MMO-Champion - Patch 4.3 Interviews, Blue Posts, Diablo III Beta, Art Gallery Update
Update - Clarified a few misquotes apparently, thankfully everything can be blamed on chaud.

Interviews: Warcraft After Cataclysm
Tom Chilton and Greg Street have been making the rounds again with interviews on IGN and Gamasutra.

Patch 4.3
  • If you add up all of the Deathwing encounter stages, it will be the longest fight in the game.
  • Each stage of the fight will take place in a different location and offer some loot.
  • The encounter starts at Wyrmrest Temple, progressing toward the players being on Deathwing's back while he is flying toward The Maelstrom.
  • The new five man encounters will build up to the Deathwing fight, similar to how the Icecrown five man instances built up to the Lich King.
  • To combat the complaints of armor always looking the same, there is a sub-lead who is in charge of guiding the art team to produce new styles not found in the game yet.

After Cataclysm
  • More armor customization could be coming in the future; Transmogrification was a solution that could be finished in time for Patch 4.3.
  • After Patch 4.3, and the world event, the team is going to focus on keeping players entertained and enjoying the game as well as new and potentially returning players.
  • On Mists of Pandaria: "Most of the time when we do anything panda-related it's going to be a comic book or a figurine or something like that."
  • There are more people that played World of Warcraft but no longer play World of Warcraft than currently play World of Warcraft
  • They believe that each spec plays like a separate class, making the game feel as if there are 30 classes.
  • Player created content is still in the back of their minds because of how well it worked in Starcraft II. Developing tools for players would take a lot of work, but the reward would be great as well.


Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Worgen Mounts
These mounts are mainly being added to even up the number of mounts Alliance players can get, compared to Horde players. Mount collectors and those of you interested in going for the mount achievement have been asking for this for a while, and the additional horses will address that issue.

The Worgen's unique racial mount equivalent is the Running Wild skill. That's not going anywhere. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Transmogrification: Incomplete tier sets
This is going to be half the fun for a lot of people looking forward to Transmogrification; finding matching sets and combinations that look awesome together

While it's too early to say for sure, it's possible that after this feature launches, there will be a number of items that people request become available to Transmogrify. We're going to monitor this feedback and hopefully be able to build on the feature based on that, however, that's not to say every item people ask for will suddenly appear in the game. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Three Talent Specs
Indeed, as Xarthat said, we're still really keen for players to put a lot of thought and decision into their character's chosen talent specs.

Sure, it would be handy to have more specs lined up to swap in or out when faced with a different situation, but right now we feel that your talent spec(s) should be something you choose, maybe refine over time, and hopefully pwn with. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Diablo III Beta Opt In
It is almost time for Diablo III Beta, Blizzard posted another beta opt in reminder on the official blog and DiabloFans has some additional leaked gameplay to go with the screenshots below.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Interested in signing up for an advance look at Diablo’s coming invasion of Sanctuary? To be eligible to participate in the Diablo III beta test, you need an active Battle.net account with any Blizzard game title attached to it. If you don’t already have an account, it’s easy to create one. Once you’ve set up a Battle.net account, or if you’ve already got one, you can access it by visiting http://us.battle.net/en/ and clicking the Account button on the upper right. Then, to opt into the beta, just click the Games & Codes section of your Account Management page, and then select the Beta Profile Settings option from the drop-down menu. You’ll be prompted to download the System Check beta opt-in application; running it will opt you in to the Diablo III beta. If your system specifications change, you can run the System Check application again to update your information.

While running the System Check application doesn’t guarantee you a place in the Diablo III beta, we wish you luck and hope to see you in Sanctuary.

FAQ:
How are beta test participants selected from the opt-in pool?
Beta testers are chosen according to their system specifications and other factors, including an element of luck. Our goal is to have a good variety of system types to best test compatibility.

Will there be any other ways to get into the beta besides the opt-in?
We’ll very likely be providing beta entry giveaways through various promotions on our sites, as well as through our official fansites. We’ll have information available on these promotions as they approach.

How many players do you plan to invite to the beta test?
The number of players we invite will be based on our testing needs. If during the course of testing we determine we need more players to participate, we’ll invite more.

What game content will be available in the beta?
You’ll be able to try out all five character classes and experience the early stages of Diablo III from the start of the game through the Skeleton King encounter. You’ll be able to interact with new and returning characters in New Tristram and fight the reawakened evils emanating from the cursed Tristram Cathedral.

Will the PvP arenas be available in the beta?
We don’t plan to include the PvP arenas in the beta test.

How long will the beta test last?
We have not determined an exact date for the end of the beta test. We will notify participants when the beta test is nearing completion.

Will the Diablo III Auction House be available in the beta?
We currently plan to test the functionality of the Diablo III gold-based auction house sometime after the initial beta launch.

Will Mac users be able to participate in the beta?
Yes, Mac users will be able to participate in the beta at the same time as Windows users.




Burning Crusade Art Gallery Updated
The Burning Crusade game art gallery has been updated with four new pieces.

