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. Tchernobyl's Avatar
    Nothing new really to add from the article boubouille, you've covered all the information there. The only thing I'd say is that they state the new instances are "completely new areas", so not a rehash like ZG/ZA, or the example they used, AQ.
  1. seru's Avatar
    omgomgomgomg evil t5 warlock muahahaha, shark warriorz and shiny t3 druidz yummmmmm

    edit: also next exp planned 03/06 of 2012 as on leaked schedule, no surprises
  1. Fool's Avatar
    The Abyssal Maw dungeon is gone for the moment, the storyline wasn't convincing enough/fitting. ahaha, like they really give a shit about that, it was too much work, hence they ditched it
  1. flashur's Avatar
    War of the ancients raid was the thing I was looking forward to most as a bit of a Lore Geek. A bit gutted that it won't happen
  1. TheEaterofSouls's Avatar
    I must farm for T5 priest armor and fast!
  1. reve's Avatar
    I really get mixed feelings.
    - the appearance is awesome but in PvP one will be fucked...
    - 4.3 being Deathwing so the patch comes out like nov/dec 2011 and next expansion a year after? It better have 40 bosses...
    - New 5mans - awesome. Those in ICC were great too. However I hope they add normal/heroic version and the HC one is really tuned for like 375+ people.
  1. Azalu's Avatar
    Time for some T6 raid farming
  1. killersdw's Avatar
    This will be so retarded so we get an expansion that lasts for Wat 1 year??? if this is the last patch Cata will get then i will recall all the bad words that i ever said about Wotlk .
    The best mmo on the market is starting to look like a god damn joke.
  1. Nasriel's Avatar
    OMG OMG OMG!!!! new 5 mans! HECK YEAH! T12 that I can make look like my T6.... HECK YEAH! Killing Deathwing... HECK YEAH! my only hope is that none of the new 5mans is rehashed content like a redone Kara or something like that
  1. haxs101's Avatar
    OMFG! This is going to be the best thing to ever come to world of warcraft!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  1. nairobi13's Avatar
    Best patch !!!!
  1. Dorfus's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Lichiz View Post
    WTF IS THIS SHIT? This is it. I've been faithfull tpo your shitty game for 6 years now and this goes too far. Subscription cancelled!

  1. Solitare-sp's Avatar
    First dibs on http://www.wowhead.com/item=24361/sp...rd#screenshots as my weapon..(seeing as no one has : http://www.wowhead.com/item=1728/tee...sword#comments)
  1. Revengica's Avatar
    I'm really not too surprised about the Deathwing raid being here...timing made sense. Personally, I am glad to see these new features. Maybe they're finally listening
  1. Eileana's Avatar
    I somehow hope that there will be something bout Garrosh (as villain?) in the patch after deathwing. Or maybe another Ruby Sanctum.
  1. tipzi's Avatar
    Me don't wan't tooo SOOON DON'T , :MAKE IT STOP
  1. crosmaker's Avatar
    there are more comments the very moment i try to post this one, i hope i'm not mentioning something already said but:
    Welche Gegenstände dort eingelagert werden können, wieviel ein Bankfach dort kosten wird und ob diese Gegenstände dann auch den anderen Charakteren des Spielers zur Verfügung stehen, dass wird in der nächsten Zeit noch entschieden werden.
    In the near future we have to decide how many items can be stored, how much a banktab will cost and wether those items will be available for other characters of the player.
  1. Dundebuns's Avatar
    So 2 of their previous raid ideas are either gone or now 5 mans. For content this expansion has been utter tripe. If they do not make the Deathwing instance amazing, and not a collection of 7 bosses that feature incredibly frustrating mechanics, then Cataclysm will have failed.
  1. Azalu's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Nasriel View Post
    OMG OMG OMG!!!! new 5 mans! HECK YEAH! T12 that I can make look like my T6.... HECK YEAH! Killing Deathwing... HECK YEAH! my only hope is that none of the new 5mans is rehashed content like a redone Kara or something like that
    Highly likely the 5-mans are gonna be directly tied into the Deathwing raid. Like FoS, PoS and HoR were tied to LK
  1. Bad Revan's Avatar
    Oh, just wow. War of the Ancients raid was something that could have been amazingly awesome. These news just made me lose any enthusiasm I had left for the game.

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