World of Warcraft Classic AMA Transcript

The World of Warcraft Classic team answered questions submitted by fans at the latest Reddit AMA. These were the developers and community manager in attendance:

/u/AltruisWoW – Executive Producer
/u/Chromschi – Senior Game Producer
/u/Pazorax – Lead Software Engineer
/u/Ogronz – Senior Software Engineer
/u/ZoidWoW – Principal Software Engineer
/u/Aggrend – Senior Test Lead
/u/Kaivax – Community Manager

Below you can read a transcript of the topics discussed:

World of Warcraft Classic

Athalus: WCRadio is Back Online

Back in October 2004, WCRadio launched as the first Warcraft podcast produced by its founder Athalus, and later a group of young players who joined the station to host various shows. World of Warcraft launched a couple of weeks after the show first aired, providing plenty of topics to discuss. They were linked often by Blizzard Entertainment as an approved radio show. WCRadio spawned popular online personalities like Athalus and Totalbiscuit. The community lasted and thrived until January 31, 2010 when the final show was aired.

warcraft radio logo

World of Warcraft Audiobooks / Audible Books

The Warcraft lore features a massive collection of printed media that have delighted fans over the past two decades. The first printed Warcraft novel was Warcraft: Day of the Dragon by Richard A. Knaak — originally published on February 2001.

Nowdays, there are over twenty of these Warcraft novels, comic books, graphic novels, and compendiums such as the Warcraft Chronicles series. However, there is much more out there than physical paperback/hardcover books, or digital books (Kindle). Blizzard Entertainment has eventually added audiobooks to the Audible collection.

Let’s take a look at what is out there available at the reach of your fingertips. Perfect to listen to while driving, or traveling to lighten up your downtime. Follow the link to listen to an audio sample or to purchase.

Trivia:

  • Christie Golden is the narrator and writer of the following audiobooks: Lord of the Clans, Rise of the Horde, and Arthas, Rise of the Lich King.

  • Josh Keaton (voice of Anduin Wrynn in World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth) is the narrator of Christie Golden’s World of Warcraft: Before the Storm.

For Hardcover books go to the following page.

Battle for Azeroth 8.2.5 Patch Notes

Community Manager Kaivax posted the 8.2.5 Patch Notes listing all the content players may expect in Battle for Azeroth.

A new content update for World of Warcraft is in development and will soon be available on the Public Test Realms (PTR). While not all features will be fully functional and available for testing, here’s a look at some of the new content coming in this version.

Worgen and Goblin Character Model Updates

First introduced in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, worgen and goblins are getting a long-anticipated suite of visual improvements to their character models. These updates include every aspect of how the worgen and goblins look—from their faces to their animations.

Celebrate 15 Years of World of Warcraft

This November marks the 15th anniversary of World of Warcraft, and we have some special things planned to celebrate the occasion. Players who log in during the event period will receive a celebration package in the mail with a Lil’ Nefarian pet and some other in-game goodies. Throughout the duration of the event, you’ll be able to participate in three unique raids with iconic encounters from past expansions along with an old-school-inspired Alterac Valley battleground. Players who defeat all nine bosses in the raid wings will receive the Obsidian Worldbreaker, a Black Dragonflight mount inspired by Deathwing. Players who participate in Alterac Valley and complete an achievement can earn two new mounts: the Stormpike Battle Ram (Alliance) and the Frostwolf Snarler (Horde).

A Fuzzy, Buzzy Mount

Stormsong’s Beekeepers have discovered a new hive in town. Alliance players can work with Barry to locate the hive and court the favor of the Hivemother in order to earn this mount.

New Timewalking Raid: Firelands

When Cataclysm Timewalking is active, max-level players will be able to form a raid group and enter the Sulfuron Spire once more. As with previous Timewalking raids (Black Temple, Ulduar), your gear and power are scaled to the challenge, and all the bosses and rewards you expect lie in wait.

Introducing Party Sync

During this PTR we’re experimenting with a new mode that makes it easier for players in a party to do quests and play together: Party Sync. When players activate Party Sync, everyone in the party becomes aligned to the same quest state, including phases. By mousing over a quest in your tracker, you can see who is on the quest, what their progress is, and who’s ready to turn in the quest. There’s something else we’re going to try out on the PTR, a “replay” quest feature. This will allow players who have already completed certain quests to replay those quests with their friends for rewards that are appropriate to their current level, regardless of the original level of the quest.

We’re also relaxing level restrictions on queueing for instanced content with your friends. This allows lower-level players to queue for content in their level range, and higher-level players can choose to join them by having their level scaled down while they’re in the instance. This feature will be available for dungeon instances for PTR Week 1, with PvP instances being flagged in the following weeks. Please note that unlike Timewalking, when your level is scaled down via Party Sync you will temporarily lose access to abilities and powers (such as Azerite traits) with requirements that exceed your reduced level.

