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Forbes Interview with Jeremy Feasel: New Secrets, Island Expeditions

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Forbes recently interviewed Senior Game Designer Jeremy "Muffinus" Feasel about new secrets, Island Expeditions & battle pets.

Check out the full interview here

Interview Highlights

  • Plenty of new secrets have been added to the game in Battle for Azeroth and they will be available at launch. Blizzard really likes when the community comes together to solve them.
  • One of the secrets is described as "mind melting", possibly related to the The HivemindThe Hivemind mount.
  • Endless Halls had an element of lost momentum and that's something they'd like to avoid in BfA.
  • It's difficult to change certain puzzles to localize them into a variety of different languages.
  • The first thing for pet collectors to do in BfA is to expand their collections. They've added more than 120 battle pets in this expansion, 25 can be obtained from Island Expeditions.
  • They've changed around some abilities and added unique breeds to keep the metagame fresh.
  • A new currency has been added and everybody's starting fresh.
  • World Quests now scale off of your highest level battle pet, meaning everyone with a team of three level 1 pets can do them.
  • There's a couple of hidden locations that require coming together in order to unlock certain pets, similar to the Sun Darter HatchlingSun Darter Hatchling.
  • Blizzard made over 1,000 unique creatures just for Island Expeditions.
  • Island Expeditions drop various weapons for transmog, including the legendary Stinkrot Smasher.
  • Island Expeditions are role agnostic, so no specific roles are needed and all team compositions are possible. There are plenty of consumables and helpful items scattered on the islands to help you out.
  • Doing Mythic difficulty Island Expeditions rewards more Azerite for your Heart of AzerothHeart of Azeroth.
  • On PvP Island Expeditions, creatures scale closely with your player power. (Corrected: Thanks to @Seksi)
  • Island Expeditions can't be outgeared, because mobs deal damage equal to a certain percentage of your health.
  • They doubled the speed at which players gain personal Azerite on PvP islands (the longer you're alive, the more Azerite residue you'll accumulate and if killed, the enemy team gets it).
  • Tortollan have cool minigame World Quests, similar to Kirin Tor in Legion.

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1 hour ago, Stan said:
  • Island Expeditions can't be outgeared, because mobs deal damage equal to a certain percentage of your health.

it reminds me of the time people use to take off one ring or neck piece to make mob fights easier !

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9 minutes ago, blackstar128 said:

it reminds me of the time people use to take off one ring or neck piece to make mob fights easier !

But really... Matching health can totally be worked around as a ranged DPS class. Glass cannon, kite, and blow them away.

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