Update - Added the translation of the original article, thanks to Treeston!

Patch 4.3 - Deathwing, Transmogrifier, Void Storage
Tom Chilton (Kalgan) answered a couple of questions from Gamona.de on Patch 4.3, and we got a bunch of very interesting news out of it. Patch 4.3 will feature:

  • New Raid - The Deathwing raid, making it very likely to be the last patch before the next expansion.
  • 3 new 5-man instances - Including one in the Caverns of Time. (War of the Ancients was mentioned as a cataclysm instance a few years ago, but a lot of things have changed since then, who knows!)
  • The Transmogrifier NPC, which will let you change the appearance of any armor piece on you, while retaining the stats of your current gear. (= T12 stats, but with the Tier 2 look!)
  • Players won't be able to change the appearance of their armor into another armor type or class armor set, and you might have to own the armor before you can use it to swap the appearance of your existing armor.
  • The Void Storage is a new type of bank where players will be able to store their old armors in order to free up space in their regular bank.
  • The Abyssal Maw dungeon is gone for the moment, the storyline wasn't convincing enough/fitting.

If someone feels like adding information or even translating the article completely, post in comments!

Translation of the original article on gamona.de
We're at GamesCon in Cologne, Germany, and just did an interview with Tom Chilton, Lead Game Developer and Chris Robinson, Lead Art Director, in which they revealed a lot of details regarding patch 4.3 - and it seems that the announcement of it being huge was no joke:

Patch 4.3 will bring us the Deathwing raid instance! This means it's likely that we'll be able to fight the Aspect of Death in an epic encounter within this year. The raid that was originally expected for this patch, the "Abyssal Maw", was cut from the schedule because, as Chilton states, the setting and the story were not convincing enough.

Furthermore, 4.3 will also bring three entirely new 5-man instances - Chilton assured us that these won't contain any re-vamped content, but instead be brand new with unique design and models. Chilton also hinted at one of those being within the Caverns of Time, allowing players to experience another great moment of Warcraft Lore first-hand.

The interview also revealed the purpose of the "mystery ethereals" in Stormwind (and likely other cities, too). The "Transmogrifier" NPC will allow players to change the displayed model of equipment to that of another item while keeping the original attributes: Transmogrification is only possible within an armor class - Plate armor can only assume the looks of other Plate armor, for example.
  • Class restrictions apply to Transmogrification - Warriors cannot transmogrify their armor to look like Death Knight tier sets.
  • The developers are considering whether they should only allow using the models of equipment that has already been obtained

The "Void Storage" is a very large bank-esque storage which allows old equipment to be stored, freeing up inventory/bank slots for players. The developers aren't sure yet about the definition of "old equipment". The cost of the storage (and whether there even is one) is another thing that is not yet decided

Another possible feature that was hinted at is the possibility of "void stored" equipment being available to other characters on the account (NOTE: That part might be speculation from Gamona, not cross-server transfers actually confirmed. Hard to tell.)

Overall, it seems that we've got a huge patch ahead of us - a new raid, three brand new instances, Transmogrification and Void Storage.

This article was originally published in forum thread: Patch 4.3 - Deathwing, Transmogrifier, Void Storage started by Boubouille View original post
Comments 493 Comments
  1. vizzle's Avatar
    Does every idiot have to say FIRST!!! like nobody can see that they are, indeed, first? And about time.
    It's tradition, stop hating. You're just mad that you were second. :P
  1. Mortimer's Avatar
    My beloved Thunderheart, we shall be united once again! :3 No more looking like the offspring of a Rogue and a resto Druid.
  1. xSaix's Avatar
    They're getting rid of abyssal maw? >:
  1. Radioactive Hobo's Avatar
    Bah, I'd been hoping that the next raid tier would be the War of the Ancients as a raid then Deathwing after that. I'm really happy with this Transmogrifier thingy though; definitely gonna be getting my paladin's old T2 set out and trying to get the T3/T7 set for my warlock.
  1. Glaziola's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by randomdonk View Post
    so this expansion will be insanely short ? interesting. Hope they will make up for it in pandaria
    Well they promised us faster expansions that might be the reason.
  1. Oneirophobia's Avatar
    Dungeon 1: Heroic Ragefire Chasm. Dungeon 2: Heroic Wailing Caverns. Dungeon 3: War of the Ancients. lulz.
  1. vizzle's Avatar
    I think that we will see death wing bout have my doubts about being the final encounter... A little like in ICC 5mans. We saw arthas but it wasn't the final patch. At least i hope. We will probably fight deathwing in War of the Ancients or something like that. It features deathwing but it wont the the deathwing raid.
    Even with Boubouille saying it is, on the front page of his site, and the only thing I can ever recall Boubouille ever being wrong about is a few release dates of patches, you still doubt? :X
  1. Strafer's Avatar
    Warlock T5 here I come.
  1. TheEaterofSouls's Avatar
    I so excited! 3 new 5man and DW. AP tab! New exp. is definately near. I just hope the transforming thing is free or the craziness of the forums might make me sick... liturally!(Ive got stress as it is.) tho it seems to be impossible given the info we got and the fact that its never been done before on npc'c.(So no worries)
  1. xSaix's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by vizzle View Post
    It's tradition, stop hating. You're just mad that you were second. :P
    It's tradition to be annoying and state the obvious? Well, live and let live I guess.

    Also seconding the rushed content comment.
  1. Eiffeltower's Avatar
    hmmmm tier 5 warlock is back ....
  1. Eixel's Avatar
    Wonder if we can change our PVP gear looks...
  1. vreid's Avatar
    "We're losing subscribers, do stuff, quick!"
  1. vizzle's Avatar
    It's tradition to be annoying and state the obvious? Well, live and let live I guess. Also seconding the rushed content comment.
    Stop being mad that you were second >.
  1. Ahrima's Avatar
    Wow, copying Guild Wars 2 before it even releases! Niiiice.
  1. Trynne's Avatar
    YES I'm going to be running around in Paladin Tier 3 (Maybe 2) the entire time!
  1. Bloodly's Avatar
    Void storage YEEEEAH! Been waiting for something like this! Unfortunately I have sold almost all my old gear, time to farm them back ^_^
  1. InfernalDark's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Icenine View Post
    I'm not going to lie. I'm extremely disappointed in the fact that WotA isn't going to be a raid. The concept behind it, along with the number of true lore-based boss possibilities, was making me giddy.

    Cataclysm been huge dissapointment so far.
  1. Bodraw's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by xSaix View Post
    They're getting rid of abyssal maw? >:
    They're getting rid of something that doesn't exist, yes.
  1. catalystical's Avatar
    abysmal maw will probably come back like zul aman in 4.4i don't mind if they broke it up into as a series of dungeons like the ice crown 5mans.

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