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. Madkitty's Avatar
    Transmogrifier will be interesting.
    However at the same time a very bad idea.
    Future gear will look worse than you can imagine, if you don't like it transmorifier it, no more evolving of gear.

    But time to look at what im going to have to wear. Between T5 and T6 for the druid looking gear. Or some of the obscure pieces from the low levels.
  1. Ryme's Avatar
    So now everyone is going to run in the same tier forever more Every paladin in tier 2 and every warlock in tier 5 etc.
  1. bethofwow's Avatar
    Given how epic this patch seems to sound, I'm betting we won't be seeing it live until at least December.
  1. Sting's Avatar
    Hah! Good thing I have the whole Wrath tier + elementium bulwark + thunderfury ready to go! I even have dragon's blood cape to go with it
  1. Blooddeity's Avatar
    So in short Tom Chilton just said this to all of the WoW comunity. "Hi I am Kalgan, and I just wanted to say that Patch 4.3 will be Deathwing + 3 Heroics, ok this expansion is over thank you for your money and bye bye."
  1. Altaria's Avatar
    Finally we saw an intellegent decision from the blizzard. RP realms will love it
  1. Toffie's Avatar
    thaaaaaaaaank yyyyyyyyyoooooooooouuuuuu blizzard juuuuuuhuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
  1. Nisala's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by killersdw View Post
    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.
    How on earth does an expansion "only" lasting a year equate to a bad expansion? Since when was a long time span a necessary condition of a good expansion? The only "god damn joke" appears to be your stance at the moment - since you've failed to substantiate it in any meaningful way.
  1. angael's Avatar
    Here I come T6... really hope he don't have to already own though.. >>
  1. Wizzlecrank's Avatar
    Finally, all my hard work farming old instances since wrath on my dk will pay off. I wonder how it will exactly work, do you have to have the gear on you? That would break my heart because I sold my blue dk set when I first started, didn't get the urge to collect gear till much later on. I doubt they will have a feature that tracks gear you have looted from the first time you created your character. Will weapons be available to change? It seems kind of odd to only say armor and not weapons. Please say we can use weapons.... I would probably switch to 2hfrost just so I could use my blue runeblade model. Or actually I would just use the old ZG swords which changed to daggers for no reason!How is the bank going to work? Gold sink? Is this going to be a premium service? MUST HAVE ANSWERS
  1. Rocheku's Avatar
    FUCK YES. FUCK YES. FUCK YES.I almost jumped out of my window out of enjoyment for the Transmogrifier info. This is gonna be fucking epic. Mix and matching armor I don't suppose it will cover weapons aswell, but we'll see. Atleast this is a huge step in the right direction to increase character costumization and decrease fucking clones all over the place.
  1. Hey's Avatar
    guess they're skipping the ToC style raid
  1. invader's Avatar
    thank god for that, cataclysm is nearly over, big pile of shit as its been.. roll on new and better xpac with even more unbalancedness and major QQ and never ending nerfs, oh the joy
  1. lollze's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Fool View Post
    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
    Yeah, it was too much work, that's why they're making 3, count em, THREE other new instances. And a raid.
    You're such a fucking clueless tool.
  1. Kasherna's Avatar
    Option to change the appearance of any armor piece on you is great, but what about belts and boots that fits the tier?
  1. Ryme's Avatar
    Really, they should've just added dyes, this way we get to get evolving gear but use an ounce of sense to correct the designer's horrible colour choices.
  1. Majad's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Solitare-sp View Post
    "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!)" .... i would put my weapon as val'anyr if it was possible <3
  1. Wishblade's Avatar
    Raid: Awh, looked forward to War of the Ancients, but oh well, as long as it's epic.Dungeons: Considering one is in the Caverns of Time maybe that's where WotA is... We'll see.Transmogrifier: Well... guess it's time to see if there are any sets I'd use...Rest of patch: Make it epic, Blizz! =)
  1. baldcore's Avatar
    Im starting question if this is really real or just another fake pulled off by a fan site to get some free publicity. If a blue confirms it and we get details than that definately makes it certain that its real but Im still getting a sneaky suspicion that this news is all fake. They use just enough suggestions that seem plausible to make it happen but then they throw in some bs just to see if people will swallow it. If that is the case than my suggestion is to post this up on the main page if this proves to be false. That way people will know for certain that they have indeed been duped. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qKcJF4fOPs
  1. korvmoj's Avatar
    No matter what Blizzard does, people will never ever ever ever ever be satisfied.

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