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We're looking at yet another BlizzCon interview about Battle for Azeroth. This time around, Asmo & Hotted interviewed Ryan Cobo & Shani Edwards.

  • No launch date for WoW Classic, they want to encapsulate the nostalgic classic experience without the launch issues that were present in Vanilla and it's going to take a while to work through all that stuff.
  • Everything is on the table right now, they're trying to figure out what the best experience is gonna be, but they don't have any specific information about what's (not) included.
  • Legendaries are tied to the Heart of Azeroth amulet and the new expansion uses a different system.
  • No plans for solo content challenges (Mage Tower) in BfA, but nothing is set in stone yet.
  • Server types (PvP & PvE) will be merged in BfA and players can flag themselves for PvP.
  • The new system is a great tool to combat server imbalance in terms of PvP.
  • No new brackets are planned, but there are two new Arenas, a new Battleground and new technology that allows them to shard people in different ways so that Horde & Alliance are even on a server.
  • Some Honor talents will be revamped. They will not be completely different, but one of the complaints they heard was that players didn't like switching abilities between two different things (PvP / PvE), so they want to have similar rotations between those two.
  • PvP gear vendors will be added to the new Arena places in Kul Tiras & Zandalar).
  • Resilience is not making a comeback in BfA.
  • No specific plans to add Mythic+ to old dungeons or Mythic raids.
  • No changes are planned for the four existing difficulties in BfA or Mythic difficulty raid size.
  • Overall, Blizzard's satisfied with the amount of class abilities right now and in terms of class changes, no substantial reworks are coming.

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2 hours ago, Stan said:

No launch date for WoW Classic, they want to encapsulate the nostalgic classic experience without the launch issues that were present in Vanilla and it's going to take a while to work through all that stuff.

But isn't that all part of the nostalgic Vanilla experience? :D

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11 hours ago, Stan said:

Server types (PvP & PvE) will be merged in BfA and players can flag themselves for PvP.

Fucking finally!

8 hours ago, Ammako said:

But isn't that all part of the nostalgic Vanilla experience? :D

I honestly can't understand why people like Vanilla WoW so much. I can understand the nostalgic feeling of discovering the game for the first time, but this feeling won't be brought back by playing the game again.

I'm sorry, but Vanilla was terrible. Leveling was a huge pain in the ass. Raiding was a nightmare for many reasons. PvP was absurdly unbalanced. Everything feels more "challenging" just because it takes aeons to achieve progress; much like in any RPG, where grinding feels like accomplishment because it takes up your time. I played both Vanilla and TBC and they were not fun; to me WotLK was the true WoW experience.

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3 hours ago, Valhalen said:

Fucking finally!

I honestly can't understand why people like Vanilla WoW so much. I can understand the nostalgic feeling of discovering the game for the first time, but this feeling won't be brought back by playing the game again.

I'm sorry, but Vanilla was terrible. Leveling was a huge pain in the ass. Raiding was a nightmare for many reasons. PvP was absurdly unbalanced. Everything feels more "challenging" just because it takes aeons to achieve progress; much like in any RPG, where grinding feels like accomplishment because it takes up your time. I played both Vanilla and TBC and they were not fun; to me WotLK was the true WoW experience.

I have to agree. Vanilla WoW was good in that there was nothing like it at the time. I also agree Wrath was the best expansion. 

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Agreeing to disagree, allow me to explain and let us go back even farther in the timeline.

I'm sorry but Vanilla Everquest and what was it *thinks on which dlc we were on during Beta and the start of Vanilla Wow* was life sucking horrible and how the Everquest population was more or less a bit concerned with the causal type of game play Vanilla Wow was offering, with 'Cartoon graphics, Christmas style loot drops, health potions, mana potions (giving little if any downtime) basically overall Quality of Life complete revamp and blizzard was betting on what we wanted and hoped it would catch on and it did BIG TIME. However, us EQer's were very very timid about it all. What we didn't know was/is that Blizzard was taking the norm and blasting it with a shotgun and offering a much more enjoyable experience in let us say 2 hours of game play in Wow versus 8 hours of Everquest.

So I'm assuming the population that misses, rose colored glasses and all that, wants or desires Vanilla Wow could be that generation of players. Yes, I would be a part of that generation since I started playing Everquest March 99 opening day and hence stopped of course but Vanilla Wow to me is the Wow I fell i love with *shrugs* that's my take on all this...

 

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3 hours ago, Adcap6 said:

So I'm assuming the population that misses, rose colored glasses and all that, wants or desires Vanilla Wow could be that generation of players.

Yes. It is the desire of something new. But Vanilla isn't good for today's standards. It was baby steps for what MMOs could be. Much like Vanilla brought quality-of-life changes compared to Everquest, so did the following expansions to WoW.

What people want is a completely new experience different from what WoW is today, but in WoW. And that will never happen unless Blizzard decides to make a "WoW 2" in a completely new engine (which will never happen either). It is a very delicate matter, but all I can say is: people are never happy. I bet that a lot of those who want Vanilla back to much will complain about something when the Classic servers finally hit.

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14 hours ago, Valhalen said:

It is a very delicate matter, but all I can say is: people are never happy. I bet that a lot of those who want Vanilla back to much will complain about something when the Classic servers finally hit.

Too dated, too much changed, update this, keep that...  

But hey, they want to get that business, they should go right ahead :P

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