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Shadowlands Alpha 9.0.1 Build 34199: New Race Descriptions

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Blizzard have again updated the race descriptions on Alpha. The questionable Undead description no longer mentions that they "tirelessly strive to protect the living", and the Night Elf description no longer includes Teldrassil.

Alliance

Old: "You are a soldier of the noble Alliance, a coalition of nations dedicated to upholding the ideals of peace and justice across Azeroth."

New: "You are a soldier of the noble Alliance, a coalition of kingdoms dedicated to upholding the ideals of valor and justice across Azeroth."

Draenei

Old: "Your people, the draenei, arrived on Azeroth as refugees from another world. But this world is now your home, and you have sworn to defend it."

New: "The draenei fled a distant world overcome by demonic corruption. But Azeroth is now your people's home, and you have sworn to defend it."

Gnomes

Old: "The gnomes of Gnomeregan bolster the Alliance with their ingenuity and mechanical aptitude. You have opted for a more direct approach."

New: "Though you may be small in stature, gnomes bring unrivaled ingenuity and fierce determination to stand tall beside your allies."

Humans

Old: "Hailing from the human kingdom of Stormwind, you follow in the footsteps of valiant knights, clever sorcerers, and legendary heroes."

New: "Hailing from the human kingdom of Stormwind, you follow in the footsteps of brave knights, clever sorcerers, and legendary heroes."

Night Elves

Old: "As one of the ancient and elusive night elves, you have left the tranquil boughs of Teldrassil to aid your allies and defend the wilds."

New: "As one of the ancient and elusive night elves, you have ventured forth from the sacred forests to aid your allies and defend the wilds."

Worgen

Old: "Though the worgen curse decimated your home kingdom of Gilneas and turned you into a beast, your feral rage can be used for the good of all."

New: "Though the worgen curse infected your home kingdom of Gilneas, you have learned to master your feral rage."

Horde

Old: "You are a soldier of the mighty Horde, a diverse band of races from across Azeroth who fight for freedom and honor."

New: "You are a soldier of the mighty Horde, a disparate band of races united in their pursuit of freedom, honor, and glory."

Blood Elves

Old: "Your people, the blood elves, have persevered through tragedy and betrayal. You toil to ensure Azeroth never endures such suffering again."

New: "Though your people have endured tragedy and betrayal, the blood elves have reclaimed your kingdom's birthright and seek a bold new destiny."

Goblins

Old: "Unlike other goblins, your Bilgewater cartel has abandoned neutrality to side with the Horde for the promise of adventure... and profit."

New: "As members of the Bilgewater Cartel, you and your fellow goblins have sided with the Horde for the promise of adventure... and profit!"

Orcs

Old: "Though the orcs came to Azeroth as conquerors, your kind has shed the bloodthirsty ways of old and now stand in defense of your new home."

New: "Though the orcs came to this world seeking conquest, you now stand alongside your allies as fierce defenders of Azeroth."

Tauren

Old: "Representing the wise and peaceful tauren, you bring both physical strength and spiritual resolve to the battlefield."

New: "As one of the wise and noble tauren, you have pledged your physical might and spiritual resolve to honor the legacy of your ancestors."

Trolls

Old: "Renouncing the savagery of the other tribes, you and your fellow Darkspear trolls protect Azeroth with cunning ferocity."

New: "Renouncing the savagery of other troll tribes, you and your fellow Darkspear protect Azeroth with cunning ferocity."

Undead

Old: "As one of the undead Forsaken, you have been reanimated by dark magic. Though shunned by the living, you tirelessly strive to protect them."

New: "The undead Forsaken may be shunned by the living, but your people are determined to rise above the ruins of the past to forge a new future."

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1 hour ago, Mcdermott said:

Honestly, i think lore wise, WoW has outlived its value.   Should probably work on WoW 2 or world of starcraft or something

You realize Shadowlands is about to open up a new era of essentially uncharted cosmic lore?

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1 hour ago, durdyenglish said:

You realize Shadowlands is about to open up a new era of essentially uncharted cosmic lore?

Indeed. Past content was heavily based on past lore but it's clear they're working on "the next chapter" which I'm doubting will come out in the form of WoW 2 when the current system and graphics continue to make them money.

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31 minutes ago, Kasia said:

Indeed. Past content was heavily based on past lore but it's clear they're working on "the next chapter" which I'm doubting will come out in the form of WoW 2 when the current system and graphics continue to make them money.

Yea upgrading the graphics too much will remove a large chunk of their player base as WoW still plays decent on potatoes. Also, they'd rather just bolt on upgrades to the engine, easier and cheaper with how modular WoW is.

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5 hours ago, durdyenglish said:

You realize Shadowlands is about to open up a new era of essentially uncharted cosmic lore?

Its not about piling more new on.  There are diminishing returns with making your universe stranger and stranger as time goes on, and there are creative consequences for upping the narrative scope and danger every expansion. 

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21 minutes ago, Mcdermott said:

Its not about piling more new on.  There are diminishing returns with making your universe stranger and stranger as time goes on, and there are creative consequences for upping the narrative scope and danger every expansion. 

That logic could be applied to anything in life really, or even human history, evolution and technology itself if you want to go absolutely far as Hell with it. Things change and things happen progressively.

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14 hours ago, Mcdermott said:

Its not about piling more new on.  There are diminishing returns with making your universe stranger and stranger as time goes on, and there are creative consequences for upping the narrative scope and danger every expansion. 

It depends. WoW still has millions of players so it's still working. Can you really see them restarting with WoW 2 and essentially recreating much of the same story and encounters but with better graphics and upgraded systems? I don't know. I kind of think this will happen one day but so long as they still have millions of players and are still making bank I assume they intend to release 2-3 more expansions before possibly moving on to the point of an upgraded and restarted game.

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6 hours ago, Kasia said:

It depends. WoW still has millions of players so it's still working. Can you really see them restarting with WoW 2 and essentially recreating much of the same story and encounters but with better graphics and upgraded systems? I don't know. I kind of think this will happen one day but so long as they still have millions of players and are still making bank I assume they intend to release 2-3 more expansions before possibly moving on to the point of an upgraded and restarted game.

I'm sure they will...and im sure they'll continue to make a ton of money for quite some time.  That said, going bigger and bigger and more cosmic starts the timer on the games lifespan.  It only takes one NGE after all.

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On 4/30/2020 at 12:47 PM, Kasia said:

It depends. WoW still has millions of players so it's still working. Can you really see them restarting with WoW 2 and essentially recreating much of the same story and encounters but with better graphics and upgraded systems? I don't know. I kind of think this will happen one day but so long as they still have millions of players and are still making bank I assume they intend to release 2-3 more expansions before possibly moving on to the point of an upgraded and restarted game.

If Square Enix can do the same thing to FF7 Remake, it's definitely within the realm of possibility.

Also, can you really call it millions (plural) if it's under 2 million?

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