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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!

This article was originally published in forum thread: Gamescom Patch 4.3 Interviews, Blue Posts, Fan Art, Comics started by chaud View original post
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  1. bethofwow's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Joels View Post
    I hope the 4.4 event won't be anything like the Cataclysm pre-event.. all that hype and it was awful. Also, I wonder what A "meaningful difference" will be..
    Will probably be much like the pre Wrath event, with our next antagonist announcing his/her/their intentions. Maybe as well the Pandaren coming back into society?
  1. Zoma's Avatar
    Found these to be the most interesting
    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 timeline compared to previous expansions.
    Multiple encounters with Deathwing? And an earlier news post said we'd be riding Deathwing. And there is no confirmed location for the DW raid yet... Crazy Theory: We ride Deathwing from boss to boss. Surviving the ride is an encounter. Curious about the Patch 4.4 and 5.0 stuff, but I'll wait for 4.3 before I get too excited about it.
  1. strafefaster's Avatar
    The Deathwing raid will be smaller than Ulduar with many phases or encounters with Deathwing.
    As fun as Ulduar was, it was WAY too big so I see this as a good thing. All that trash plus 14 bosses is a little much for one raid.
  1. Azalu's Avatar
    Multiple encounters with Deathwing eh.....If we don't fight him outdoors now i'll buy a hat and eat it
  1. Uselessrouge's Avatar
    Battle.net account wide achievements are still in the works. oh yeah baby.. let it comme !
  1. Kujja's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by bethofwow View Post
    Will probably be much like the pre Wrath event, with our next antagonist announcing his/her/their intentions. Maybe as well the Pandaren coming back into society?
    Using 4.4 as the pre-expansion event seems a bit strange, usually they happen in the X.0 patch... maybe it's just a big event for this expansion with only slight lore for the next expansion.
  1. mvallas's Avatar
    I still say Deathwing will be a multi-boss encounter eventDeathwing (human form) is one bossDeathwing (chasing after in airship) is another bossDeathwing (tank n' Spank) will be the final boss
  1. Kaeleena's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Azalu View Post
    Multiple encounters with Deathwing eh.....If we don't fight him outdoors now i'll buy a hat and eat it
    Cave in! MOVE! lol
  1. mvallas's Avatar
    Yeah... I wonder what a "meaningful Difference" means...meaning...what exactly?
  1. Belial's Avatar
    "New players are still having trouble with the first 30 minutes and five levels of the game, more hand holding is coming." Yay!!.. dumping down content even further and: "Blizzard did a lot to save time while getting Cataclysm finished, but ended up happy with the final result." Lol.. just lol. So making content that lost them 900k subs makes them happy?
  1. ohshift's Avatar
    I like Blizzard excuses "We wont make cool quests, it takes time to do them"
    Also, is just me or Teh Gladiators is completeley retarded, in a non funny way? Maybe it's meant to mirror some pvpers around there...
  1. MakeMeLaugh's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Belial View Post
    "New players are still having trouble with the first 30 minutes and five levels of the game, more hand holding is coming." Yay!!.. dumping down content even further
    Dude its just for the first few levels...
  1. kittenboots's Avatar
    normally i don't like skimpy outfits, but that female bloodelf fanart is gorgeous.
  1. Belial's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MakeMeLaugh View Post
    Dude its just for the first few levels...
    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.
  1. aikouka's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by kittenboots View Post
    normally i don't like skimpy outfits, but that female bloodelf fanart is gorgeous.
    Likewise on the gorgeous part. I made it my tablet's new background replacing my other favorite, Blizzard's fiery Arthas + Invincible painting.
  1. BodycountQQ's Avatar
    That art is awesome! The guy on deathwings back is incredible! I want to make that my background picture right now!
  1. Flaks's Avatar
    I hope the 4.4 event won't be as shitty as the Pre-Cataclysm one. They need to stop giving into the community's bitching and provide us a world event equal to the Pre-Wrath event. If you want to make it memorable MAKE IT STAND OUT.
  1. Fallinginreverse's Avatar
    Should be fun cant wait for the new content. hopefully they add some sort of pvp content as well
  1. Lord Swizzlington'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.
    For a game maker, they are one in the same. What you're trying to do is determine what definition of "is" they are using. Further, they made the game sooooooooo easy and dumbed down, that only 28 guilds have actually fully cleared all the content.
  1. hawtlol's Avatar
    New players are still having trouble with the first 30 minutes and five levels of the game, more hand holding is coming.
    So this whole update is one huge troll right? Cuz there is no way that this can be serious.

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