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Taliesin & Evitel talked to Senior Game Designer Jeremy "Muffinus" Feasel about Island Expeditions, Patch 8.2, and more. Here's a recap of the interview.

Interview Highlights

  • Jeremy is currently supervising all patches for Battle for Azeroth.
  • Crestfall is a new island coming in Patch 8.2, it is the first one to have some history and background. The island is going to have elements of the Warcraft II map, we're going to see dragon skeletons.
  • The Advanced NPC AI will be used for the first time outside of Islands in the new Arathi Basin Brawl coming in Patch 8.1.5.
  • Legion's bodyguard system is returning in Rise of Azshara and it would be cool to have the AI implemented for your buddy.
  • Whenever they develop the game's storyline for different patches, one of the things they keep in mind is the storyline of the entire expansion and where that leads. The main storyline this expansion is clearly Sylvanas' rise to power and how she's using it, how people react to that. It's the key to how we get to Nazjatar and what happens there.
  • They think Allied Races system is a strong one, people love them. They do plan to add more Allied Races in the future, but they don't have anything specific to announce right now.
  • In Patch 8.2, they're moving away from gating the story. They have a team working on sandbox systems and updated world quest systems across the entire zone.
  • In Nazjatar and Mechagon, you will be introduced to cinematic moments, you'll unlock a hub, meet your new friends, and there's going to be a bodyguard system, where you level up your buddy.
  • A whole new set of world quests awaits in Nazjatar, unlike anything we've seen previously. Public events will periodically pop up similar to Legion assaults. You should be seeing new stuff even after months of playing in the new zone. They really like Shrines from the Timeless Isle that spawn mini-events and they want to include those in Nazjatar.
  • Mechagon is going almost in a completely separate direction in terms of how you unlock content there and what that turns into.
  • There's not a separate team working on WoW secrets, those are just side projects made by passionate devs.

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2 hours ago, Stan said:

Legion's bodyguard system is returning in Rise of Azshara and it would be cool to have the AI implemented for your buddy.

Glad it comes back, though I wish they would do more with it. The companions and their stories (and the romancing ofc, giggidy) were one of the few highlights of SWTOR, and even the occasional banter with the followers in Diablo 3 is something I don't wanna miss. Then you have the WoW Bodyguards, and when they aren't blocking you from looting a corpse or picking some herbs, they will just keep repeating the same three voice messages over and over....

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I wish they'd update our (hugely important to the lore) followers to have more coherent stories.    Rexxar in particular bugs me with his joining the war because "Jaina, she's killed too many" (this was before the naval invasion in the current raid obviously, when the only "Kills" to Jaina's name were a few blood elves rebelling in Dalaran...) 

Similarly we've got Garona, Arcanist Valtrois, Falstad, and Shandris.   These guys are kinda important but just "there".

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Sound to me like it’s taking them two whole content patches before we’re getting things people actually want. While I’m looking forward to 8.2 the fact that everything prior to it has been boring, samey systems brought over from Legion yet implemented in an even worse way, leaves me still disappointed in Blizz.

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23 hours ago, Brutalis said:

samey systems brought over from Legion yet implemented in an even worse way, leaves me still disappointed in Blizz.

I dont feel nearly as locked into maintaining my follower table as i felt like it was in Legion.  So far the only rewards Ive felt obligated to do are the extra FP missions.  The rest I honestly feel I could have skipped if i didnt want the rep up so fast right away.  

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