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  1. Doomthulsa's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Vehemence View Post
    Indeed. I for one am absolutely fed up with Blizzard, right now , unless they get rid of their main marketing demograph for the entitled casual social gamers and change their attitude, there is no way I'm reactivating my account again.

    This post just reeks of 40 year old virginity.
  1. ryanman_87's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Doomthulsa View Post
    This post just reeks of 40 year old virginity.
    So true. It's 90% of the WoW community.
  1. lilbuddhaman's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Doomthulsa View Post
    This post just reeks of 40 year old virginity.
    Newsflash, Adults can have a real life and also a dedicated hobby that they are passionate about.

    See: Sports fans.
  1. Takuoro's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Doomthulsa View Post
    This post just reeks of 40 year old virginity.
    And this one reeks "I have no come back"
    Why play a game that needs you to have time if you don't have it, that's why the game is as it is and why people are leaving, instead of being a big adventure with friend, battles and all, it became a "go to the city and sit around all day" because of players like you that demanded Blizz to change their game and how the planned it originally.
  1. Kiro's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Doomthulsa View Post
    Wow this is so much fail. Titan already sucks? You don't even know what the game is or what its about? Forget to take your Ritalin this morning?
    No, just unlike you, I'm free from my bonds of mommy blizzard, and thus I see everything clearly now, and more objectively. Their track record has plummeted. WoW is like predicted, failing as it's going down the path the set it to. SC2 is stale, and a rip off that you have to buy the 2 expansions to get what should be a full game out of it, with very-very little added assets. D3 is a roller coaster ride right now. It's not hard to see the trends when you're not in the flock of blind sheeple like yourself, who didn't question blizzard, nor vote with your wallet, which allowed them to destroy the game and put it in the failing state it's suffering through right now while on life support. So thank you for that. So, that said, there's no disputing why someone would be really skeptical of their future software entries.

    Rift has already severely wounded WoW on top what blizzard themselves did, and SWTOR and especially GW2 will crush WoW's last breath.

    This post just reeks of 40 year old virginity.
    Haha, after just seeing this, you weren't worth the time it took me to write the above while waiting for my clothes to get done in the dryer.
  1. Nosonia's Avatar
    is it just me or does the d3 screenshots look much less then expected? the graphics look kinda bad??
  1. Takuoro's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Nosonia View Post
    is it just me or does the d3 screenshots look much less then expected? the graphics look kinda bad??
    Not only that, the Auction house, the system, etc etc, it look awful.
  1. Kiro's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Nosonia View Post
    is it just me or does the d3 screenshots look much less then expected? the graphics look kinda bad??
    I'm not surprised here one bit. They're not very talented when it comes to visuals. None of their games are graphically impressive, especially for this day and age. D3 looks almost last gen.
  1. jax's Avatar
    They realize some people quit because they made the content more accessible to everyone and it no longer felt elite.
    I saw this statement and I went to check some data on it and this is what I found on wowprogress.com Heroic modes down: Shannox 26.66% of guilds Beth 4.86% Rhyo 14.03% Alys 6.94% Baleroc 4.79% Majordomo 7.14% Rag 0.16% Now I am not a math major but those percentages are pretty low IMO. lol Heroic Rag at 0.16% really? No longer elite huh? ROFL All but 2 fights have far less than 10% of the pop being able to down them and you call that "no longer felt elite" Drugs are bad for your brain and you should stop doing them sir!
  1. Lemons's Avatar
    These sorts of interviews are great and all but I want to see patch notes.
  1. malletin's Avatar
    thanks tom chilton for confirming that mists of pandaria is the next expansion!because clearly a figurine or comic book wouldnt include a manual, discs, mousepads and other collecters edition articles right?
  1. Cows For Life's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Delta279 View Post
    I have a question. Did you start playing WoW when WoTLK came out?
    Can't speak for anyone else but the fact that normal ICC was around for over a year and puggable with the buff kept me playing longer. It was nice being able to run the place on several alts on a different one or two alts each week. The AOE madness also made it bearable to tank and carry people through most heroics (except ICC), that was nice too.

    No I started near launch and can actually speak of the drudgery of MC and AQ.

    ---------- Post added 2011-09-04 at 03:57 AM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by mkultra55 View Post
    Every new x-pac seems hard because all we remember is steam rolling through old content in the highest Tier sets. Does no one remember Loken when Wrath launched? Or the QQ about HoR? The biggest problem has been the merging of 10 and 25 mans. It killed many 25 man Guilds and spread the talented players among a plethora of 10 mans that have trouble beating the easy Bosses of each Tier. Make 10 mans the easy content with lesser drops and make 25's the harder content. Lose the Hard modes and bring back Ulduar style Hard mechanics.
    HoR was actually hard when it launched. They had to nerf it only a couple of days after 3.3 came out. It was quite brutal the first few days.
  1. Eorayn's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Willhelm View Post
    I don't know why people are taking what he said as if we've been totally wrong in assuming mists of pandaria is the next expansion.

