Danny Perschonok attended the E3 2018 World of Warcraft Storytelling panel by Christie Golden, Terran Gregory, and Steve Danuser. The panel didn’t go deep into what we should expect post-launch, but it let us glimpse a bit into the process of storytelling, which is not simply done by Christie or Terran as an individual. There is a whole team of over twenty quest design developers and about 15 story development writers who chime in, share ideas, and the combination of those ideas and group decisions shapes the story.
There are two nuggets of info that came out of the panel. Someone (or plural) is going to die in this expansion, and as mentioned by Daniel Stahl at PAX East 2018, something our way is coming soon before launch. According to Terran Gregory, there is some stuff coming soon that Blizzard hasn’t done before.
That’s very intriguing on itself because we have seen that kind of stuff Blizzard has never done before:
So, really, to hear that something is coming that Blizzard hasn’t done before is exciting, and enigmatic. Could you even make a decent guess? There is actually something Blizzard did recently in Heroes of the Storm that might qualify as something never done in World of Warcraft. If you watch the Heroes of the Storm Mecha Storm Trailer, you will quickly notice that it looks like a Robotech TV Cartoon.
Imagine close up one-on-one combat, and full army combat scenes in the same vibe as Mecha Storm, and that would be awesome. Other than that, I can’t even fathom what could qualify as something Blizzard hasn’t done before for a World of Warcraft pre-launch crossmedia.
Blizzard Entertainment’s production director John Hight just teased at E3 2018 via IGN the Blood Troll race might be coming to World of Warcraft. It didn’t sound official, but mostly teased.
“On the opposite, there is Zandalar. There are a lot of troll fans out there, and I think they are going to be pretty excited about what we are doing with their culture, their mythology, and they get pretty hairy, pretty sinister. Blood Trolls are a pretty cool looking group. Don’t be surprised if you don’t see the opportunity to play as Blood Trolls at some point.”
UPDATE: Don’t be alarmed, there are no plans for a Blood Troll allied race in the foreseeable future. Blizzard is aware of what was said at E3, and quickly responded:
Ornyx: Just to clear the confusion, there was a small segment in yesterday’s E3 interview with IGN in which we weren’t entirely clear – but we want to clarify that Blood Trolls are not currently planned as an Allied Race.
It can be easy to mix up words in interviews when you’re covering a range of story points such as that of the Blood Trolls and their interactions with the Zandalari – but we just wanted to be sure we could get a note out on this before we get more Allied Race rumors flying around.
I had the opportunity to interview lead game producer Daniel Stahl at PAX East 2018. Daniel briefly discussed dynamic content, and dynamic/seasonal vendors, and possibly something akin to the Harbingers animated-drama for Battle for Azeroth. Alpha testing is its last phases as Beta Testing will begin rolling soon.
I had the opportunity to play Island Expeditions briefly at PAX East. For those who don’t know, you queue to Island Expeditions by going to a table on the west corner of the Zuldazar Port, or outside the lower end of the Boralus Inn.
Announcer: Welcome to the Blizzard Social What’s Next Panel.
Andy: Hey, BlizzCon! How is it going? It’s great to be here. My name is Andy Simons. I work on the Battle.net team. Thanks for spending an hour with us. We are excited to spend an hour with you. We’ve just released a whole bucket load of software just before BlizzCon.
Welcome to CodeCraft: Under the Hood with the Blizzard Engineering (part 2).
Derek: Good morning, BlizzCon. Welcome to Day 2, hope you had a good time yesterday. It has been a great show so far. So, today we actually managed to find five of our engineers who are still awake. Maybe they just woke up. Don’t know. Anyway, so we’re going to go through some introductions, then have a few questions for them and then we will get to your questions.
So, to kick things off, I am Derek Dupras, the engineering manager on Hearthstone, and…
Jenny: World of Warcraft Q&A. Alright, hey everyone, we are all having a good time? I’m ready. Well, welcome to the Battle for Azeroth Q&A panel live at BlizzCon 2017. My name is Jenny Bliton also known as WarcraftJen, and like many of you, I have been playing World of Warcraft for over a decade.
I think it is safe to say that World of Warcraft has changed many of our lives. It actually led me to meeting my husband. Some of you may know him as Bajheera. He has been hosting that PvP tournament over there.
But it has also allowed us to share our love, and passion for this game through content creation, and for that I could not be more thankful. To say that I am beyond thrilled to be this year’s moderator is a bit of an understatement. So as excited as I am, I know that you all are just as excited to get to the questions. We have had some amazing announcements about what to expect in this expansion, and I know I am excited to get into it.
So let’s meet our panelists who will be answering these questions. Let us have you introduce yourselves.
Mike Morhaime: BlizzCon is loaded with eSports. The Hearthstone Invitational has 12 of your favorite pros and streamers competing as teams in a set of challenges, the Overwatch World Cup will have the top countries in the world battling for the gold medal. If you are looking for world championship events, we have got those too. The World of Warcraft Arena World Championship, the Heroes of the Storm Global Championship Finals, and the StarCraft II WCS Global Finals will all crown world champions who have earned their place after years’ worth of competition.