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World of Warcraft Developers Answer All Your Questions

The World of Warcraft‘s Reddit page has rewarded us once again!


Last week, many of the people on the development team from Blizzard who are working on World of Warcraft jumped into an Ask Me Anything on Reddit. It was a tell-all question as users asked every question imaginable. And to our benefit, the devs had a lot to say, both about the current state of the game, and some potential changes and updates that may or may not be in the pipeline following the release of Warlords of Draenor.

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What are the big announcements, I hear you asking? Well, frankly, there are a lot of things, and how important one announcement is or another with a game that is as large as World of Warcraft comes more or less down to your particular engagement, involvement, or specialization with the game. But here are a few highlights that should be noted, most important to those who have recently resubscribed and updated to Warlords of Draenor.

  • Class questlines are coming back eventually! Designer, Ion Hazzikostas, confirms that he really enjoyed the “Green Fire” questline, and that he wants to see more quests in this vein in the future. He cites that the team is working on this with an emphasis on “highlighting and reinforcing class identity.” If you’re deep into the lore, this is going to be your jam, as many races will likely receive more canon definition in the future.
  • Garrisons are here to stay! Understanding that Warlords of Draenor is the biggest World of Warcraft expansion in years, they want to make sure that garrisons – a major attraction in the new update – are going to be an important part of the gameplay. Their goal is to have an update to the ways garrisons work and the content within a garrison with every patch moving forward.
  • Custom music for your garrisons is expected in update 6.1.0! They weren’t too explicit in their response, but Cory Stockton confirms that the ability to alter the audio tracks that play in garrisons (currently loud and booming war music) will be available very soon. This will be a huge release for those who like to wander around their proud garrison and admire their hard work building their forces.
  • There is no way to ever prepare for release day of a WoW expansion. This goes without saying really, as MMOs are potentially one of the most complicated genres of video games that exists at present. And the clusterbomb of problems that came with the release of Warlords of Draenor was testament to how chaotic things were. But even for a developer as savvy and thorough as Blizzard, they admit there are no ways to avoid speedbumps.
  • Why no flying in Draenor? Because reasons. Basically, having the ability to fly around at random would make the game boring, as you’d be able to skip most of the fun battles/encounters on the way to your various destinations, and you wouldn’t be able to explore the world properly.
  • New battlegrounds maps? Maybe, but they aren’t sure when they’ll be able to get around to it with all the work they still have on their plate in the next few patches.
  • Want to work on World of Warcraft? Start learning game design now! Want to be a community manager with Blizzard? Start managing a community now. Clearly, for both answers, getting your experience before you knock on the door is key to their hiring practices.

We’ve barely scratched the surface on all the answers given here. See everything the devs had to say on the official AMA thread here. There are also really convenient summaries of many of the questions so you don’t have to scratch your head looking for the individual comments.

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