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
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  1. bullseyed's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dalez View Post
    So people complained that Wotlk was long, so they shorten this x-pack to compensate that, and now people are complaining its too short. It will be around 1 and a half years our before the next x-pack is out, do you really want to have a 2 year x-pack? I don't.
    You can't be this stupid. I refuse to believe it. WotLK wasn't "too long" the content was stretched too thin. They shortened the time for Cata, but shortened the content by the same amount or more, meaning the time/content ratio is actually worse.
  1. Shamburger's Avatar
    I just feel sorry for the DK's that miss out on 6 tiers of options for armor. However.. Hell yes for Tier 6 Skyshatter set! Best armor in the game on a tauren.
  1. Medivh's Avatar
    Well...finally Deathwing then i can quit wow before next expansion
  1. Glaziola's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ashmanx View Post
    Tirion coming and saying "THERE MUST ALWAYS BE A DEATHWING" and puts on Deathwing's jaw.
    This wins O.o
  1. Mawnix's Avatar
    Wow. I'm impressed. This patch sounds promising. I screamed "HELL YES!" for the Armor Appearance change.
  1. geniebsmart's Avatar
    best patch evahhh
  1. Sternrage's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by bullseyed View Post
    I wouldn't consider this lots of love for PvE. It is a huge disappointment for PvE. They need a new BG style, the current ones are played out. Why make a new map of the same crap? I'd like to see an "oddball" style BG from Halo.
    actually since it isnt on the ptr yet I'd consider all of this to be unfinished. meaning that pvp might get a lot more, or nothing at all. same for range. but as of right now all this is blizz unofficially announcing it. remember blizzaard the people who say one thing and do another.
  1. VanishO2's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Pendraeg View Post
    I...don't get why this is so surprising. We're coming up on t13. WotLK had 4 tiers, true, but Vanilla and TBC both had 3.

    I think the problem they have is actually the fact that they've tried to inflate content with hard modes. This has caused them two problems.

    Number one is loss of interest in the player base because of lack of content, this is exemplified in 4.2, which is the second smallest raid tier/content patch ever, but number two is actually a technical problem.

    With Hardmodes, you see a more rapid climb in statistics with a smaller amount of content possible.
    Vanilla didn't have arena seasons, patches stayed for more time instead of 4-6months only. Same for TBC, except that it had arena in the middle of it's existence (promoting sunwell "tier").

    WotLK was all about arena seasons, so the normal expansion life time didn't fit the arena season schedule, creating 4 tiers instead of the usual 3. Now they're probably set cataclysm to be exactly the same life time as 3 arena seasons, so, it's ending that fast.

    But lets face one last true reason for such low lifetime. They earn tons of $$ with xpacs, not with content patches. The best thing to keep WoW in the news is releasing xpacs, since they change the game a lot (while content patches don't), keepping it on the news and in the consumers heads. Forums go crazy, fan sites go crazy, gaming sites go crazy... best thing ever to fight other games.
  1. Solitare-sp's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by messi4h View Post
    classic hat aq40 plus aq20 and zg
    tbc had karazhan and za

    EDIT: Quoted the wrong guy
    Eh wot? TBC had T4, T5, T6 + Sunwell.
  1. zaneosak's Avatar
    Last patch of the expac? Jesus that went fast..... underwhelming to say the least.
  1. crimsonhead's Avatar
    INB4 rogues running around with glaives

    but yes, as a lock, I cannot wait for T5, and I have to say my interest in this game is waning and I am counting down the days till SWTOR UNLESS WoW really blows me away...like fo real, this re-hashed content has got to stop, re-hashed bosses have to stop.

    I know, I am crazy, asking for something new, but if we could at least get Deathwing-Esque-Themed 5-mans (like someone said earlier with LK and those 5 mans) that would be cool, maybe help Neltharian in his human form collect the pieces for the dragon soul from the aspects in CoT or something.

    Blizzard has laid out a path, they need to walk the straight line and give us, the players, the buyers, content that we can say we are happy to pay for. If I wanted to walk blindly around giving $15 to someone, I at least deserve a happy ending.
  1. Hellfury's Avatar
    Own the armor isnt a bad idea, it makes so you will have to go to old dungeons to farm it, it isnt a big deal, most stuff can be easly 2 maned
  1. Nosferato's Avatar
    hmm seems we got more conctent with wotlk, also goving 7 bosses with firelands and no more seperate 10/25 man made the content much smaller the last 4.3 better be more than 7 bosses in deathwing raid and filled with lore and a twist as so far cata has just lacked it all, else this expansion will be a failure, they scrapped abyssal maw raid and neptulon abducted by asumath gives a pretty big hole in that story, war of the ancients becomes maybe a 5 man is also kick in the groin as it could have been the most epic raid in this expansion like wotlks ulduar wich cata hasnt been close to, as for the transmogrif does it only work on armor? or can i as a rogue walk around with warglaives, but it also raises the question of later tiers will they be given the same amount of quality. maybe they rush it so rogues actually get the makeover they where supposed to get in cata.
  1. gravity00's Avatar
    Dam, I deleted all my T6 gear from my druid in WotLK... dam...
  1. VanishO2's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by bullseyed View Post
    I wouldn't consider this lots of love for PvE. It is a huge disappointment for PvE. They need a new BG style, the current ones are played out. Why make a new map of the same crap? I'd like to see an "oddball" style BG from Halo.
    I'd like to see cataclysm having an impact on BGs too.

    The world changed, political changes and all but BGs didn't.
  1. bullseyed's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by valcrist View Post
    Why are people bitching? Get hopefully an Epic Raid, 3 new dungeons and actual added in features like armor changing and a new storage. Blizzard cant seem to please anyone can they.. For years people bitched about look of armor or not being able to change it blah blah and they finally decide to something about it and people just complain. Though i was not expecting Deathwing so Early, i was totally expecting 4.4 to be deathwing.. That means incoming Expansion announcement this Blizzcon.. Oh and i dont know why people are saying rushed content if you read about the financial call 4.3 inst even sched to come out tell the end of the year i wouldn't really call that rushed..
    They canceled half the bosses for T12 and canceled all of T13 to skip right to T14. Rushed.
  1. Crashdummy's Avatar
    With some luck this means that this crappy expansion is ending soon, and since one developer said that their intention was to flip between one expansion to casual -> one expansion to elitists -> repeat, we will have some good content in the next one like we had in Wrath instead of this crap made to elitists (that arent even happy with it either).

    Let the current normal raids PUGs come back.
  1. thunderdragon2's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dalez View Post
    So people complained that Wotlk was long, so they shorten this x-pack to compensate that, and now people are complaining its too short. It will be around 1 and a half years our before the next x-pack is out, do you really want to have a 2 year x-pack? I don't.
    erm we complained anbout how long icc was out for with no other raid on thow long woltk was
  1. castro732's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by esmifra View Post
    I think that we will see deathwing but 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.
    Im pretty sure that I read sometime in the beggining of the expansion that the Deathwing raid was not going to be the final raid, like Lich King's was.
  1. Crashdummy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hellsaimed View Post
    I hope we get to see Grom Hellscream in the Caverns of Time instance
    Off topipc: I hope we get to see Garrosh kicked out of the Warchief seat.

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