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New "All Crab" Arachnophobia Accessibility Setting in War Within Alpha

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The War Within is bringing many new features to WoW, but this one may well be the most... well everything. Crazy, bizarre, weird, specific, and... useful? 

If you're one of the many people who aren't fans of spiders, but in a more extreme way, the new expansion may have been a bit much for you, as the nerubians get pretty arachnid-y with their models. Luckily Blizzard thought of that and added a brand new accessibility feature, which turns all spider-like mobs into... crabs??

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Found in the General tab of the accessibility menu, things get really crabby really fast. Here's an example from the Isle of Dorn, the first zone from the Alpha:

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Regular nerubians.

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Crabubians. Well, mostly.

It seems certain models do not get the crabification treatment, but it's unclear whether that's because it's still the Alpha and the feature isn't fully implemented, or if those models are somehow less spider-y. We're betting it's the former.

But what about old-world spiders? Do they also grow shells and get really pinchy?

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Yes. Yes they do. 

There's also slightly different types of crabs replacing the different spiders.

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And here it is in action:

So, if you were on the fence about the War Within due to some serious spider issues, you don't have to worry about it! That is, unless you feel similarly with crabs, which isn't that much of a stretch actually. Can we just get them downgraded to corgis instead? 

Also, here's a fun question: what happens to the Bloodfang Cocoon Bloodfang Cocoon giant spider mount?

 

You can check out all our War Within Alpha preview content in the hub.

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I understand the idea but it seems kind of ridiculous to me, I can't think of anyone who said they wouldn't play WoW because of the spiders. At least the last time I saw something like this was comical with how they changed the spiders to the literal word spider.

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21 hours ago, Q said:

I understand the idea but it seems kind of ridiculous to me, I can't think of anyone who said they wouldn't play WoW because of the spiders. At least the last time I saw something like this was comical with how they changed the spiders to the literal word spider.

Exactly. I personally have a terrible fear of hights and can't even stand on the smallest ladder. Yet you don't see me holding back climbing the tallest peaks in Assassin's Creed and doing all the Leap of Faiths. It's as if Assassin's Creed had an option to turn all buildings into hobbit-holes from the Shire for people like me.

Actually, that doesn't sound too bad...

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12 minutes ago, Pandabuffel said:

Exactly. I personally have a terrible fear of hights and can't even stand on the smallest ladder. Yet you don't see me holding back climbing the tallest peaks in Assassin's Creed and doing all the Leap of Faiths. It's as if Assassin's Creed had an option to turn all buildings into hobbit-holes from the Shire for people like me.

Actually, that doesn't sound too bad...

To be honest, if nothing else I'd hope they'd give updated models to the makura and crabs given we're going into the heart of the nerubian empire so it isn't just a bunch of low res models running around such a highly detailed area. It'd look so out of place.

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On 4/18/2024 at 11:47 PM, Q said:

To be honest, if nothing else I'd hope they'd give updated models to the makura and crabs given we're going into the heart of the nerubian empire so it isn't just a bunch of low res models running around such a highly detailed area. It'd look so out of place.

Hey, it could be worse. I still remember how hard I laughed when I played the game Grounded for the first time and found the Arachnaphobia-slider in the option. And yes, these are the actual ingame models you're picking between. Turn the slider all the way to the right and all you see ingame are floating white blobs.

 

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1 hour ago, Pandabuffel said:

Hey, it could be worse. I still remember how hard I laughed when I played the game Grounded for the first time and found the Arachnaphobia-slider in the option. And yes, these are the actual ingame models you're picking between. Turn the slider all the way to the right and all you see ingame are floating white blobs.

 

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You're not wrong, it could be much worse. I can understand the arachnophobia slider in a game like Grounded given that's first person and you're exploring dark environments where one of these things can just pop out of seemingly nowhere and scare the hell out of a person. I know I've gotta jumped scared more than a few times playing other games similar to Grounded when I turn around to an enemy attacking me.

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On 4/18/2024 at 5:33 PM, Pandabuffel said:

Exactly. I personally have a terrible fear of hights and can't even stand on the smallest ladder. Yet you don't see me holding back climbing the tallest peaks in Assassin's Creed and doing all the Leap of Faiths. It's as if Assassin's Creed had an option to turn all buildings into hobbit-holes from the Shire for people like me.

Actually, that doesn't sound too bad...

Something that is actually non-threatening to you in a video game vs something that has the potential to harm you IRL is a big difference. Even then, I think most people who are afraid of spiders don't understand them. Heck, I get terrified any time a bug lands on me because I don't know whether or not it's an actual threat to me or just a little friend. 

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