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. Puremallace's Avatar
    ummmm obvious and you guys better hope they did not going the Aion route with the ward drobe guy. If it does what I think it does it actually destroys the piece you used to customize your current piece. That did not go over very well with people in Aion and led to some big time issues.
  1. kojinshugi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by randomone05 View Post
    hurray! more rushed content! rejoice!
    Wait, what, rushed? This is probably coming out november/decemberish, and will probably last at least 6 months until the next xpac.

    Are you smoking crack? Since when do we think Blizzard RUSHES content?
  1. Crashdummy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by stabbingju View Post
    There is the full translation of the article on the website.
    You must be kidding, if i didnt hate Cata so much i would go around in my shaman and my warrior with t6 lookings... Ounslaught and skyshatter were two of the best looking gear of all.
  1. Sarithor's Avatar
    First time I've been excited for a WoW patch in years. However, I the transmogrifier thing could lead to even worse tier and pvp gear deigns because they know less people will be wearing them...
  1. bullseyed's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Terfah View Post
    What is up with people yelling it's a short expansion. These are just announcements as far as I know and there isn't even a release date for 4.3, neither do we know for how long they are gonna go with 4.3 before they release the next expansion. Let's 4.2 stays for 6 months, and 4.3 as well. Then you will still have an expansion with the timespan of a bit more then 1.5 years. Which isn't that much shorter as WOTLK. Woohoo for Void Storage though, I'm gonna get so much space in my bank now.
    Can't tell if troll or bad at math... if the expansion is 1.5 years, that is 25% less than last expansion. And I think we'd all be in favor of that if we had the same number of raids/bosses compressed into less time, but they cut the bosses by a significant amount so far.I for one feel cheated this expansion. I bought it expecting to pay $15 a month for 4 tiers plus a holdover instance spaced reasonably in time, just like every other expansion so far. What we appear to be getting is a 3 tier expansion. This change, without front end communication, is boardline fraud in the ethical sense (not the legal sense, I'm sure).Blizzard promised (omg he said promised. announcements at Blizzcon should be treated as formal press releases, so yes, promised) that Cata would have more content and content would be released at a faster rate. So far we are getting less content and more spaced out. It is no wonder that Blizzard is losing millions of customers. They treat all of their customers extremely poorly.
  1. Elmsword's Avatar
    Really don't want to have to farm old gear again, especially with today's greedy pug mentality, so you better not have to own the gear first. Other than that, this is looking to be a very nice patch.
  1. Granyala's Avatar
    ummmm obvious and you guys better hope they did not going the Aion route with the ward drobe guy. If it does what I think it does it actually destroys the piece you used to customize your current piece. That did not go over very well with people in Aion and led to some big time issues.
    Yep the destroying part sucked HARD...
  1. NightwolfZed's Avatar
    Mh, i guess they realised that Cataclysm did'nt had the Impact they wanted it to have and now they're going to get the whole thing over fast. Not a bad Descision. Let's just hope, they're changing their Mindset with the next Expansion. Less standing around in Stormwind, waiting for Things to happen, more Stuff to do in the World. Standing around, clicking Buttons and waiting for some Window to pop up really hurt WoW. But damn, Transmogrifier + 3 new 5-Mans sounds awesome to me. I would be happy if WotA is a 5-Man. I don't raid and so i could experience it, too.
  1. Baikalsan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sarithor View Post
    First time I've been excited for a WoW patch in years. However, I the transmogrifier thing could lead to even worse tier and pvp gear deigns because they know less people will be wearing them...
    People mostly ride the new mounts..........
  1. velghus's Avatar
    I'm sorry if this sounds nubbish, but what exactly would the war of the ancients raid contain?
  1. Geru's Avatar
    So, What I can do is to make my imba tier whatnotgear look like im level 10?
  1. Onaturi's Avatar
    Black mageweave leggings and Azure silk vest on my bloodelf.
  1. Notarget's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Fryx View Post
    They just destroyed the whole game with that Transmogrifier....
    Care to explain why?
  1. SheepHunter's Avatar
    Ok, PvE gets alot of love, but what happed to PvP? Can you Transmogrifier the pvp gear? No new BG? No new arena? What the hell blizzard.
  1. lizon's Avatar
    I do not approve of Deathwing. Too soon imo. We need at least 1 more raid tier between now and Deathwing. Plus the fact that we would get Deathwing within 1 year of the expansion hitting. That seems a bit fast.
  1. Butler Log's Avatar
    translation incoming
  1. mordale's Avatar
    so, looks like we will be doing the same thing to DW what ended up happening to illidan.
    the "a new challenger appears" type of deal.
  1. Smetz's Avatar
    I rather have 1 year expasion instead of 1 year of ICC type of content
  1. Grimbold of Skullcrusher's Avatar
    Hmm hmm.. Sadface on cancelling Abbysal Maw... I love the Vash'jir storyline :-/ I want to know what happened with Neptulon, Ozumat...
  1. Disciple's Avatar
    I left WoW 6 months ago and started playing Lord Of The Rings Online, which has been using a Wardrobe system (a better system than this) for a long time. It's another great idea they're ripping from another MMO to try and claw people back.

    I don't blame them. It's a fantastic idea. All they need to do now is do a bit of texture redesigning to allow for dyes, and have vendor bought (or even store-bought) cosmetic items that players can use to change their armor. High level players will have the best choice of equipment, but lower level players will be able to customise their characters to look less, erm...levelley. RPers are literally going to cream themselves.

    It's a new feature that still doesn't save a well meaning but terribly implemented expansion though and it's still not enough to tempt me back. I find the community on LOTRO to be far friendlier and more helpful, and it's doing a lot of the stuff that WoW doesn't. Good thinking guys but for a lot of your lost subscriptions it's too little, too late.

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