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Friday, November 19, 2010

Cataclysm Dev Chat with Bestbuy answers some interesting questions

Good morning Netherwebs !

Looks like we've got another Dev chat on our hands! I'll be posting my thoughts on some of the answers Blizzard gave that seemed particularly interesting to me. You can read the post with the entire Dev chat over at MMO-Champion. Lets dive right in to the good stuff !

Cataclysm - General
Q:What happened with the Worgen district in Stormwind?

Blizzard: We decided it didn't really fit very well, it was looking kind of awkwardly forced into the city. Plus deathwing would have destroyed it anwyays.
Toendra:  *pauses a second to mourn the loss of the Worgen district* I should have known...  There were no screenshots to be found anywhere of the Worgen's home in Stormwind. I guess this got replaced with the Howling Oak in Darnassus. Which is nice i guess. Dogs like trees right ? Nevertheless, i'm sad it was abandoned.

Raids & Dungeons
Q:The first tier of Cataclysm raiding has 3 seperate instances to tackle. Are you guys planning on keeping with the Burning Crusade model (SSC/TK, BT/Hyjal) and having multiple instances per raid tier? Will Deathwing have to share the spotlight with some other instance?
Blizzard: We'll evaluate that on a tier by tier basis. When we have awesome ideas that we can successfully make happen we'll do multiple environments, but it won't necessarily always be the case. We do have a super cool idea for the deathwing tier though... ...or at least so we hope. =]

Toendra: This get's Nethermancy's official stamp of approval! I loved the TBC raiding model. The secret behind it's success is very simple in my opinion :

More instances per tier = More variety = Less burn out

And that's exactly what made TBC raiding so great ! Well, that and the fact that most encounters weren't exactly loot pineatas, which is another thing Cataclysm will hopefully get rid of !

Q:Will there be more than one Legendary weapon in Cata? Will there be a Caster DPS legendary? Any info or plans would be awesome =) Thanks!
Blizzard: It's likely there will be more than one legendary weapon, although it's too early to say for sure. We do, however, have a plan to do a caster dps staff soon.

Toendra: S- S- Say again ? A new Legendary Caster dps Staff ? Flippin' Felguards, that's awesome news ! But when / where  will we see it ? I sure hope its not in the last content patch. That's a wait i don't think i can  bare, but as they said, if they're planning to do multiple Legendaries over the course of an expansion, it might even be possible we see a new legendary for every major content patch ! 
Q: Are there any plans for a new Lock mount? I would love to see a possible flying mount for Locks..
Blizzard: One of the things we look at with mounts is broad appeal. While we do specific class mounts from time to time, most of the time we look to have mounts that all classes can use.

Toendra: Hmm.. The future of our Class specific flying mount remains obscure.. We've been asking for this for so long now that i think most of us, including myself, would be pleased if we just get a reskin of an existing model.

Here's some suggestions for 'Lock flying mounts that shouldn't take up to much dev time.
  • Give our Dreadsteed / Felsteed the ability to fly like the Horseman's Reigns. As far is i can tell it uses the swimming animation for flight. That shouldn't be to hard to implement, right ? Then again.. I'm no game dev. so i like to be carefull with these kinds of comments.
  • Give us an Emberwyrm (maybe some green/purple recoloring of the flames ?) that's a signature Warlock mount right there !
  • Flying Demonform would be cool, however i can see how Blizzard has problems with this. It just doesn't really fit that you're able to change into this massive Demon, but only to fly, never to fight if you're Affliction or Destruction. 

Those were my thoughts on some of the questions that i found interesting, hope you enjoyed and have an awesome friday !

Curse ya later,

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