Earlier today, we had the chance to sit down and catch up with Greg 'Ghostcrawler' Street, Blizzard Entertainment's Lead Systems Designed on World of Warcraft. The interview is embedded above for your convenience.
During the interview, we talk with Greg about Patch 4.3 and how Blizzard felt that the update was received by players. We also discuss the Looking for Raid (LFR) tool and how that has changed up the dynamic in World of Warcraft, and we even got a chance to sneak in some Mists of Pandaria questions although information on the next expansion is understandably being given with caution.
Here is an excerpt from the interview, discussing patching World of Warcraft before the Mists of Pandaria expansion goes live.
Curse: Will there be another patch before Mists of Pandaria?
Greg Street: We said that we are not going to do another tier of raiding content and PvP season, but we will do the normal pre expansion launch patch. This would include things like the new talents and the other big mechanics changes coming in the expansion, along with the launch event that deals with the Horde vs Alliance story and the introduction of the new continent. The launch event will be similar in magnitude to what we did for Wrath of the Lich King and Burning Crusade.
Curse: Cataclysm brought us guild perks to make raiding easier like Mass Resurrection, Mass Summoning, and lower durability reduction on death. How high do you think the guild level is going to increase to in Mists of Pandaria and what kind of new guild perks do you think we will see?
Greg Street: We aren't going to double the number of guild levels or anything like that. We had to make up for the lack of it in previous expansions this time around. Players can expect a few more levels, nothing like thirty or forty more. We haven't talked much about the perks guilds will receive yet, but they will be similar to the existing perks. One idea was cheaper transmogrification, which could be fun for players.
Special thanks to Blizzard Entertainment and Greg Street for chatting with us! For more information on the game, be sure to check out the #1 World of Warcraft resource online at http://www.mmo-champion.com/.