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Legion - Dev Interviews
There are a few more interviews from the Legion Summit that we didn't get in our first pass.

  • The team can't give us details on Thal'dranath (Millenium)
  • Wrathion probably won't be appearing in Legion at release (Blizzplanet)

Kotaku

Kotaku had the chance to talk to Tom Chilton and Chris Robinson.

Development
  • The lack of content in Warlords was in part due to the team thinking that Legion would be ready sooner.
  • The development team has grown, but the larger team was able to produce more content rather than produce content faster.
  • There are 235 people on the World of Warcraft development team now, including artists, designers, engineers, and producers.
  • In Warlords development, the new character models were a significant pressure for the character art team.
  • For Legion, the updated combat animations are a significant pressure for the animation team.

Ship Expansion
  • The team has talked about doing a ship-oriented expansion internally several times.
  • You could get a boat, upgrade it, sail around to places.
  • There would be lots of tech and art challenges.
  • Delivering an expansion like that while keeping the core gameplay is a significant challenge.

The Starting Zone

The Starting Zone had the opportunity to do a few different interviews.

Misc
  • If you play for 1 - 2 hours you would get as much Artifact Power as you would from 10 - 12 hours of gameplay at a certain Artifact Knowledge level.

Pre-Expansion Patch and Release
  • The pre-expansion patch has lots of new technology the team will be testing.
  • The game will automatically create new instances in an intelligent way.
  • If you are near your friends, both of you will be in the same instance and you won't be able to tell anything happened.
  • There shouldn't be any stutter when this happens or queues to log in in and play.
  • This process was more manual during the Warlords launch.
  • The team has tried to identify every bottleneck people might come across when questing at launch so that there is no standing in line to finish a quest.

Scaling Leveling Zones
  • The team will take a look at how the leveling zones scaling works out in Legion and see if it would work out well on older zones.
  • Scaling might look like grouping the zones so that not every single zone scales for the full range of levels. There are many different ways it could be implemented with older content.

Story and Lore
  • The Illidan story never felt wrapped up. The team felt that there was more story to tell and a greater destiny.
  • The team often talked about what Illidan was doing at Black Temple and the motivations behind his actions.
  • The Burning Legion story has to continually escalate and it has been a long time since they invaded Azeroth.
  • The changes in the faction leader stories in Legion came from it being time for a change.
  • Anduin is going to have one of the more compelling stories in World of Warcraft.
  • The Legion is an enemy that can't be reasoned with. There is no common ground.

Legion Media
  • There will be four free comics related to Legion, touching on different aspects of the expansion.
  • One focuses on Anduin and dealing with learning the news about his father.
  • Another comic focuses on a King Magni story.
  • There will also be an audio drama released before Legion (hopefully) that focuses on the events leading up to the opening cinematic.


The Demons Arrive - Cinematic Cut
A short cut from the cinematic set to different music was released this week. It shows in the previews in select theaters.



Warcraft Movie Set Tours
Two videos that cover parts of the movie set were released.



Warcraft Movie - Box Office Update
The Warcraft Movie continues to do well internationally, with Deadline posting updated numbers:

  • Warcraft estimates have been revised downwards to a $25.7M opening weekend.
  • China is up to $145M so far, with the potential to hit $200M-$250M.
  • Deadline claims the movie needs $500M globally to break even.
  • It will probably be a few weeks until we know more if the director's cut will be a possibility.


Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Professions
I've been hearing that you need 300 profession skill to proc profession world quests, intended for release?
Yes, this is intended. Otherwise, it becomes too easy to switch professions daily to earn more world quest rewards. (WarcraftDevs)

Pets and Pet Battles
Are the battle pets obtained from the Order Halls intended to be non-tradable?
Yes, hardcore battle pet collectors will need to alt it up to complete their collections. (Muffinus)
Are you serious? Pls reconsider this. No other activity in this game isnt doable with 1 char
Fully completing many account-wide collections (transmog, achieves, mounts) require alts. (Muffinus)
but this require a lvl 98 alt for every class and the artifacts system isn't Alt friendly
Not every class has a pet associated, nor do they generally require full OH progression. (Muffinus)

Reputation / Questing
Suramar looks incredible. Having to farm mana to do quests.. not so much. Not looking forward to launch week/month with this.
We are still working on tuning incoming and costs related to Ancient Mana. Any pain points you've noticed so far? (WarcraftDevs)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Just curious, are the people on stage at Blizzcon for example actually programmers or just the idea guys?
Very few studios employ someone just as an idea guy. Even designers have to do work at the keyboard. (OccupyGStreet)
I'd definitely like being an 'idea guy', what do you 'do at your keyboard', Greg?
Design docs, scripting, hooking up art, changing data tables. A lot of email of course. (OccupyGStreet)
I'd ask about those things in greater detail but that would be a bit much outside of DMs, etc. What sort of scripting?
A lot of mechanics design on WoW and LoL (and doubtless many games) are scripted. (OccupyGStreet)
If you want to boost damage or damage coefficients, you can do that in an editor. (OccupyGStreet)
If you want to special case anything (e.g. bonus damage, set bonuses, weird interactions) you script in a language like lua. (OccupyGStreet)
Design isn't telling engineers how things should be. (OccupyGStreet)
It is trying to get shit to work and then going to engineers for help when you can't make it work. (OccupyGStreet)



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This article was originally published in forum thread: Legion - Dev Interviews, Movie Update, The Demons Arrive, Tweets, Disc Preist Preview started by chaud View original post
Comments 83 Comments
  1. Eleccybubb's Avatar
    "It turns out with a larger team they were able to produce more content rather than produce content faster."

