1. #17941
    Quote Originally Posted by Hitei View Post
    But that is both the opposite of ending ASAP (which would be just dumping the whole thing in one build so everyone can see it) and also isn't holding onto cards to try and get people to play the patch.
    They are keeping people invested in Warcraft week by week by dripfeeding leaks, as opposed to drumming up hype for the patch. It seems to me they have largely given up on trying to get a big crowd of subs for 9.2 and just want people to still care about the brand. Otherwise they would've hidden the campaign and encrypted models like Pelagos Arbiter.

    Shadowlands is mostly a lost cause so it checks out to me.

  2. #17942
    Quote Originally Posted by Raidlogger View Post
    They are keeping people invested in Warcraft week by week by dripfeeding leaks, as opposed to drumming up hype for the patch. It seems to me they have largely given up on trying to get a big crowd of subs for 9.2 and just want people to still care about the brand. Otherwise they would've hidden the campaign and encrypted models like Pelagos Arbiter.

    Shadowlands is mostly a lost cause so it checks out to me.
    I dunno, there are still a lot of things we do not know for certain which would be considered a massive reveal in-game. The location of Arthas and his fate for instance, what exactly the Jailer intends to do with Azeroth and what happens in the cinematic afterwards. And of course finally how this all leads into the next expansion.

    Pelagos being revealed as the new Arbiter is somewhat of a big twist, but for that one I think Blizzard realized that it would be difficult to properly hide, and secondly players wouldnt really care enough to warrant hiding it like they have for other important twists before, like Anduin being corrupted, or Sylvanas abandoning the Horde.
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  3. #17943
    Quote Originally Posted by Marlamin View Post
    Stiven thinks there might be a chance

    https://twitter.com/Stiven_SRB/statu...03147587031050
    I really hope... if they become playable, that t doesn't mean no Vrykul ever.

    You know, they use most of their animations.
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  4. #17944
    Quote Originally Posted by Alanar View Post
    I really hope... if they become playable, that t doesn't mean no Vrykul ever.

    You know, they use most of their animations.
    The biggest problem with Vrykul is the height and similarities to regular humans. Kul Tirans have the fat body type schtick/naval culture and Kyrian have their own culture/aesthetic while both are slightly bigger humans. (Kyrians are also more slender than regular Human men/more buff than regular Human women, providing them with another body type)

    I think Blizz is really just restricted by Vrykul height.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sondrelk View Post
    I dunno, there are still a lot of things we do not know for certain which would be considered a massive reveal in-game. The location of Arthas and his fate for instance, what exactly the Jailer intends to do with Azeroth and what happens in the cinematic afterwards. And of course finally how this all leads into the next expansion.

    Pelagos being revealed as the new Arbiter is somewhat of a big twist, but for that one I think Blizzard realized that it would be difficult to properly hide, and secondly players wouldnt really care enough to warrant hiding it like they have for other important twists before, like Anduin being corrupted, or Sylvanas abandoning the Horde.
    That's possible, but again it is odd that they are basically revealing everything that happens with Sylvanas and Tyrande. Arthas being encrypted makes sense though. Zovaal's plan is basically spelled out (drain Azeroth to power machine to unmake everything), only things left to be shown are his motivation and why he targets Azeroth specifically. Him having a Heart of Azeroth knockoff is VERY strange.

    Basically the only things encrypted are Arthas and the very very end of Zovaal's story (except his death, we've seen his corpse)
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  5. #17945
    Quote Originally Posted by Raidlogger View Post
    The biggest problem with Vrykul is the height and similarities to regular humans. Kul Tirans have the fat body type schtick/naval culture and Kyrian have their own culture/aesthetic while both are slightly bigger humans.

    I think Blizz is really just restricted by Vrykul height.

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    That's possible, but again it is odd that they are basically revealing everything that happens with Sylvanas and Tyrande. Arthas being encrypted makes sense though. Zovaal's plan is basically spelled out (drain Azeroth to power machine to unmake everything), only things left to be shown are his motivation and why he targets Azeroth specifically. Him having a Heart of Azeroth knockoff is VERY strange.

    Basically the only things encrypted are Arthas and the very very end of Zovaal's story (except his death, we've seen his corpse)
    They are hardly revealing anything though. We have several unconnected pieces of the puzzle that we assume we understand correctly. In this case the name of the final quest "Judgment", Sylvanas' voicelines regarding accepting said judgment and talks of wanting to find Nathanos, and now this animation of her jumping off something.

    Yes, it certainly doesnt take a genius to piece the bits together into something coherent, but that is very much a different case from Blizzard revealing Pelagos' new model, or if they had a model for Arthas we didnt see.

