Patch 4.3 - Void Storage Preview, Curse Party at Blizzcon
Patch 4.3 Preview: Void Storage
Originally Posted by Blizzard
(Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
For quite some time now, players have been asking for a location in which to store important keepsakes including treasured armor sets, unique quest rewards, and gifts from friends, as well as other valuable items they’ve collected on their journeys throughout Azeroth.
This is a feature we’ve wanted to add to the game for a while, so we’re excited to announce that, thanks to the ingenuity and entrepreneurship of the Ethereals, a new long-term storage option will soon be available to completionists and collectors alike.
In patch 4.3, characters of all levels will be able to take advantage of a new technology known as “Void Storage”, which will open up 80 slots of long-term storage space. Void Storage vaults will be available in both Stormwind and Orgrimmar and can be accessed simply by speaking with your local Vaultkeeper.
A variety of items can be placed into Void Storage — including soulbound items and Battle.net Account Bound items — making it the perfect location to store trophies from past conquests, as well as armor you may want to hold onto for Transmogrification. So, if you’ve been looking for a good home for those old tier sets or your vanity holiday items, Void Storage is it! And it’s as easy to use as dragging and dropping.
In return for this unique service, the Ethereals will require a small fee for each item deposited into or withdrawn from their Void Storage apparatus. Multiple items can be added and removed at once, and the cost of each transaction will be display at the bottom of the screen, updating dynamically as you select additional items to deposit or withdraw. Once an item is placed into Void Storage, it can remain there indefinitely for no additional cost.
It’s important to note that the goal of Void Storage isn’t to be a second bank, but rather a place where players can safely store items they wish to keep for the life of the game, either for sentimental or aesthetic reasons. Since this particular storage option isn’t really intended for belongings that you’d use a regular basis (like your current set of raiding gear, for example), any item placed in Void Storage will be stripped of all its enhancements, including enchants, gems, sockets, and reforged stats. This will help us reduce the impact such storage can have on the game servers, and ultimately allows us to provide a lot of long-term storage space with minimal impact on everyone's play experience.
Bag Search: Find What You Need, When You Need It
Now, you might be thinking, “Alright, those Ethereals are pretty nifty, and having more storage is great! But what about actually being able to find what I own? Do you know how long I looked for that one stack of Papa Hummel’s Pet Biscuits? Like, a year. Okay, maybe 15 minutes. Either way, not even a tiny, delicious fat baby raptor is worth that kind of effort, and I love fat baby raptors.”
Never fear, fellow tiny-limbed-corpulent-dinosaur enthusiast! We’ve got you covered. In addition to Void Storage, we’re also adding a bag search feature in 4.3 that will allow players to search for items within their bags and bank space with just a few keystrokes.
Integrated directly into the bag and bank UI, this new search feature will be incredibly quick and easy to use. To find an item in one of your bags, in your character’s personal bank, guild bank, or Void Storage vault, you’ll simply type the name of the item — or a word in the item’s name — into a small search box located near the top of your main backpack and your open inventory will be filtered accordingly. Only the items that match the word or name you’ve entered will display, making it easier than ever to find exactly what you need, exactly when you need it.
Please keep in mind that both Void Storage and the upcoming bag search features are still in development, so their functionality may change before release. We’re very excited to be offering both of these inventory management features and will be providing more information as the development of patch 4.3 continues.
Curse Party at Blizzcon 2011!
On Friday, October 21st from 8 PM to 2 AM on the 2nd floor of the Hilton hotel next to the Anaheim Convention Center, Curse will be celebrating BlizzCon with fellow gamers and VIPs. The party will feature an open bar, swag, live DJ, giveaways, etc!
There will be several VIP’s in attendance including Felicia Day and several members from the cast of The Guild, several of your favorite WoW community members, bloggers, and more!
At this point I'm assume that most of you know The Guild but if you don't, here is the first episode of the fifth season.
I really look forward to this ! I don´t mind paying 1k to be able to clear my bank of all holiday items and all the saved raid loot Whats ever the cost to "deposit/withdraw" is I am sure it is not that much (I see no reason to withdraw any of it again anyway, but still wanna keep it, hehe)..... This will free up so much space for me, I would have payed ever more
This is a neat idea and all, but honestly I would just rather have a larger bank. Simply more convenient to have more item slots/slots for bags in my bank so I can access all my items all in one place. IMO.
Its absolutely great. I'm sure many players are going to regret the losses they've had to make in the last few expansions while waiting for this, but from now on these losses will not have to be made.
As for paying to deposit, its a good idea. From the sketchy impression I get of the implementation, they don't want too much put into storage. The cost just stops players from using it as a secondary bank. For my old gear I want to keep, it is well worth the price. Not to mention the natural advantage of gold sinks for the economy.
The other point I can see people complain about is the gems and enchants. But this is also completely reasonable from Blizzards point of view. If you store an item, they just have to store the ID, that is one integer number. As soon as you add 3 gems and an enchant you've got 4 integers to store. By stripping the improvements from your items they've reduced the amount of memory it'll take to store all the players crap by a factor of 4. Good for them, I have no complaints since we're reaping the rewards of having new storage space.
I'm kinda glad I'm not in much need for extra bank space... I might store a few things in Void Storage, but it'll be holiday items and old stuff that really serves no use other than, "Look what I have here!" and nostalgia. And somehow I imagine some pricing will be lowered, but who knows, personally, I don't care much.
I think they need to address the only thing that really matters. Can I open void storage on one server and put all my BoA gear in there, then open void storage on another server and have access to them. As it stands currently the BoA gear is actually BoAaR (and Realm). They keep dancing around it. Frustrating.
EDIT: Also, bag search? really? I don't even know what the default bag UI looks like and I have had a search bar for years because I use bagnon and bankstack.