Life in Azeroth is hard. Citizens are always on the brink of apocalypse, whether at the hands of Deathwing or The Lich King or an entire army of demons. We all deserve a break, and so Patch 7.1.5 is adding micro-holidays to World of Warcraft.
Micro-holidays are like holidays, but smaller! These will be short events, typically lasting only one or two days, that are looking to add some wacky things to the flow of life. They won’t award any achievements, mounts, pets or otherwise, namely so that players won’t feel bad about missing any events.
At BlizzCon 2016’s World of Warcraft panel today, Game Director Ion Hazzikostas introduced a few micro-holidays coming soon. On January 22 of every year, Azeroth will celebrate Ahn’Qiraj Remembrance Day, a tribute to the epic server crashing that accompanied the attempted Gates of Ahn’Qiraj opening event of 2006. On Volunteer Guard Appreciation Day, players will step into the unsung heroes of the world. Saluting a local guard will let you don their appearance and conduct your own patrol.
The Hatching of the Hippogryphs will allow players to watch the creatures hatch and fly out to sea. Witnessing this will grant you a baby hippogryph that will accompany you. Not a companion or battle pet, but just a friend that works much like Pepe. There’s also going to be something called Boat Day. We have no idea what this is yet.
Hazzikostas stressed that this isn’t content that will stand on par with or replace raiding or other major World of Warcraft experiences. It’s all about logging in and finding something light and fun waiting for you.
There’s no solid release date for patch 7.1.5, though it will hit the PTR, along with micro-holidays, “right after BlizzCon.”
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