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Gamespot talked to Production Director John Hight at BlizzCon 2017 about zone scaling and lore in the upcoming expansion.

You can read the full interview here.

  • The Alliance and the Horde came together to fight a common foe (the Legion), but once the Legion is defeated, a rift between both factions will form, resulting in the Burning of Teldrassil and the Assault on Lordaeron.
  • Both sides are reaching out and trying to pull together new allies in the big battle.
  • The Alliance story will be driven by Anduin; he's stepping up to be the king.
  • The same applies to Sylvanas (Chieftain of the Horde). We're going to see a lot of her, but it's less about a common foe.
  • BfA is a great expansion for new players.
  • Zone scaling uses the same technology as Legion zones and areas will be level independent.
  • Blizzard wants you to have a smooth leveling experience; you can for example choose if you want to go to Northrend or Outland.
  • Starting zones will still be relevant. At around level 20 you're pretty much free in the world and you can start making decisions.
  • There's a new boost experience in BfA related to Class Trials. If you decide to boost a character, you need to finish a scenario that teaches you basics about your class. 

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23 minutes ago, Stan said:

but once the Legion has when the Legion is defeated

Ladies and gentlemen, lore mastermind at work.

 

 

Yes I know this is a transcript error, you must be fun at parties!

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One scenario isnt that much to know if u like that Class atleast in my opnion. Idk but i would like to see a New Class Trial feature where u can select The Class Trial and than u can use this Charakter in full Lvl 110 and everything, but only up to the Ending of Legion so u can do everything but the new Content, and if u are interested in that specific Class u have to buy the Lvl Boost so that u can lvl up and start your adventure in to BfA. BUT u can only use this typ of Class Trial if u have atleast 2 lvl 120 Charakters so New Players dont skip the old Content. And i know with the new leveling System it schould be much better and smoother but after 8 Charakter atleast for me so far that u lvl to max lvl u realy dont need to do that again, again and again especially with the new Allied Races coming in BfA.

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14 hours ago, Genjisan said:

One scenario isnt that much to know if u like that Class atleast in my opnion.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the current situation on live is that you can play a trial character out in the open world for a couple of hours. 

Also, I don't think we need even more shortcuts to leveling, with all those boost and heirlooms it's already pretty laughable. You can get from 1 to 110 in less than 30 hours if you are clever about it.

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18 hours ago, Stan said:

(...) a rift between both factions will form (...)

I wonder that kind of rift it'll be.

18 hours ago, Stan said:

Blizzard wants you to have a smooth leveling experience; you can for example choose if you want to go to Northrend or Outland.

I really like this. I'll level all my characters in the Ulduar-related dungeons. Hehe.

18 hours ago, Stan said:

Zone scaling uses the same technology as Legion zones and areas will be level independent.

I wonder if this level scaling thingie will apply to Random Dungeon Finder. Would pretty awesome to be able to grind on older content with high level characters and get a reasonable XP; would make RDF leveling a lot less boring.

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4 minutes ago, Valhalen said:

I wonder if this level scaling thingie will apply to Random Dungeon Finder. Would pretty awesome to be able to grind on older content with high level characters and get a reasonable XP; would make RDF leveling a lot less boring.

While the dungeons will scale with your level, they will still be restricted to an overall level range meaning that classic dungeons will scale up to 60, TBC/Wrath dungeons from 60 to 80, and so on. Still gives you broader variety so you don't have to run Utgarde Keep 15 times in a row. (Downside: Oculus and CoT...)

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5 minutes ago, jinsu2301 said:

While the dungeons will scale with your level, they will still be restricted to an overall level range meaning that classic dungeons will scale up to 60, TBC/Wrath dungeons from 60 to 80, and so on. Still gives you broader variety so you don't have to run Utgarde Keep 15 times in a row. (Downside: Oculus and CoT...)

I see. I wish it would scale from 10 to 120 though, haha. Imagine doing Scarlet Monastery on level 110. Would be fun.

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