World of Warcraft: Q&A and Cinematic Images
World of Warcraft Q&A
BlizzCon 2014 has been awesome so far and now it's time for the Warlords of Draenor panel! We'll highlight what they talk about below and be sure to cover any relevant, new information.
We've also uploaded pictures of the behind-the-scenes art for the Cinematics panel!
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Will anyone ever use Doomhammer?
You will. (It's a cute kid and a joke question/answer.)
Why do certain toys not work?
We're still working on the toy box, in some cases we can remove faction requirements on some.
You've done a good job of taking certain addons or mods, when is tri-spec coming?
We don't have plans to right now. With the Mysts set-up, we feel like you can have two unique specs now instead of two different ones for the same speciaization.
Are the old gods scarier than Sargeras?
No, it was hyperbole. The biggest threat is the scariest at the time.
It's not practical to have to hang out in a group to be in a garrison? Will we have guild garrisons?
We'd consider doing more to it in the future. We'd have to think about what it'd mean to have a guild garrison, we'd have to do a lot of changes and make it a fully fledged guild feature.
Will guild achievements be around?
We want to have good achievements, we didn't want to have a situation where people need to join level twenty-five guilds only.
Are you gonna have better collision detection? Sometimes I'll get stuck on a tiny leafy plant while on my mount.
Yes--I would love to have better detection. Sometimes we mark it as collision when it shouldn't have it.
How long is it supposed to take to travel a continent? North to South?
We didn't really plan it out, we just wanted to make the world big.
I love Firelands and I love farming the flame cat seeds, will there be another place to get it?
No, it was a cool look that took effort. Making it farmable takes effort, it makes it a hard thing to have for your vanity look.
Where's the line between fun and class balance?
Right there. That's the line. (Laughs) Positional requirements aren't fun, but we evaluate it.
Paladins and Warlocks have their class mount. Will other classes get one?
And where's the paladin teleport that mages have? No, but really it's how we look at certain classes and have an identity for them. If it felt right for a warrior, if it fit the kit--we'd do it.
In shapeshift form could it be a real animal roar?
You want a roar for each specific animal?
No but if you do a /roar, you sound like a Troll or something.
Noted. Good idea.
Since you released battle pets, has it met your expectations?
I think we've been really happy and excited for battle pets. In regards to expansion, we see it as a content based system. That's why we didn't see more level caps or abilities, we're happy with the gameplay; what we want to do is add more depth by giving new pets and new NPC battles.
Why is Thrall the only Orc with eyebrows?
He might have a different upbringing, we wanted his model to feel more human.
The one thing we never change is that Traveler's Backpack from the start...
OK, we'll change it to a ten slot back. Confirmed. Great suggestion.
Why can't you change your gender/race and remove the paid feature?
That's your character's entire identity, it means a lot more than a haircut.
Is Azeroth located in the cluster? If you go to Storm Peaks at night, the star density is too high.
Well, Chris Metzen isn't here. So yes, it is. It's canon.
Legendaries in arena change it a lot and if you aren't a class that can use it, it can suck. Any plans to restrict legendaries in WoD?
Maybe. But to some extent, it's nice to have a moment to shine--to take something you work hard to get and then go be overpowered in the arena for a b it. Sometimes it depends on the class too, if the class that uses it does well in PvP already, maybe it shouldn't be allowed, but if it's doing poorly, maybe it should. We might do a PvP legendary to earn in the arena to counterbalance it.
Can we see the internal simulations?
World of Warcraft is. We're pretty much running bots using real gear on a real client. Please keep feedback coming.
Sometimes in helmets, your beard disappears randomly. Why?
It's just a bug. We just need to find these bugs and inconsistencies, it's not intended. In our item editor, we have settings for what gear can hide and what it does.
Are there plans for new robe designs, allowing you to see more?
Yeah, we're definitely onboard with that. We don't have any concrete plans, but we want silhouette changes and showing things like shirts/tabards well.
Will you make guard armor into transmog armor? Transmog also came out in Cataclysm, there are a lot of sets that don't have matching belts and boots, where are they?
When it comes to transmog, we try to get it out there. If it's a type of armor, we try to make it wearable and out there. We're open to doing cosmetic rewards, we've done this in the garrisons so you can earn full transmog sets. As far as coloration goes, we know about the holes in matching outfits; it's a product of how the item art was used. In regards to faction gear also, we just upgraded the Stormwind and Orgrimmer art, and we've put them in for garrisons to help you represent your faction.
Will Gallywix be anywhere? Also Undermine, where is it?
He'll possibly come back several times, in new locations to tell a new story.
