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The folks over at r/wow interviewed Frank Kowalkowski and Steve Danuser at this year's BlizzCon and here's what both had to say about Shadowlands. 

Don't forget to check out our BlizzCon 2019 Content Hub for more interviews and highlights from BlizzCon!

Interview Highlights

  • The WoW dev team is taking inspiration from Classic, and just recently, Holinka announced that many abilities and talents were returning in Shadowlands.
  • During downtime on patch day, the team would load up their own characters and make sure everything works okay before servers are up for the general public.
  • It takes a whole team to get a patch out. The engineers do a lot of coding and the live-ops team is doing the actual pushing. 
  • Kael'thas Sunstrider, Uther, and other major characters are making a comeback in the Shadowlands expansions.
  • It was more than clear that the Horde would be divided over Sylvanas' story arc, so they offered player choice in the game for the first time. The loyalist campaign felt right at the time and may return in the future when it makes sense.
  • It's possible for them to allow players to log into mainline (retail) and Classic at the same time, but it feels a little weird. Before Classic queue times have stabilized, many players wanted to play retail but couldn't, because they had to wait in the queue to play Classic. (Thanks Yohannt for the report!)
  • Night Elf players will get to see the "new side" of Tyrande in Shadowlands.
  • Cross faction play is not coming, because it would upend the concept of Warcraft.

You can read the full interview here.

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