PAX East 2014 – Warlords of Draenor: Blizzplanet interviews Kris Zierhut & Steve Burke

During the recent PAX East 2014, in Boston, Blizzplanet correspondent Anthony Vaughan interviewed Lead Class Designer Kris Zierhut and Game Designer Steve Burke to ask questions concerning the pre-Warlords of Draenor world event expected to launch sometime toward the end cycle of Mists of Pandaria. They also discuss details of the Garrisons in Draenor.

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Note: Apologies for the loud background noise. PAX East was crowded. Please, If you wish to help with the missing parts of the transcription, submit a time code (01:23) and the correction where appropriate.

I have to point out we gathered about twenty questions from the community, and only a couple were asked. Both developers got so passionate about talking of the world event and the initial experience of Warlords of Draenor that they lost track of time and kept going nonstop, and we didn’t mind at all. They truly love their work on this expansion.

Transcript

Zierhut: Hi. I am Kris Zierhut, lead class designer in Warlords of Draenor. I have worked on the game for 9 years.

Burke: Steve Burke, Senior Quest designer.

Vaughan: First question – What can you tell us about the Mists of Pandaria world event leading to Warlords of Draenor?

PAX East 2014 – World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor is officially slated to ship on Fall 2014. PAX East attendees had the opportunity to play the Alpha at the Boston Convention Center’s demo stations. Blizzplanet correspondent Anthony Vaughan has a short interview with the developers (to be posted early this week) where they provided details of the Mists of Pandaria world event leading to Warlords of Draenor. Whether there will be changes to the world of Azeroth with this incoming invasion of the Iron Horde into the present. Stay tuned.

There were a couple of other community interviews held at PAX East.

Product Overview

The heroes of Azeroth are on the verge of a war that will reforge the fate of two worlds. World of Warcraft®: Warlords of Draenor™, the fifth expansion to Blizzard Entertainment’s acclaimed massively multiplayer online role-playing game, sends players to the world of Draenor at a pivotal moment in history to fight against and alongside legends from Warcraft’s brutal past.

Across Draenor’s savage jungles and battle-scarred plains, Azeroth’s heroes will engage in a mythic conflict involving mystical draenei champions and mighty orc clans, and cross axes with the likes of Grommash Hellscream, Blackhand, and Ner’zhul at the height of their primal power. Players will need to scour this unwelcoming land in search of allies to help build a desperate defense against the Iron Horde’s formidable engine of conquest—or else watch their own world’s bloody, war-torn history repeat itself.

For more details about World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, visit the official website.

GAME FEATURES

  • Explore a Savage World: Explore the hostile world of Draenor, home of the orc and draenei races, as it once existed, and adventure in all-new zones alongside characters central to Warcraft history.
  • Build Your Garrison: Construct, command, and expand your own customizable stronghold on Draenor, and gather NPC followers to collect resources and embark on missions on your orders.
  • Jump to Level 90: Boost one character of your choosing to be ready to adventure on Draenor, making it easier than ever to enjoy the latest content alongside your friends— available now when you pre-purchase the expansion!
  • New Player Character Art: Character models and animations for many of World of Warcraft’s existing playable races are being fully revamped in keeping with the game’s iconically epic style.
  • Adventure to Level 100: Reach new heights of power and unlock bonuses to further enhance your abilities on your way to the new level cap of 100.
  • …And More: Take on a wide array of Dungeons, Raids, Scenarios, Battlegrounds, Challenge Modes, and more—no matter what kind of content you enjoy, new adventures await.

 

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PAX East 2014 – World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Recap

All PAX East attendees who play the Warlords of Draenor demo got a beta key to be used at a later time when closed beta begins.

There were a few websites who had the opportunity to interview the Warlords of Draenor developers. I’ll update this page often to collect some of them. Blizzplanet correspondent Anthony has an interview which will go up during the week.

This one is from MMORPG.com, and discusses Garrisons in general.

Perculia (WoWHead) interviewed Lead Class Designer Kris Zierhut and Game Designer Steve Burke about Warlords of Draenor.

Gamespot talked with Steve Burke about Garrisons and low-end computer systems can still choose low-res models.

PAX East 2014 – Blizzplanet Coverage

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PAX East 2014 was celebrated through April 11-13 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC). Blizzard Entertainment exhibited World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition for the PlayStation 4; and four new heroes and Hi-Res skin previews from Heroes of the Storm.

Blizzplanet correspondent Anthony Vaughan attended the event and interviewed the Warlords of Draenor developers to discuss the pre-expansion world event and the initial gameplay experience for players who begin questin in Warlords of Draenor. Check out the links below to access each page of our coverage.

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor

PAX East 2014 – Warlords of Draenor: Blizzplanet interviews Kris Zierhut & Steve Burke
Product Overview & Gallery

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition (PS4)

Hearthstone

Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas Screenshots

Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm - 4 New Heroes (Screenshots, Videos & FAQ)
Heroes - Upcoming High-Resolution Skins Overhaul screenshots
Concept Art, Screenshots, & Haunted Mines Match