When can we craft and cook our own bacon?
We can make that happen. We have the technology.
Will we ever make the Eye of Sulfuras or older legendaries bind on account?
No current plans to alter them, they're a snapshot of the game as it existed.
Will we ever see anything like the AQ gates opening again?
Well we want to make it social like AQ, but the AQ gates totally crashed and burned the servers. We like the idea, it could be something we do again.
Lorewalker Cho spoke of the Zandalari homeland: when will we get to see it?
You're asking for more trolls?! (Boos) Never can have too many trolls!
As the expansions continue, it gets harder for people who play internationally. I get banned every six months or so for playing in the EU with an US IP. I was told it's because I'm in the US, even though I'm in the EU in spirit? Will you make it easier for us?
Yes. I think each issue is its own issue.
In the announcements of Warlords of Draenor, Farahlon was showed as a place we'd go in. Now there's no reason to go to. I think we should.
It's in a garrison mission. We took it off the map because we're not sure if we're going to be able to make content for it or not. Some of our original plans were to have boosted characters go through it, but we ended up having them start in the same place. Thank you red shirt guy.
Why does Worgen lore just stop and not go anywhere in Mists?
The Worgen felt out of place in the process. We had ideas for Shadowmoon.
I can't use my flying machine on a character except for my engineer, yet it's account bound.
We still want to make sure that it's tied to your specialization.
Can you copy the smelting window over to prospecting/milling button?
Yes, that's a quality of life thing we could do.
Do you feel garrisons giving a chance at mythic loot is ok?
To get a shot at mythic gear, you need to have at least heroic raided and have a really great garrison. This way you can find the garrison relevant at all content levels, so that way all players can get rewards. We want people to have fun getting gear, you don't have to do everything to get minor advantages.
What are you doing for WoD and roleplayers?
Role-playing is about creating opportune environments. Role-players create fantasies we couldn't expect. We think the RP community could make a group-finder from the 6.0 feature, trying to group up that way as well.
About dailies. There's not very many of them, we're forced to do the garrison--why?
Yes, we encourage garrisons. But we do have two daily quests that will present themselves each day. But we feel like that's a nice blend, it's about free form style gameplay like Timeless Isle with patch 5.1 story ideas since each area has a story that develops weekly.
With the new models, some spell directions changed like Immolation?
We're looking at it right now.
In beta, a lot of people hung out in their garrisons. In MoP, we saw Tillers and people would phase out. World PvP would get killed because of it. What steps will be taken to encourage world PvP?
Honestly, we're gonna tell you to go to Ashran. You can have rewards plus fight there freely. On boundaries, PvP manifests because of a boundary; people are fighting because of their safety, we see this at instance portals in WoW's history. People like to camp those areas. If we tried to solve it for one, it'd just move to another.
When will the action bar get some love?
We'd like to see a storage cloud, where you could have your settings saved and then whenever you logged in for other places it'd be all set up. We'd prefer to go in that direction rather than finding out what mods you use and changing the base UI to like it.
There's been a lot of confusion, there are laws of magic. Fel magic has been used in war crimes, Death knights use necromancy, and now Khadgar is using chronomancy. What magics do the Kirin Tor still declare prohibitive?
Their ability is waning a bit over the time. There are things the mages bring to the table, like flying cities. Flying cities. That's their special thing.
Is Khadgar the new guardian now?
I'm pretty sure there's a mage in my guild has it--I think it was Mudoug, his brother.
Thanks for the random summon mount button, can it maybe be smarter? Flying vs ground?
Maybe, it would be cool.
Give me a way to have transmogs for different specs?
We do plan to revamp the way transmog works and create collections so you don't have to fill up your bank and void storage. We'll definitely keep that in mind as we design it.
For healers at level 100, there's one talent that ways outshines the others like Beacon of Faith. Are you willing to take another look?
Yes, there might be tweaking. But it's not a problem for a niche like high end raiding to have one talent that is clearly the right answer--as long as the rest of the game has decisions. Picking the right tool for the right job is fine. We do intentionally make active talents like Beacon of Faith stronger since it requires you to use it perfectly, most players won't find it optimal because they won't be able to use it perfectly.
What about dragons?
They're still major characters, they will be used again.
We know that Manneroth dies at different times in timelines. Are there are other people who are ressurected or killed by dying at a different time?
Yes, you'll have to wait to see who and how, but it will be awesome.
As a male Night Elf, can I have my eyebrows without a beard?
We shaved them off and gave them to Thrall! (Laughs) In all honesty, this is likely a bug that will be fixed soon.
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