Nothing overly exciting on the Blue Post front today. Here goes, though:
Will the level cap be increased beyond 80?
A player explain why he rather not see the level cap to get increased anymore past eighty and Bornakk of Blizzard replies with:
We don't have any details to share beyond Wrath of the Lich King.
That said, before we start to think of things that are way down the road, focus on the present. Why have you spent the "countless hours" gearing up your characters right now? For me it is to feel that I accomplished something with the new character. I enjoy knowing I have multiple characters all leveled up and ready to go if I need them.
As for the leveling part. I used most of my AQ40 items a decent ways into leveling to 70 and they made leveling go quite a bit easier for me which I felt was a great reward. Something to keep in mind is that there was a change in item setup in The Burning Crusade to where you saw a lot more stamina on basically everything.
In Wrath of the Lich King we don't currently plan to rework an entire statistic like that, so instead the items will just get more powerful at a more consistent rate. Of course anything can still change so we'll have to see how things turn out.
Personally I'm all for more levels in World of Warcraft. Leveling up is quite fast, so more levels usually also mean more content to experience while leveling up. As long the cap is only increased with each expansion, it shouldn't be a big issue, considering Blizzard tend to take quite... awhile.... to release something as major like an expansion for WoW.
What's your thoughts, dear reader? Should the level cap get increased even more after 80, or should it stay?
Heroic Old World Dungeons
I'm sure there's quite a few of us who'd love to see old world dungeons getting heroic mode added to them, but will it happen? Bornakk tell us the current plans regarding this:
We currently have no plans to implement this. Whether we made them tuned for level 70s or 80s they would be left behind again at some point but don't get me wrong, it's a fun idea, it's just that right now we are focusing on all the dungeons we are adding in Wrath of the Lich King, their regular and heroic versions, along with the dual setup of 10 and 25 person versions for each of the raid dungeons.
It's a shame that Blizzard have no plans for the time being to add heroic versions of old school dungeons such as Stratholme, Scholomance and Dire Maul. Even lower level dungeons, such as Maraudon and Dead Mines would be amazingly fun to dungeon crawl through if there were heroic versions. Ah well, let's play the wait game and see what the future has in store.
Updated textures with Wrath of the Lich King?
A player is asking if we're going to see updated textures with the Lich King expansion, since he feel WoW is a bit too much "WC3.5" (Warcraft 3.5). Nethaera, a Blizzard representative replies:
We have some really amazing graphics and textures going in with Wrath of the Lich King. I believe the art team is really outdoing themselves as have all of the teams developing the expansion. We are still retaining the style that makes Warcraft, well, Warcraft, but hopefully you'll enjoy the newer elements that are being added in and the design of Northrend.
From what I've seen so far, Wrath of the Lich King is dead on with how I picture Northrend like; dark, grim and cold. Burning Crusade was a bit sci-fi inspired and it seems like Lich King will go back to WoW's roots and be more fantasy-like. Time will tell, though.
Are we going to see a change in minimum requirements for WotLK?
This is a question which appear quite often. Nethaera replies:
Sorry. No updates on that end to share at this time. You know the drill. If and when we do have something to share we will.
A slight change in the minimum system requirements wouldn't hurt, if we get nicer and more rich and detailed textures. What's your thoughts? WoW is famous for it's incredibly low system requirements.
How will the Closed Beta for Wrath of the Lich King work?
As always, with a Closed Beta for a game, there's several ways to get in. Through friends and contacts and usually there will be contests on different websites and it's possible a sign up form exists. Nethaera share some details regarding the Lich King closed beta with us:
We generally pull from many places so that we have a good variety of people in the beta. Some of it is random and some are winners from contests, or specific groups that we want to pull from. We don't have a specific schedule for you on who we will pull in or when to share with you, but we'll do what we can to keep people as informed as possible.
Also, there's no real experience needed to get into the Closed Beta, except that you have a World of Warcraft account in good standing of course...
There is no minimum level of experience needed since we look at a broad spectrum of testers. We want people of all experience levels to be able to share their experiences with us so that we know where we might need to work on something more. We don't necessarily want to make one aspect too hard or too easy on either end of things.
Something that many might find interesting is that there will be a sign up process to "apply" for the Closed Beta.
I just thought I'd update this thread with a little extra information to let people know that there will be a sign up process when it comes time for the beta as well.
Please note that that time is not now. Please be aware that there are some scams currently running that are asking people to sign up for Wrath of the Lich King beta. We will let everyone know when it is time to sign up.
Comic Contest: Honorable Mentions
Blizzard updated their Comic Contest gallery with a new Honorable Mentions comic.
Impressive Fan Arts
Azazel a very talented artist has released two sexy fan arts, they might not be considered safe for work, take this into consideration please.
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