Recruit A Friend Returns

Coming in 8.2.5 is a revamped Recruit A Friend system. If you have active game time you’ll be able to recruit your friends—both brand-new to the game and returning champions—to share in your adventures. To do so, you’ll be able to use a new URL generation tool to create a custom link to give to your friends. By following the link, you’ll be connected to each other and will be able to see if they have purchased game time, resulting in rewards for you! For each month your recruits have active game time, you’ll earn a new reward such as unique pets, mounts, game time and more. These rewards unlock per month and scale with how many months your recruits have subscribed for. And, of course, with Party Sync you’ll be able to journey with your friends on any of your characters. We’ll have more information about Recruit A Friend rewards when we get closer to its release.

Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you on the 8.2.5 PTR!

Source: WoW Forums

 

Patch 8.2.5 Wrathion Questline Videos

The latest Patch introduces a new 8.2.5 Wrathion questline which starts from the Earthen Guardian NPC. He can be found near the flightpath master at the Port of Zandalar (Horde), or the Tradeswind Market (Alliance). Ebonhorn’s mind is under assault by the Old god N’zoth at the Chamber of the Heart. Kalecgos has summoned you to come to the Chamber to assist Ebonhorn. You are sent into a journey to the Veiled Stair in Pandaria to search the whereabouts of Wrathion from one of his servants.

 

Patch 8.2.5 Orgrimmar and Stormwind Embassy Changes

In World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.2.5 the Orgrimmar Embassy and Stormwind Embassy have been changed. The faction leaders are no longer present there. Instead, the Pandaren leaders of the Alliance and Horde are present there for the appropriate embassy.

STORMWIND EMBASSY

 

Dragon Isles Expansion Concept

It’s time for another of my fan expansion concepts. You may have noticed there’s been a lot of foreshadowing about Wrathion and the dragonflights in Battle for Azeroth. The most tantalizing piece is an island expedition quest (Unscarred Black Scale) that reveals Wrathion is searching for the Dragon Isles. For those unaware, the Dragon Isles were a scrapped zone north of Tirisfal Glades planned for vanilla WoW. They gained a level of infamy for their cool name and this really neat concept art. It may have been re-purposed into BfA’s own Shrine of the Storm:

Outside of the concept art and some other behind the scenes information (such as The World of Warcraft Diary by John Staats), the Dragon Isles have never been mentioned in lore and were assumed non-canon. BfA changed that. From the Unscarred Black Scale quest text, this official version of the Dragon Isles is actually related to the dragonflights. Whereas the old version was just a bunch of Old God temples based on sea creatures. Obviously the concept has changed and so for this expansion I started from scratch. Yes the nautilus temple is iconic, but at this point it really would just come off as Shrine of the Storms 2.0 and that wouldn’t work in the expansion immediately following it. Maybe it could show up in a patch.

I don’t have a name for the expansion this time. I wanted to call it World of Warcraft: Dragonsworn but that sounded too close to the Dragonborn expansion for Skyrim in my opinion. I’ve tried to follow the history of expansions sounding pretty out there story wise when first announced (no one tends to predict major side stories or in some cases even main stories for real expansions) so some of the story will be pretty out of left field. Mostly the return of a certain character. Read it after the jump.

Chinajoy 2019: John Hight Confirms Sylvanas Won’t Die in BFA

During the Chinajoy 2019 Q&A session, the Executive Producer & Vice President of the World of Warcraft team — John Hight confirmed that Sylvanas won’t die in Battle for Azeroth. Not much of a surprise considering that in recent expansions Blizzard Entertainment has been using the bait and switch method of not killing the expansion’s main villain, and instead letting them escape or influence the next expansion.

Sylvanas

Activision Blizzard 2019 Q2 Results Transcript

Aug 8 – The Activision Blizzard 2019 Q2 Financial Results conference call took place today focusing on the progress to date of games like Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, and Diablo.

The company is expanding development teams and resources to accelerate their pipeline’s content delivery and to pursue new business models.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • World of Warcraft subscriptions increased since mid-May with World of Warcraft Classic beta and the 8.2 Rise of Azshara content patch.
  • Over 40,000 BlizzCon tickets were sold.
  • The Overwatch League stage 2 finals was the best performing eSports broadcast across ESPN and ABC.
  • Across all games, Blizzard Entertainment has 32 million monthly active users.
  • The WoW Team will continue to release new content (not in expansion years), in steady short-time intervals.
  • Overwatch League teams will host games in their home cities in 2020.
  • Blizzard revenue was $384 million, lower year-over-year due to a decline in in-game revenues.
  • New Overwatch content and events expected.
  • WoW Classic is automatically included in your WoW subscription.
  • Overwatch League season-to-date average minute audience is up 30% in the U.S.
  • Activision Blizzard has new IP projects underway across each of the businesses (that statement didn’t exclude Blizzard Entertainment)

Activision Blizzard 2019 Q2

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