    If the judgment cinematic had been a proper prerendered one then we wouldnt know much of anything regarding this except maybe Sylvanas accepting Judgment and the name of the quest. Which is quite different from the myriad voicelines and evidence that Pelagos becomes the new Arbiter, from reforging the helmet, and his voicelines talking about becoming the Arbiter directly.
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  6. #17946
    Quote Originally Posted by Raidlogger View Post
    They are keeping people invested in Warcraft week by week by dripfeeding leaks, as opposed to drumming up hype for the patch. It seems to me they have largely given up on trying to get a big crowd of subs for 9.2 and just want people to still care about the brand. Otherwise they would've hidden the campaign and encrypted models like Pelagos Arbiter.

    Shadowlands is mostly a lost cause so it checks out to me.
    That makes absolutely no sense.

    If they've given up on Shadowlands and 9.2 being successful, there'd be no reason to drip feed bits of animation or dialogue to get people to care about the brand. People who don't care about an entire content patch aren't going to be invested in a jumping animation. There's no appreciable gain in generating hype that way.

    If they'd given up on Shadowlands/9.2 and wanted to drip feed leaks to get people to care about the brand, they'd be putting in little bits of 10.0 assets into each build. A grass asset, a weapon texture, a random string referring to quest completion progress a subzone not in Zereth Mortis. Tweet out concept art for an armor piece. Not individual bits of Sylvanas' fate, a thing that is wholly Shadowlands/9.2

  7. #17947
    Quote Originally Posted by Hitei View Post
    That makes absolutely no sense.

    If they've given up on Shadowlands and 9.2 being successful, there'd be no reason to drip feed bits of animation or dialogue to get people to care about the brand. People who don't care about an entire content patch aren't going to be invested in a jumping animation. There's no appreciable gain in generating hype that way
    People can be invested in Warcraft without playing the game. A ton of people aren't playing right now but absolutely want to keep up with the story. Drip feeding what happens to Sylvanas keeps people talking about the franchise without necessarily advertising the patch. Sylvanas extends beyond Shadowlands: Zovaal, Pelagos and the First Ones do not, so they don't care about just dropping that stuff into the files.

    They don't have to hint at 10.0, in fact them utterly refusing to do so implies they want a big reveal for it. But dripfeeding the Sylvanas story keeps people that may not be playing the game or may not have any interest in Zereth Mortis talking about Tyrande, Sylvanas and everything related to them.

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    I see more Zovaal complaining then anything related to Sylvanas(Except maybe wanting her accounted for that is). Also they hardly ever hide the story away(They should but not for the reasons said here).
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  9. #17949
    Quote Originally Posted by Dracullus View Post
    If she will be farming Stygia for eternity, people should be satisfied.
    Leader of the post-Jailer mawsworn is fitting.

    Putting a single person in charge of rescuing all the people wrongfully sent to the maw is pretty stupid though. Shouldn't the new Arbiter be in charge of fixing that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raidlogger View Post
    They don't have to hint at 10.0, in fact them utterly refusing to do so implies they want a big reveal for it. But dripfeeding the Sylvanas story keeps people that may not be playing the game or may not have any interest in Zereth Mortis talking about Tyrande, Sylvanas and everything related to them.
    I would have thought they put a big sign in Danuser's office that said "Stop killing off or banishing Warcraft 3 characters: They're the only wow characters people actually like" but apparently not.

  10. #17950
    Quote Originally Posted by Ersula View Post
    Leader of the post-Jailer mawsworn is fitting.

    Putting a single person in charge of rescuing all the people wrongfully sent to the maw is pretty stupid though. Shouldn't the new Arbiter be in charge of fixing that?
    Arbiter has a billion souls to route, two jobs would be too much.

    Sylvanas probably will just be tasked with sending them back to Oribos where Pelagos does his thing.

  11. #17951
    Quote Originally Posted by Raidlogger View Post
    Arbiter has a billion souls to route, two jobs would be too much.

    Sylvanas probably will just be tasked with sending them back to Oribos where Pelagos does his thing.
    Still, my point of that being a single-person's job remains: I mean, we killed Argus, not Sylvanas. You'd think the Eternal ones could help with that.

    Though I do think it would be funny if takes less than one expansion for Sylvanas to clean up the Maw & is back on Azeroth by 2024.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hitei View Post
    That makes absolutely no sense.

    If they've given up on Shadowlands and 9.2 being successful, there'd be no reason to drip feed bits of animation or dialogue to get people to care about the brand. People who don't care about an entire content patch aren't going to be invested in a jumping animation. There's no appreciable gain in generating hype that way.
    The PTR is a form of promotion but it's only a byproduct. "drip feed bits of animation or dialog" is just the result of testing the game as cheaply as possible.

