Archive for September, 2007

Death Knight Q & A

Monday, September 17th, 2007

Bornakk took the initiative to answer some Deathknight questions as posed on the official forums:

Q u o t e:
-Everyone will roll death knight alts because they startat lvl 60, so they have less work to do.

We do hope a lot of people try out the class, it should be a lot of fun. But we also know that people have their preferred style of play so we don’t expect everybody to drop their current character(s) and play the Death Knight exclusively.

Q u o t e:
-It forces you to master a class in high-level areas where you need to know your class to suceed, and most new Death knights won’t know how to play their class at all.

Just leveling up to reach Northrend will take time and should provide players some great experience in learning the new class.

Q u o t e:
-You will get less hours out of your death knight alt.

I’m a little confused here, but are you saying that it’s a problem that you can’t spend more hours at lower levels?

Q u o t e:
-Other classes will fall out of favor for alts, because they start at lvl 1, wheras Death Knights start at 60.

I’m not sure that other classes falling out of favor as alts is really a big deal, but I wanted to clarify that the starting level of the Death Knight has not been finalized, but they will start at a higher level as a level 1 Death Knight doesn’t sound quite right.

Q u o t e:
-The massive flood of Death Knights will clog battlegrounds, making matches extremely uneven (No class variety, so less heals, druid bufs, etc.)

While a lot of people may make Death Knight alts to try out the class, especially near the launch of Wrath of the Lich King, not everybody is going to level them to 80 or switch them to their main character. Also, both factions will be interested in playing the Death Knight, so any lack of heals will probably go both ways.

Q u o t e:
-The lack of levels to obtain takes away what makes WoW so fun: Leveling up and gaining new abilities.

They will still need to level through Outland and Northrend which can take a fair amount of time.

Q u o t e:
-New players will have to wait months to try a class they may have wanted from the beginning.

We have not finalized way that the Death Knight will be unlocked yet, if that is what you are referring to.

We have wanted to make Hero Classes for a long time and we feel the Death Knight will be a fun one to start with while adding a great new element to the game for players to enjoy fighting with… and against.

Bornakk also went on to answer a few other questions. When questioned about a 3rd faction, he replied:

While hearing murloc noises already makes me shudder, the Alliance and the Horde are a strong basis to build a story of conflict and war for players to experience and we have no plans at this time of adding a third playable faction. We are happy with the way the two factions are “interacting” in the game and plan to continue weaving the story around them.

And when questioned about the way vanish works:

While we are always evaluating abilities and making changes as appropriate, we have no current plans to change how vanish works. Hope that helps.


More Bag Space and maybe something more?

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

We noticed through WOWInsider that someone on the forums has asked about more bagspace in Wrath of the Lich King. Here is what Drysc had to say:

We’re mindful of space concerns, and increasing the base backpack size is certainly a possibility for the future. We have other space and storage increases currently in the works for release before Wrath though, and we’ll be talking about those soon™.

I’ve often wished I could replace my stock backpack with an Imbued Netherweave Bag, but getting it by default would be great! And ‘other space and storage increases’ is definitely of interest as well! We’ll see what happens!<

Enchantments to be sellable on the Auction House

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

From the EU French official forums, we caught wind that the devs may be adding a way to sell Enchants on the Auction House.

Roughly translated, Thyvene says:

The developers plan to give to enchanters the possibility to sell their enchantments at the auction house, nevertheless this shouldn’t be implemented into the game before the next expansion, Wrath of the Lich King.

I would assume that it would be an item like Glyphs and such that will allow you to enchant an item by clicking on the item, and then on your armor, much like Armor Kits and such