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    Developer Q&A with Ion Hazzikostas

    See the front page for the recap!
    Last edited by chaud; 2017-08-03 at 06:08 PM.

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    "Artifact Knowledge will be unlocked automatically, there won't be any more need to research, just wait."

    Would you still gain it if you are un-subbed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xjev View Post
    "Artifact Knowledge will be unlocked automatically, there won't be any more need to research, just wait."

    Would you still gain it if you are un-subbed?
    Hopefully not. If you're not paying for a sub', why should your character's power still increase?

    Weren't we technically just waiting anyway? So what, now we don't have to click the button that says "Research"? Suuuuch an improvement, if that's how it works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xjev View Post
    "Artifact Knowledge will be unlocked automatically, there won't be any more need to research, just wait."

    Would you still gain it if you are un-subbed?
    The whole point is for it to help people come back into the game and catch up, so yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamboozler View Post
    Hopefully not. If you're not paying for a sub', why should your character's power still increase?
    Cuz the whole point is to bring people back.

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    Why does the crucible need RNG at all, though? This is just silly.

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    "Artifact Knowledge will be unlocked automatically, there won't be any more need to research, just wait."

    he says this like it's a good thing. this increases the "research" time even more than it was before, the current system of 4 hours is so much better than that.

    everything else so far, good to see more account wide stuff. what i've done on ptr, that is an ok amount of questing upfront, that's pretty good.

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    for the relic, they should had made (or change) them so the index fit between spec, like the first few number go to the least desired trait and the higher the most desired trait. So they could just print high number relic to get trait everyone want.

    My issue with the present system is that you have a double RNG. You want a specific relic WF/TF then you want it to roll a not awful Rank 2 crucible trait and the Rank 3 trait you really want.

    Also, that screw the loot system where people will always want to keep/roll for relics to see what kind of trait they will roll. People might no longer trade them, what awesome with the personal loot system we have atm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zlygork View Post
    Cuz the whole point is to bring people back.
    I guess. I think this actually promotes the opposite. "I'll quit paying my sub, and even when I come back, I'll be on par with everyone else with AK."

    I understand it might lure some players back, but I think it would also make people more comfortable with what they'd be losing if they stop paying for the game. I think that's something Blizzard wouldn't want.

    If 7.3 content doesn't bring you back, you're telling me automatic AK research will? What type of players do we want coming back, exactly?

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    For them to not have a solid answer about what will happen to artifact appearances post legion at this point in the expansion is rather curious imho.

    I'm not saying it 100% suggest they're planning to carry the system forward but it makes me wonder.

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    So no decision on Artifact appearance post Legion, except for PVP ones, and the answer is no?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Collected View Post
    For them to not have a solid answer about what will happen to artifact appearances post legion at this point in the expansion is rather curious imho.

    I'm not saying it 100% suggest they're planning to carry the system forward but it makes me wonder.
    He did say something about Warlocks transmogging their Demo' skin onto a dagger in the next expansion. To me, that hints that no, they are not carrying it forward.

    It's more confusion on how they're going to implement transmogs for when we do go back to non-artifact weapons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamboozler View Post

    If 7.3 content doesn't bring you back, you're telling me automatic AK research will? What type of players do we want coming back, exactly?
    I totally get where you are coming from and I hate it, but the kind of players blizzard focuses the most on IS sadly the kind of players that ignore or try to skip as quick as possible everything that is not endgame - the same players that absolutely hate the idea of AP

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    Quote Originally Posted by zlygork View Post
    I totally get where you are coming from and I hate it, but the kind of players blizzard focuses the most on IS sadly the kind of players that ignore or try to skip as quick as possible everything that is not endgame - the same players that absolutely hate the idea of AP
    I see your perspective, too. The game is always better off with more players playing. In my case, I couldn't give two shits if it works while I'm unsubbed. If I'm unsubbed, it means I don't care about what's going on in WoW or I've totally quit playing. I don't understand why people would want character progression (or even expect it as bait to resub) while they're unsubbed.

    I'm attracted to dungeons, quest zones, raids, etc. To each their own.

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    "Reforging
    Reforging had lots of downsides, such as trying to perfectly get the hit or expertise cap.
    Every item that doesn't have your best two stats you would reforge to have your best stat. This didn't really make for interesting choices.
    This also narrowed the distinction between items, making them feel more similar.
    It also made it harder to evaluate upgrades, as you had to look at the item in its current state as well as how you could reforge it.
    There were some good parts, such as giving players choices to make."

    I get a choice now.... Does the item have haste or not? No then pass. Wait for RNG to give me a haste item. If you want me to choose the iLVL over what secondary stat the item gives me then just have a primary and no secondary or all secondaries are equal.

    Honestly reforging to me was fun but I like number crunching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xjev View Post
    "Artifact Knowledge will be unlocked automatically, there won't be any more need to research, just wait."

    Would you still gain it if you are un-subbed?
    If you come back to the game yes. Right now PTR is at AK46 without doing anything (56 million%)

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    Sticking to character bound Prestige isn't going to help the painful death of PvP. If I could actually use all my stuff on all my characters, I'd absolutely PvP more. I don't want to grind to 13 again just because I switched characters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by derpkitteh View Post
    "Artifact Knowledge will be unlocked automatically, there won't be any more need to research, just wait."

    he says this like it's a good thing. this increases the "research" time even more than it was before, the current system of 4 hours is so much better than that.

    everything else so far, good to see more account wide stuff. what i've done on ptr, that is an ok amount of questing upfront, that's pretty good.
    You don't need to wait for anything, the whole region will be at AK41 (16 million%) on day 1, and AK55 (630 million%) 14 weeks later

    Even playing field.

    The second you hit 110 on an alt or returning main then you could get 60 traits within a day at AK55 since they also remove the pre-requirements for 3rd relic slot and 7.2 traits.

    AP rate will increase by about 157.5 x the speed, without increasing current AP trait costs.

    Right now PTR is at AK46, without doing anything.
    Last edited by Teri; 2017-08-03 at 06:44 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teri View Post
    You don't need to wait for anything, the whole region will be at AK41 (16 million%) on day 1, and AK55 (630 million%) 14 weeks later

    Even playing field.

    The second you hit 110 on an alt or returning main then you could get 60 traits within a day at AK55 since they also remove the pre-requirements for 3rd relic slot and 7.2 traits.

    AP rate will increase by about 157.5 x the speed, without increasing current AP trait costs.

    Right now PTR is at AK46, without doing anything.
    i don't really care about it being an even playing field. i want to get the ak quickly so i can speed up the grind more quickly. this is just more artificial timegating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by derpkitteh View Post
    i don't really care about it being an even playing field. i want to get the ak quickly so i can speed up the grind more quickly. this is just more artificial timegating.
    5 days or 7 days, doesn't matter much. The 4 hours thing was more of a band-aid fix.

    Sure I agree it's a bullshit timegate of 3 months, but they just don't want people to farm at 630million% for 3.5 month.

    Even then, if 7.3.5 lasts longer then 6 months, maxing a weapon to 101 is certainly possible for the most hardcore.
    Last edited by Teri; 2017-08-03 at 06:49 PM.

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    Screwww that @ prestige unlocks, that garbage is so grindy and crappy. Not cool...would prefer account wide.

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