    It's more telling that they're uploading spoilers to the PTR with zero effort to hide them behind encryption. And they can't just give up on the story entirely because these things were being created up to a full year ago. You all here seem to think the turnaround for game assets is much shorter than they are in reality.
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  12. #17952
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    From the new "10.0 Leak" Thread:

    Quote Originally Posted by ItsYoursef View Post
    Posting on a throwaway for obvious reasons.

    Here it is, the actual leak. Taken from a private gamedev discord last night.

    - New xpac is straight up called The Dragon Isles.
    - All marketing being put together has the tagline "Azeroth has awoken!".

    - New Zone: The Dragon Isles
    - New Race: Black Dragons
    - New System: World Shaping

    End of Shadowlands
    • In the fight with the Jailer Azeroth is ruptured. We beat the Jailer and save the planet, but there's consequences. Some "stay a while and listen" events after the fight describe the state of Azeroth. Magni reverts back from diamond form.
    • 9.2.5 pre-expansion event being put together is huge. Lots of reused events like earthquakes and invasions but also a massive Timewalking event that's being designed as a "mini-season-of-mastery" across lots of Azeroth centric dungeons and raids. Devs want players familiar with the history of Azeroth before 10.0, a “big tour” of old events and lore.
    • "Crazed" Troggs, Quilboar, Mantid and Elemental invasions across most of Kalimdor, Eastern Kingdoms, Northrend and Pandaria. New world boss "Garaddon, Son of Galakrond".


    New Xpac
    • 10.0 Cinematic being put together is the biggest Blizz have ever produced. Entire cine team has been developing this for over a year. All Shadowlands pre-rendered cinematics were scrapped and whole team moved on to this. Is a "love letter" to Azeroth, mirrors the original WoW launch cinematic and ends with Azeroth being "born".
    • As a result of the Jailer’s assault, "Azeroth the Eternal" is born from the World Soul. She's a dragon! Sort of...
    • All world souls are unique and Azeroth's essence has indirectly shaped the planet for eons.
    • Dragons are tied directly to Azeroth who is sort of the dragon progenitor.
    • Once players reach Dragon Isles they work directly with Azeroth to "reshape" the world. Story here is that the planet has taken a beating over the last couple of decades and it is having dire consequences for everyone living there.
    • Azeroth as a character described sort of like Leeloo from 5th Element. A supreme being but with the mind of a child. Players need to help her unlock her powers to heal the planet. She’s in a temple on Dragon Isles with Thrall and Wrathion. Lots of “Earthwarder” lore as the three of them try to do what Deathwing couldn’t.
    • Azeroth has her own talent tree, looks very much like old school talent trees from Classic. Players can help her by "training" her via this tree. Each talent is also usable by players through the "World Bond" ability.
    • New abilities are like Covenant abilities but no additional “locked in” choices. Everyone gets the same abilities. Abilities have secondary effects depending on the zone you’re in. One example is an ability like Abomination Limb that also works as a grapple hook.
    • Dragon Isles zones will change over time via World Shaping, some pretty cool massive changes like a whole zone turning from a desert into a forest. Zone is heavily Elf focused with Night Elves trying to discover a way to restore Teldrassil with Azeroths help. You plant trees and tend to a huge forest here, like a massive version of the MoP farm.
    • World Shaping unlocks new abilities in each zone. Water walking, flying, teleporting, spectral sight, treasure finding.
    • Some older zones in Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor will be getting big updates during the expansion.


    Black Dragons
    • Works like Worgen, customize your dragon form and humanoid appearances. Humanoid can be any race, including allied races. Extra customization options for humanoid form including horns, tails, jewelry, scales as well as effects like burning eyes and “molten blood” which is a cool new effect.
    • Dragon Form is mainly used for travel and two racial abilities, story will explain why Black Dragons need to learn how to fight like mortals as one of the classes.
    • Black Dragons can be Warrior, Mage, Rogue, Druid, Hunter, Warlock, Priest, Shaman and Paladin. All the original WoW classes.
    • Black Dragon druid lore and shapeshift forms are "super fun".
    • Wrathion has been trying to restore the Black Dragonflight since Cata. Players are new dragons that Wrathion has been overseeing in The Dragon Isles. Wrathion has recruited/kidnapped class trainers from all over Azeroth to train his new flight. The warlock trainer will cause some players to flip out.
    • Since the battle with Deathwing all dragon aspects have been losing their magic. New dragons (players) need to learn how to fight alongside mortal races to save their race. Wrathions big thing is reversing the loss of magic from Dragons completely and protecting his flight.
    • No big bad in 10.0 but there are infinite dragons, netherwing and some new Dragon Isles specific proto-races (there’s a pretty fun Trogg progenitor race that’s actually super advanced and intelligent). Going back to smaller zone-contained stories. Big focus on discovery, soft-rebooting Azeroth (the planet) and setting up future conflicts.