    So it's taken them how long to figure that shit out?
  1. TheWindWalker's Avatar
    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    Wrathion won't be appearing in Legion (Blizzplanet)
    Yeah... that's not true.
  1. Guzzed's Avatar
    Wrathion not in Legion? Lol what a joke. Introduced a major character via MoP Legendary questline and he is barely seen.
  1. Korru's Avatar
    "The lack of content in Warlords was in part due to the team thinking that Legion would be ready sooner."

    wat

    I think they just wanted to be done with Warlords.
  1. Gloriandus's Avatar
    Isn't Wrathion part of the prot warrior artifact quest?
  1. Tygera's Avatar
    Black Template!
  1. Paula Deen's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by chaud View Post
    The team has tried to identify every bottleneck people might come across when questing at launch so that there is no standing in line to finish a quest.
    /c interact khadgar
  1. Ersula's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Guzzed View Post
    Wrathion not in Legion? Lol what a joke. Introduced a major character via MoP Legendary questline and he is barely seen.
    Wrathion won't appear in Legion
    Uh... Wrathion does appear in Legion. He's a quest giver in Highmountain. This is either an instance of Blizzplanet totally failing at journalism, or one Dev not knowing what the other zone designers are doing.
  1. Cuetlachtli's Avatar
    "The changes in the faction leader stories in Legion came from it being time for a change."

    Really?! Vol'jin barely got to do anything! WTF?!
  1. Korkk's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by TheWindWalker View Post
    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    Wrathion won't be appearing in Legion (Blizzplanet)
    Yeah... that's not true.
    They removed him in the last beta build. He no longer shows up.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ersula View Post
    Uh... Wrathion does appear in Legion. He's a quest giver in Highmountain. This is either an instance of Blizzplanet totally failing at journalism, or one Dev not knowing what the other zone designers are doing.
    Or a case of a player not being up to date on the current state of the beta, and talking out their butt.
  1. Paula Deen's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Cuetlachtli View Post
    "The changes in the faction leader stories in Legion came from it being time for a change."

    Really?! Vol'jin barely got to do anything! WTF?!
    Wait? You actually think he is dead?
  1. Filipse's Avatar
    The development team has grown, but the larger team was able to produce more content rather than produce content faster.
    O'rly? ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) up to evidence, it realy doesnt look like WoD had any increases on part on anything, and Legion while it has more than WoD in Dungeons at Launch still has less than any prior to WoD, Legion has NO NEW Battlegrounds, and is forcibly pushing As(s)hran on us again, it might be good, it might be bad, but honestly saying that they were able to produce more content is an outright lie, when Vanilla and TBC was made by like 40-50 people, and objectively interms of ammount no Expansion has even gotten close to either of those in ammount of content.
  1. Cripster's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Paula Deen View Post
    Wait? You actually think he is dead?
    Spoilers: What makes you think he isn't? He was given virtually no dialogue during the broken isles event to play down his character's importance and then we watch his body get burnt.
  1. beanman12345's Avatar
    no wrathion? Well that's dissappointing. I quite like him, but, I guess i get it. So many characters in this expac, he'd get lost in the shuffle.
  1. Kellorion's Avatar
    Wrathion being there, somewhere like Dalaran only makes complete sense. Like some sort of War Council, or being at a funeral. Or 2.
  1. Soeroah's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ersula View Post
    Uh... Wrathion does appear in Legion. He's a quest giver in Highmountain. This is either an instance of Blizzplanet totally failing at journalism, or one Dev not knowing what the other zone designers are doing.
    I just did the leveling story experience through Highmountain and there was no hint of him. Unless it's a max-level quest, he's not there anymore.
  1. Shudder's Avatar
    25 million? So the movie flopped. Shocking.
  1. Kanariya's Avatar
    Makes zero sense for Wrathion to not appear in Legion but okay.
  1. Monketron's Avatar
    They built Wrathion up to be a major lore character, unsure which side he's really on, then totally ignore him in WoD (bar the briefest of mentions in some text in Spires of Arak) and now totally ignored in Legion too? Talk about dropping the ball. Why bother? I have a feeling they'll totally ignore Yrel from now on too.
  1. Masser's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Shudder View Post
    25 million? So the movie flopped. Shocking.
    287 million so far. definitely not a flop.

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