THE FULL PRICE. If these expansions were $20 each, then I wouldn't mind as much. Currently WoW costs $100 to buy into as a new player, excluding the monthly fee ($20 for Battle Chest, $40 for Wrath, $40 for Cata). It's going to be very difficult to convince new players into the game as it gets more and more expensive.
  1. DissPanda's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Arnolde View Post
    The next expansion should be released with a "meaningful difference" in the release timeline compared to previous expansions. Please, please let this not be another lie! Good riddance to Cata! Give meh pandas!
    I doubt it's a lie, seeing as they wanted to release expansions faster (1 1/2 year between each?).

    Blizzard seems to be going in the right direction, and I'm positive that 4.3 will be awesome
  1. Marlamin's Avatar
    I'm kind of sad there'll be a 4.4 with the world event to the next expansion, seeing I was hoping to jump into 4.3 and datamine at full speed ahead. Oh well!
  1. Strakha's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Collected View Post
    Simple.. Titan. Blizzard openly admitted their core talent has moved from WoW and onto Titan. That's where the main people are working now. But I sometimes wonder. They have the time to re-do 1-60 for Cataclysm but can't insert some class quests. Hmm. I guess they have to prioritise and class quests just aren't on the list.
    Never saw a post where they admit they changed their core talent, but yeah I can't see how they can re-do almost all the 1-60s quests but cant make 50 individual quests for every 10 levels or so (less for DK).
  1. Bane-Thunder-God's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by greyghost View Post
    Neither game has been released yet, nor do they even have a release date for either game.
    You're clearly unable to recognize Sarcasm.

    alot of people say SWTOR or GW2 will trump WoW yet neither game are out to be proven to be anythnig special just like Warhammer killed WoW right? lol.

    Don't get me wrong i'll be trying both SWTOR and GW2(Best looking upcoming MMO Gameplaywise) but i certainly don't see any of them capable of harming WoW whatso ever. Especially SWTOR it just doesnt do anythnig groundbreaking at all.


    OT: Sounds like we will be getting a new expansion in Q2 2012 xD I'm certainly excited and I can't wait for 4.3 to hit PTR so I can play on their whilst I wait for it to go live. I'm pretty much bored of Live servers atm other than doing Arena. I don't do PvE at all.

    (Darkain - YouTube)
  1. DissPanda's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by mvallas View Post
    Yeah... I wonder what a "meaningful Difference" means...meaning...what exactly?
    I'm guessing that they mean that it's not like "Well, 1 year in terms of lore has passed, but guess what? That tower that's being fixed infront of Org still isn't finished". I guess it means that it'll be like "We want the timeline to fit with the changes of the world". So maybe we'll see the Park fixed sooner than we'd think.
  1. Stormwolf64's Avatar
    New players are still having trouble with the first 30 minutes and five levels of the game, more hand holding is coming for very basic concepts like moving, questing, fighting, and looting. Fuck this game
  1. Bane-Thunder-God's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by mmo_lol View Post
    Makes me sad to see that there are still no plans for a paid class change..
    I'm so glad people like you don't get your way. If you did we'd be able to buy level 85 Characters from Blizz with full raid tier/pvp sets right? Thus rendering the game pointless for levelling or getting to know your class through Playing it.

    Paid Race/Faction/Server change is understandable and im sure most have used the service due to their own reasons. But Class change is just ridiculous. And should never be included in any game let alone WoW.

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