    What he gave is a non-answer.

    Just read over what he said again. If you've read the actual interview you know that he didn't answer the question asked at all. He was asked if the rumors were over hyped and he responded by saying how they traditionally have handled the pandaren in the past. If anything his non-answer is an even stronger hint that we should be expecting that mists of pandaria really is something big.
    If the rumors are true..

    'That person who found it in the first place' For President.
  1. Puntar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Gratlim View Post
    Hard end-game content, lot of remakes, lame storyline, over-used phasing, linear questing, frustrating and unforgiving boss mecanics for heroics/raids etc. Cataclysm got what it deserved. It even pales compared to WotLK. Nuff said..
    You missed, botched up spell power degradation for healers from lvl 81 onward. (healers lose power efficiency from lvl. 81 onward even with better gear. THAT SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN!)
  1. Laytnor's Avatar
    I was one of these who was excited for Diablo 3, but once they announced RMTAH, im not even looking forward for it. And I'm not the only potential buyer they've lost because of this outrageous crap. But oh well, blizzdrones will defend all the shit they're throwing at their customers.
  1. Cjin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Laytnor View Post
    I was one of these who was excited for Diablo 3, but once they announced RMTAH, im not even looking forward for it. And I'm not the only potential buyer they've lost because of this outrageous crap. But oh well, blizzdrones will defend all the shit they're throwing at their customers.
    I don´t understand why people make RMAH so huge fuzz. Do you really try to pretend €->items trade would not happen if it would not exist?

    If you really really think you don´t to play with people buying stuff for money, you could go play hc mode... and pretend there´s no shady site in the depths of internet where you can buy items.
  1. Puntar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by plosion View Post
    It's just a gargantuan ammount of work that's not in the best interest of the game. Do you realize how much dev time would redesigning every single piece of armor that's been in the game since launch take for 16 different models? Are you crazy? We would get another half assed endgame like cata...
    ROLF!!!

    For the best interest of the game THIS IS THE PRIME REASON why it should be 1st priority to do it!

    And you are wrong on it. Armor do not need to be touched! Base naked model need a complete "refitting" aka way more polys and higher textures. For all classic races.

    Do I need to mention that some of them are still unfinished? (Troll Females)
  1. Dremorus's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kiro View Post
    I'm not surprised here one bit. They're not very talented when it comes to visuals. None of their games are graphically impressive, especially for this day and age. D3 looks almost last gen.
    I thought it was Gameplay > Graphics??? Or am I wrong here?
  1. Nedellis's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by huldu View Post
    Vanilla was the best because WoW was new and fresh. PvP wasn't half-bad and there was plenty of world PvP going on. Then bg's came along and messed that up. You thought that was as low they could go... of course not, bring on the arena. That was Blizz taking a big dump on WoW. E-sport... /sigh. A game like WoW in it's current state would do far better as a regular 32-64 multiplayer. Nothing massive about WoW. It's just a big chat room.

    It's so sad to see some of you actually take this game serious. You probably spend a third of your day just playing it. Beat a raid and know that what you have will be obsolete the next patch. It's all about some sort of bragging right about the loot you got. Quite pathetic. When WoW finally dies or you leave it, all that time you spent playing the shit, hope it was worth it.

    This means you was playing wow only because it was new? So you didn't really like the game but the fact it's was fresh and different from other games were.

    4 years ago i have started to play wow not because it's new and fresh to me, but because it's fuckin amazing! I like the gameplay, the gameplay is the core of a game, and wow's gameplay improve every patch is released.
    If you stop to play a game because it became old, well probably you never didn't really passionate with it.

    ---------- Post added 2011-09-04 at 10:52 AM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by jax View Post
    I saw this statement and I went to check some data on it and this is what I found on wowprogress.com Heroic modes down: Shannox 26.66% of guilds Beth 4.86% Rhyo 14.03% Alys 6.94% Baleroc 4.79% Majordomo 7.14% Rag 0.16% Now I am not a math major but those percentages are pretty low IMO. lol Heroic Rag at 0.16% really? No longer elite huh? ROFL All but 2 fights have far less than 10% of the pop being able to down them and you call that "no longer felt elite" Drugs are bad for your brain and you should stop doing them sir!
    +1


    In my servers, ppl start to spam "LF raid" in chat, after six months from cata's release. Don't have an high-end guild, so for me raid isn't at all "easy accessible".


    Quote Originally Posted by chaud View Post
    They believe that each spec plays like a separate class, making the game feel as if there are 30 classes.
    They really believe this is bad?
  1. dragothica's Avatar
    So I was reading the Wowhead page of Puzzle Box of Yogg-Saron and all it's whispers about a drowned Old God N'Zoth. Now that in the Deathwing encounter the boss is flying from Wyrmrest Temple towards the Maelstrom, wouldn't it be possible that we'll meet N'Zoth as a boss after Deathwing, beneath the Maelstrom?

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