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.

This article was originally published in forum thread: Patch 4.3 Interviews, Blue Posts, Diablo III Beta, Art Gallery Update started by chaud View original post
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  1. Lysah's Avatar
    Glad I could help ^_^
  1. Desaris's Avatar
    WoW uses a modded Warcraft 3 engine, so could make a Map Editor upgraded from the WC3 one
  1. Travio's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by bofedy View Post
    •More armor customization could be coming in the future; Transmogrification was a solution that could be finished in time for Patch 4.3.
    In case you're saying "they might not finish it!," that sentence was intended as "there's some things want to do in the future, but Transmogrification is the one we could finish for 4.3."
  1. Lysah's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Travio View Post
    In case you're saying "they might not finish it!," that sentence was intended as "there's some things want to do in the future, but Transmogrification is the one we could finish for 4.3."
    Yes that is correct.
  1. Matiz's Avatar
    They realize some people quit because they made the content more accessible to everyone and it no longer felt elite.
    I don't get this... Wrath had more accessible content compared to Cata.
  1. Alayea's Avatar
    •There are more people that played World of Warcraft, but no longer play World of Warcraft, than the number of people that currently play World of Warcraft. They want to lower the barrier to entry and find some way to bring back players that no longer play.
    I don't care whether it was Blizzard that stated it or some random person. I think that ought to say something about the state of Cataclysm, because I have had so many players in my guild alone quit playing because the game was actually too hard and not worth the hassle. WotLK keeps getting such a bad rap when it doesn't deserve it.

    •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."
    Ladies and gentlemen, here we have a classical non-answer. Please do not bother with trying to read anything else into it.
  1. Legendary_Zer0's Avatar
    "If you add up all of the Deathwing encounter stages, it will be the longest fight in the game." Glad the fight has stages cause wiping on Alice sucks ass when you are 8 minutes into the fight
  1. Bareno's Avatar
    [QUOTE=Alayea;13027241]I don't care whether it was Blizzard that stated it or some random person. I think that ought to say something about the state of Cataclysm, because I have had so many players in my guild alone quit playing because the game was actually too hard and not worth the hassle. WotLK keeps getting such a bad rap when it doesn't deserve it.[/QUOTE

    I agree, I had such a fun time in WOTLK, enjoyed it way more than Cata / TBC.
  1. Zergal's Avatar
    After Patch 4.3, and the world event, the team is going to focus on keeping players entertained and enjoying the game.
    They aren't doing that currently? Kinda explains a lot actually...
  1. Alayea's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zergal View Post
    They aren't doing that currently? Kinda explains a lot actually...
    You know, I actually hadn't thought of it in that way until you said that. Thanks for the laugh.
  1. YouGotPwned's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Alayea View Post
    I don't care whether it was Blizzard that stated it or some random person. I think that ought to say something about the state of Cataclysm, because I have had so many players in my guild alone quit playing because the game was actually too hard and not worth the hassle. WotLK keeps getting such a bad rap when it doesn't deserve it.


    Ladies and gentlemen, here we have a classical non-answer. Please, don't bother with trying to read anything else into it.
    How is it too hard? I really don't understand how anyone can be that slow that they think the game is hard. I mean, every single boss, you just follow the tactics, and you kill it, end of story, really easy. But PvP isn't meant to be easy, it's supposed to show skill and therefore ne hard. So when you can come up with something that makes the game hard, then start saying it's hard.

    People quit because the game got boring, if anything PvE is far too easy right now, and PvP is unbalanced and blizzard don't seem to care at all.
  1. Legendary_Zer0's Avatar
    [QUOTE=Alayea;13027241]I don't care whether it was Blizzard that stated it or some random person. I think that ought to say something about the state of Cataclysm, because I have had so many players in my guild alone quit playing because the game was actually too hard and not worth the hassle. WotLK keeps getting such a bad rap when it doesn't deserve it.


    I'd completely agree with you blizzard fucked up when they made Cataclysm literally it was a Cataclysm to their subs. WotLK had easy content if it was done on normal mode yes that's for sure. Now if you killed LK/YS then went strictly to hard modes you'd say it was worth it for those who are more then casual. I myself hate the Lock out system, yea it's great that 10 mans have the same loot but you took away a raid night. My guild since cata has went from 3 days of raiding down to just over 1.
  1. Zergal's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Alayea View Post
    You know, I actually hadn't thought of it in that way until you said that. Thanks for the laugh.
    Cynical nature + horrible wording = lol.

    On other news, i truely hope pandabears are going to be a comic book or something.
  1. Strakha's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by YouGotPwned View Post
    People quit because the game got boring, if anything PvE is far too easy right now, and PvP is unbalanced and blizzard don't seem to care at all.
    well i had a lot of friends that were not very good, but they all quit because they felt the raids now were too hard and that there was no place for them to succeed because they also felt the 5 man heroics were too hard. so even if there is no need to cater to that difficulty for some guilds, other guilds lost a lot of friends and people they played with for years. Just because they felt like making a steep learning curve in comparison to WOTLK.

    So for some, WOTLK was more fun, and the PVP I agree, although it was very similar, just burst and death now we have smoke bomb and Ring of Frost and Heroic Leap to deal with though.
  1. Revrant's Avatar
    They realize some people quit because they made the content more accessible to everyone and it no longer felt elite.
    Sigh, no, not at all, guys, people were upset over the low quality of the end game content, not because it was "more" accessible, it was really less accessible, and also less rewarding, reused five man EVERYTHING, crappy looking point gear with much higher grinds, the tier armor being rather bleh this expansion, the much smaller 80-85 experience, the dropping of non-recycled content meant for Vashj'ir replaced with recycled old world junk. B-Team, B for Bad.
  1. Strakha's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Revrant View Post
    Sigh, no, not at all, guys, people were upset over the low quality of the end game content, not because it was "more" accessible, it was really less accessible, and also less rewarding, reused five man EVERYTHING, crappy looking point gear with much higher grinds, the tier armor being rather bleh this expansion, the much smaller 80-85 experience, the dropping of non-recycled content meant for Vashj'ir replaced with recycled old world junk. B-Team, B for Bad.
    Ulduar > this entire expansion
  1. Sny's Avatar
    They say they want to "lower the barrier to entry" for players they have lost, but that some of these same players left because content was too accessible, but also harder somehow. Better rewards are obviously the answer I don't think they will acknowledge that accessibility isn't what lost players, but convenience. Accessibility is determined by the players, their willingness to help those they believe will help them. With much of the need to be social in this game gone, widening the gap between dungeon and raid rewards will just make the skilled, but under-geared player with low guild rep that much more inconvenient.
  1. Accidents's Avatar
    I see great potential by giving players the tools to create content, the creativity that comes with a feature like that could make a massive impact in the quality of the game. It would certainly take a lot of time and resources to create, but imo, well worth it.
  1. PotatoCoffee's Avatar
    Multiple fights in multiple locations? U gotta be kidding me? And deathwing desides to drop loot for lulz when we tickle him uhu makes sense.
  1. epec's Avatar
    Can't wait for the diablo 3 beta scam emails :\

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