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. Gurbz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by huldu View Post
    Another disappointing day in WoW... So basically you just borrowed some ideas from other mmo's yet again... while adding nothing new.
    Putting in a feature that the community has been asking for since before most of those other MMOs were even announced it totally stealing ideas.
  1. pvpete's Avatar
    *BRB, changing underwear* Lol. Anyways, It turns out that we were in fact right about this appearance tab!!! We may have been wrong about the Void storage, but I think most people won't mind since we just got an awesome new feature anyways! But Deathwing raid already? seems a little too soon, but I am happy about CoT not getting scrapped, Abyssal Maw didn't seem very interesting anyways, we already got Throne of the Tides. I hope the other 2 instances aren't remakes of old content (Except for Karazhan, that's the only raid I wanna see rehashed XD). I thought we would have a filler patch like 4.1, then maybe 4.4 being Deathwing. Nevertheless, I'm happy with their decision, finally I can make my druid look like what he looks like in my signature! No more looking like a dorky rogue/mage in game!
  1. Mykk's Avatar
    i want my caverns of time - war of the ancients raid not freaking DW ;(
  1. Meldon's Avatar
    Am I the only one that think that this should be expected ? They are losing customers -> they release Deathwing before time -> they can release a new expansion and milk customers 50 € -> they make up for the 900k lost subscribers.

    Edit: god damn them, They have the time to create a "void storage" system, and there isn't a single game artist that can restyle the Moonkin form ?
  1. Tal72's Avatar
    This might make Cataclysm a decent expac. LFR tool will probably be filled with trolls but then again, raiding in a guild is the way to go.
  1. docwyrick's Avatar
    I knew it! I told all of you way back during beta that transmogrification and deathwing would be 4.3!
  1. mvaliz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Gurbz View Post
    Putting in a feature that the community has been asking for since before most of those other MMOs were even announced it totally stealing ideas.

    Good god man! Everquest 2 had an appearance Tab!!!

    They were asking for it because it was in EVERY OTHER GAME!

    Hell man, dye tubs to change the color of your armor are in every game too since friggin' Ultima Online - and Blizzard STILL doesn't allow you to change the color! >_<
  1. Joenanners's Avatar
    My troll senses a tingling
  1. mvaliz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by docwyrick View Post
    I knew it! I told all of you way back during beta that transmogrification and deathwing would be 4.3!
    Yes, many people did...

    The problem is, umm, we thought Blizzard was smart. =/
  1. docwyrick's Avatar
    Oh and hellboar carving blade skin for all weapons!
  1. homerunhomer's Avatar
    "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." Thank goodness for that. Was thinking I would never see it (should be in basic training next year if anyone cares). But Transmogrifier? I CAN START PREPARING!
  1. vass23's Avatar
    If 4.3 is the last patch of this expansion then the blizzard road map tht was released a couple of months is becoming more real. They released WOW in Brazil like they said they would. Now they plan to release Xpac #4 in 2012 Q2 which can be anywhere from March to June.This is awesome. Roadmap picture of you dont know what im talking about.
  1. moocowfrakmilk's Avatar
    And they said i was crazy for Keeping all my old tier sets...*Rubs hands gently over t2* yessssss moose horns at lassssssssst
  1. Chell82's Avatar
    Most fail expansion ever as far as content goes.... Was so looking forward to the CoT raid and yeah ofc bullshit excuses are no. 1 on the menu...
    This whole thing has just been 1 lame experiment.... pathetic content while addressing some crap things like this transmogr... whatever..
  1. Valrax's Avatar
    their going to release it in this year too....are they trying to get out of Cata as fast as they can because they know it is shit?
  1. Kokiron's Avatar
    T5 FOREVER, YAY. Also, lol @ everyone that's butthurt over the CoT instance not being a raid. They never, ever, at any point, not once, said "Yes it will be War of the Ancients, yes it will be a raid." It was all just a POSSIBILITY, a MAYBE, so go grab the Preparation H and calm down.
  1. Neganova'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.
    Same. Although I am absolutely stoked for this patch nonetheless.
  1. Malthurius's Avatar
    I'm so excited! I have no doubt we're going to see a tBC fake out now.
  1. masterprtzl's Avatar
    So, is anyone else more pissed about intrusive talking adds on the MMO-Champion page than the fact that this expansion is turning out to be the shortest and worst expansion ever (just imo)
  1. ciaro's Avatar
    we, we, we so excited

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