  13. #17953
    Nothing too crazy and while also not boring. However most correct leaks only have a few points. The part "the warlock trainer will have some people flipping out" is interesting. Who could that be?

  14. #17954
    Quote Originally Posted by micwini View Post
    Nothing too crazy and while also not boring. However most correct leaks only have a few points. The part "the warlock trainer will have some people flipping out" is interesting. Who could that be?
    Correct leaks only happen few days before event, cause few more people can take some sneaky photo from promo materials. I don't see this happening in online event.

    Unless, of course official page will leak everything like with 9.1 xD.

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    Sounds cool but I don't buy it.
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  16. #17956
    Quote Originally Posted by Dracullus View Post
    Correct leaks only happen few days before event, cause few more people can take some sneaky photo from promo materials. I don't see this happening in online event.

    Unless, of course official page will leak everything like with 9.1 xD.
    I always assumed it's leaked by grunt workers at the expo catching a rehearsal if the announcement.
    Few if any pictures, extremely limited in scope, written probably from memory when the worker gets back to his phone, the info being presented similar, if not exactly the same as the power point bulletpoints.

    Someone working part-time or otherwise in an expo center probably doesn't have much reason to respect a stringent NDA like what a full-time developer or similar would. Nowhere near the same risk or consequence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dracullus View Post
    Correct leaks only happen few days before event, cause few more people can take some sneaky photo from promo materials. I don't see this happening in online event.

    Unless, of course official page will leak everything like with 9.1 xD.
    To be fair, the initial Shadowlands leak hit several months before the actual announcement.

  18. #17958
    Quote Originally Posted by The Stormbringer View Post
    From the new "10.0 Leak" Thread:
    sounds really.. boring for my taste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raidlogger View Post
    The biggest problem with Vrykul is the height and similarities to regular humans. Kul Tirans have the fat body type schtick/naval culture and Kyrian have their own culture/aesthetic while both are slightly bigger humans. (Kyrians are also more slender than regular Human men/more buff than regular Human women, providing them with another body type)
    Both are not very good arguments these days anymore. Height was always the main argument naysayers off vrykul were saying back in 2008, but after seeing other tribes of Vrykul with sizes simmilar to zandalari or slighty bigger making it a non issue. They have always used 2 completely unique models both male and female, with unique animations which imany new or old races can't say. You know after stormheim, explaining and exploring more about other Vrykul tribes is actually very interesting.

    On topic of being to human.. I mean we have skinny human and maldraxxus brutes requests .. Vrykul.. I mean.. have had their own kit/props/buildings/models/animations armor wearable for some time now and even go pretty far in lore for the one who likes it. Hell they have been requested since Wrath and are in fact one of the more coheisive and all arround fleshed out races out there. They have only but shown hostile towards us untill Legion. They are part of requests like walrus people or Ogres. Kyrian have always been nothing but rekins female vrykul who got shrunken down and painted blue. If I have to think about Kul Tiran or Vrykul, I am like.. where did it go wrong??

    Don't forget that.. we got a literal copy of blood elves instead of broken or Vrykul back in Legion. We got almost all races assosiated with the reputations that became playable except they suddenly changed and asspulled the void elves in, I will be forever salty about that fucking lame addition. Either Broken or Vrykul would have been so much better imo. ...If you complain about being to close to the human model.. then please open your eyes, cus Kyrian or skinny humans look closer to regular humans, then Vrykul ever did and besides.. allied races made more things possible as well. I mean if you would say.. highmountain look to close to tauren then.. you might have a point..
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  19. #17959
    I buy that about as much as most leaks, which is not at all. Still though, it does sound decent. The Black Dragon race is largely how I imagine a Dragonsworn class could best work, with all races open that have dragon-style enhancements and/or dragon forms. World shaping could be a cool way to have long term investment in a zone, similar to how Isle of Thunder worked back in MoP.

    I doubt this is it, but I'd enjoy an expansion similar to this.

  20. #17960
    Don't misunderstand this as me defending Blizz here, locking Conduits/2 x lego behind rep grinds is dumb af and basically does lock player power behind a grind in Zereth Mortis.

    But TECHNICALLY those aren't locked behind the Cypher system itself, no? So Blizzard teeeeeeeechnically didn't lie.

    Just a weird coincidence that I'm guessing most rep grinds will also be connected to the Cypher system, woopsiewaddayaknow.

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