Nethaera answered to a series of questions about WotLK.
Quote from: Nethaera (Source)
Do you plan to release a new content patch prior to WotLK?
We do not have any new content planned prior to Wrath of the Lich King. Our efforts are focused on creating new content as a part of the expansion and to change our focus to add content prior to it's release wouldn't be productive. I'm sorry, but I can't give you an ETA on the release and it's your choice if you wish to cancel to do something else. We'll still be here and Northrend is fast becoming reality. If you choose to come back to experience it, we'd love to see you again.
The Sunwell is considered the final part of what we wanted to release (content wise) for Burning Crusade. So what you stated above is where we're at. We're happy with the content that is currently in the game and available. We are also now focused on creating new content that will be added in with Wrath of the Lich King. In many interviews we've even stated that we plan out content releases as a part of our expansions. We plan out the pacing of the content (which we have tried to improve upon with each release) and do our best to make sure that it's the highest quality each time.
There are many interviews with our designers and producers that reaffirm this information. We've had content planned out for a long time in advance. All we're doing now is moving to the next portion of our development we've had planned for the game. We're not abandoning content in favor of the next best thing. We've completed our content for the Burning Crusade and are moving on to Wrath of the Lich King as a matter of planning. We haven't been arbitrary in how we are doing things.
1. Lack of new content and summer weather are leaving raids short handed.
2. Stagnation of new content is causing some members to jump to "more hardcore" guilds in the hopes of seeing more of Sunwell.
3. Lack of new content and lack of community goals is dragging down morale and general interest in the game.
Guilds go through this during holidays, summer, etc. I understand the frustration that goes with wanting your guild to be more active right along side of you, but it always gets better as we get back into the end of summer.
Release WotLK fast or give us a definite release date.
We're just not ready yet and we're not going to release it until it's ready. It would be just as detrimental to your guild for them to come back in force for an expansion that wasn't ready for them. We can't give you a release date either. All I can say is that we are making very good progress and are getting there, but we're not there just yet.
1. Are you guys planning to release the talents for WOTLK before WOTLK like you did with BC? Or is this something that isn't decided yet? Pre-TBC with the 41 point talents was a lot of fun.
2. Any chance we could see a decrease in the experience required to level from 60-70? Even if it were just for the few months before WOTLK, this would probably encourage people to level more alts. The 1-60 changes were most welcome! I finally leveled another character, and it was much less painful than the first time around.
3. Will arena points carry over from 70 to 80?
I can't answer 1 and 3 for you just yet. When we can, we'll do our best to give you as much information on it as possible.
On #2, there is a chance, but I'm not aware of any particular plans for this at this point in time. Much like we changed leveling from 20-60, it's possible we could look at other things we can do to ease leveling in other spots where we think it needs it.
Neth, do you have any info that you can share about Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor areas that are receiving upgrades in WotLK?
As a part of Wrath of the Lich King? Hrm... I can't say of anything in particular in the old world that is getting upgrades as a part of the expansion. Although, some players have noticed a bit of construction that is happening in Stormwind (as evidenced in the PTR.)
Much like what we did with Dustwallow Marsh, any updates would be done when we felt we could get in the time and make it worthwhile for the players. That said, it doesn't preclude this from happening at some point in time. We'd like to improve some of the old world areas where we can, but we don't have specific plans at this time.
WoW TCG Darkmoon Faire Antwerp
Quote from: Blizzard (Source)
Upper Deck Entertainment Europe Darkmoon Faire series of World of Warcraft TCG events will be making a stop in Antwerp, Belgium on the 19th July 2008.
Antwerp will host a sealed pack tournament featuring the latest year of World of Warcraft TCG releases. In addition to the main tournament, players have the opportunity to play in side tournaments with prizes including Nintendo Wiis, iPods and more. The tournament venue will also offer an on-site store stocked with World of Warcraft TCG products, as well as a bank of computers to log into the online game. Check out the Darkmoon Faire website for full details.
Character transfer from PvE (Normal) to PvP realm available in futher future? (src)
No. We have no plans for opening up for such transfers in the future.
11/07 Arena Tournament qualification rank (src)
A new day, a new arena tournament update!
Standing | Team Name | Wins / Losses | Ranking
1. Play Hard Go RNG | 46 / 19 | 2010
2. PLASMA TV INC | 145 / 48 | 2002
3. la defense de ojo | 123 / 52 | 1974
4. Triple Threat | 118 / 53 | 1948
5. Dodge This | 95 / 36 | 1937
6. ojo | 151 / 65 | 1935
7. Millenium | 80 / 29 | 1899
8. aÄa Agita | 96 / 33 | 1892
9. SK GAMÌNG | 87 / 25 | 1887
10. Sik | 164 / 88 | 1863
As can be seen in the updated list, the order of the top 10 teams has changed pretty significantly since yesterday. “Play Hard go RNG” having taken the lead with an 8 point buffer over “PLASMA TV INC” in just a single day just shows how viable it still is for anyone to qualify for the regional finals.
BlizzCon Tickets (src)
Yes, we definitely intend to place Blizzcon tickets on sale "soon." :)
Soulbound items transfer from one character to another? (src)
At this time we do not have any plans to alter the functionality of soulbound items. Essentially you're asking that we remove the soulbound requirement on Marks of Honor. This limitation was set in place primarily to prevent the type of activity in which you wish to take part.
1. Will there be new realms with the launch of WOTLK and if so will they be non-transfer ones?
2. Will there be any new realm types coming? (Example different then RP,RPPvP Normal and PvP)
3. Will we see any new realms this summer to have to to level to 70 before WOTLK?
New realms are released as we feel they are necessary and we don't normally announce them ahead of time. I can't answer any of the above since they are all contingent on timing based need. If we end up needing more realms, we'll create them based for the specific purpose they need to fill. (src)
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