In an interview with wowhead about WoW Patch 8.3, the developers answered important questions about the update and provide clarity about new mechanics such as Corrupt, as well as about the lore and other content.
On January 15th WoW gets (buy now for € 26.99): Battle for Azeroth with Patch 8.3 the last major update before the release of the Shadowlands expansion, which is due to be released later this year. On the occasion of the upcoming patch, Senior Game Producer Michael Byee and Lead Narrative Designer Steve Danuser have the Questions from wowhead in an interview posed. We have summarized the interesting answers and insights for you.
New gameplay information in WoW Patch 8.3
- Corrupted items came into play primarily as a narrative decision, they should fit the story of the patch – the replacement of titanium forged is "tertiary", so irrelevant. Playful freedom of choice was important – how do you want to be spoiled, what can you equip?
- The first corrupt item we get in the introductory questline.
- Corrupted items don't drop in normal dungeons, but only in the new Mythic + season, which doesn't start on day 1.
- The large flight worms during N'Zoth's invasions are not intended to prevent players from flying, but rather to illustrate how the influence of the Old God makes these regions more dangerous. You just have to be careful where you fly.
- The initial quest series is very extensive when you play it for the first time (about two hours), but should be shorter for olds by skipping sections: The scenarios around the smithy of origin and the Nalak'sha machine with Magni can be skipped via dialog , The rest of the content anyway promotes the strength of your character and rewards it with reputation, items and currency, so it is not as bad as repetition from the developers' point of view.
- Allied Races Death Knights are available to all Shadowlands pre-orderers starting in Patch 8.3. This also includes the new starting scenarios, which explain why these races can now suddenly be death knights.
- Will PvP and Dungeon rewards from removing Titan Forged have a cap in the first week? While World Quest rewards & Co. will fall to Season 3 level in the first week, the item level for these rewards will change to Season 4 on the following Tuesday.
- Lesser visions of N'Zoth are open world and not a scenario, because the developers could better clarify what the world would look like should N'Zoth win. You enter these areas and are suddenly confronted with them instead of just experiencing them in a closed area. As an Old God, N'Zoth can change reality, so that suits him.
- There is no information regarding catch-up mechanisms for the legendary cape – but late entrants should not feel punished.
New information about the lore of WoW Patch 8.3
- Players who have kept the gift of N'Zoth can, like Sylvanas followers, look forward to getting special dialog lines or the like.
- Will Ny'alotha End the History of the Old Gods? The developers point out that N'Zoth is the last Old God to "infect" Azeroth – so victory over him will bring this story to a "very good end". The emptiness itself remains, however, so no one knows whether this threat will manifest itself in a different form if we explore the WoW cosmos in the future.
- Furorion's Return – Why Now? The black prince comes into action in this patch because the black dragonflight is very closely linked to the Old Gods. Furorion wants to save the world, make amends. The Azerite Essence quests have already indicated that his crush will play a larger role in the future.
- Does Azshara's story end in Ny'alotha? The raid will demonstrate the aftermath of the Naga Queen's deal with N'Zoth and what her defeat means. According to the developers, the topic of the character in the raid will once again build up clearer and "interesting things" that will later pay off narratively.
- What will happen to Xal'atath? The developers are looking forward to seeing this character return at some point – as she herself announced – because Xal'atath is great fun for them.
- Datamining suggests that despite N'Zoth's defeat, Alleria continues to hear voices that sound even louder than before. The developers remain mysterious, but pose an important question in the room: "Were the Old Gods a channel for this whisper, or did that voice come from something bigger?"
- Why not new zones, but a revision of the Valley of Eternal Flowers and Uldum? According to the Devs, the two zones offered themselves perfectly and make sense as a setting, since they are of great importance for N'Zoth due to the facilities there. This will illustrate the questline in Patch 8.3. It also gave developers the opportunity to make the Eternal Flower Valley more beautiful again because it was changed at a time when they couldn't incorporate temporary changes like today.
- The Horde appears peaceful after the war campaign, while the alliances seem restless – this aspect will be dealt with further? The consequences of the war will definitely play a role in the future, actors cannot simply come back from the war and then say "business as usual". Despite N'Zoth, despite Shadowlands: The effects of the Fourth War will affect Azeroth for years to come, according to the Devs.
There is the full interview on wowhead in English.
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