Blizzcon '09: Diablo III & WoW Private Q&A

Blizzcon '09: Diablo III & WoW Private Q&A

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WoW Production Director J. Allen Brack and Diablo III Game Director Jay Wilson had a small Q&A about their respective games and spoke about the fate of the Diablo II heroes, who the final boss of Cataclysm would be, and if there was a planned end to World of Warcraft.

When will WoW End?: Someday, WoW may end, but it won't be at level 100 as people are predicting - in fact, Blizzard hasn't even considered it. "There is no planned ending point for WoW at all."

Will WoW players get to create high-level characters?: While Brack said that they've considered giving long-time players the ability to start characters at higher levels, as intimidating as level 85 - much less 100 - is, it won't take much longer. "We don't want the amount of time it takes to get to max level to change. The amount of time it took you to get to 60 will be the standard to get to 70, or to 80, or to 100, or whatever the level cap is."

Will there be a dungeon after Icecrown Citadel?: "We may do something small, but the Lich King is the final boss of Wrath of the Lich King, and Deathwing will be the final boss of Cataclysm.

Are there any plans to update WoW character models?: Brack said that the team had "talked a lot about it recently," since the Worgen and Goblins would look better than the already-better-looking Draenei and Blood Elves from Burning Crusade. The team tries to do small graphical changes at any one time, "because as soon as we do it, we get a slew of comments about how they don't look as good as the old ones." Still, the team was considering giving people the option which model they wanted to use - would it come in Cataclysm? Well... maybe. It's Blizzard, after all.

How did the WoW team react to the Cataclysm leak?: They "went through the five stages of grief, really. It's hard to not have this initial irritation, where you work on something, you want to build up a surprise, an awesome reveal, and have it yanked out from under you." But as the weekend went on, and they saw how the WoW community was getting excited about the news, it became easier to accept. "The reality is, the fans still went crazy for Cataclysm.

How familiar will you have to be with the lore to enjoy the Warcraft movie?: Well, the script isn't finished yet, so there's no way to know for sure, but the goal is for it to be a great story first, and a great experience. "Like Peter Jackson - he did a great movie that was awesome for the Lord of the Rings, but if you'd never read LotR in your life you just saw a damn good movie."

Why start at level 6 for the Worgen and Goblin starting zones?: Well, for Goblins, the answer is simple - levels 1-5 aren't done yet. But for the Worgen, in those levels you actually start as a Human, get infected by the curse, and eventually unlock your Worgen form. "It's a great experience, but not a great BlizzCon experience. If you want to play Worgen and start off looking like human, it feels like a letdown."

What Act was the playable Diablo III demo tied to?: The desert level we got to check out was from Act II, but the Act visions are not quite the same from D2 - they're "more of a story division than a geographic division. They're a nice bookmark; 'Where do we put our cutscenes?' and every act will have a different tone from a story standpoint. But there will be multiple towns, maybe even multiple areas within each act."

Will the fancy new Battle.net features for StarCraft II be in Diablo III?: Almost certainly - if you're in Diablo III, you'll be able to chat with your friends in SC2 or WoW via Battle.net, though there may not be plans to support legacy content like Diablo I in the same way. But there will be easy communication, and the same easy matchmaking - you will "choose a character, hit a button, and you're in a game with someone else."

Can we save Diablo III replays like we do StarCraft II?: Wilson admitted that one of his programmers had told him just the other day that it would be possible - but that was literally the only conversation he'd had on the matter.

Will we see Diablo II's hero in D3 like we did the hero of the first Diablo in D2?: "You will see the fate of, not necessarily every Diablo II hero, but some of them." In fact, the Barbarian is supposed to be the same Barbarian from D2, which is why he looks older like that.

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Will the fancy new Battle.net features for StarCraft II be in Diablo III?: Almost certainly - if you're in Diablo III, you'll be able to chat with your friends in SC2 or WoW via Battle.net, though there may not be plans to support legacy content like Diablo I in the same way. But there will be easy communication, and the same easy matchmaking - you will "choose a character, hit a button, and you're in a game with someone else."

Thats not fancy...

What Act was the playable Diablo III demo tied to?: The desert level we got to check out was from Act II, but the Act visions are not quite the same from D2 - they're "more of a story division than a geographic division. They're a nice bookmark; 'Where do we put our cutscenes?' and every act will have a different tone from a story standpoint. But there will be multiple towns, maybe even multiple areas within each act."

Does this mean we get to revisit Lut Gholein? Cause I loved that town and all of Act 2...actually why don't just remake Act 2, remove that Astral level, and put it in D3 cause that Act was awesome.

Also...Act visions...Act visions...Activision!! DUNNN DUNNNN DUNNNNNNN!

Should be interesting...

I have a feeling that Blizz is going to be getting an assload of my money in the near future.

Great interview. The goblin starting zone looks insane!

No, I will NOT apologize for uttering a girlish "GLEE!!" when I heard that the DII barbarian is coming back.

You don't understand, Internet. I've spent more time with that burly guy than any real person.

I...I love him.

Glad to hear they're considering changing the character models for old races. Humans and Taurens looked terrible at release, let alone now.

aye new models are good
The fact that they aint gonna do another dungeon set this expansion after icecrown is upsetting,
BTW they have a date for 3.3?

GOD FUCKING DAMN IT BLIZZARD! no I am sticking to my guns, every bit of cash I give to blizzard funds activision and I fucking hate activision, yup i'm cutting off my nose to spite my face

CantFaketheFunk:

When will WoW End?: Someday, WoW may end, but it won't be at level 100 as people are predicting - in fact, Blizzard hasn't even considered it. "There is no planned ending point for WoW at all."

^_^

CantFaketheFunk:
Will WoW players get to create high-level characters?: While Brack said that they've considered giving long-time players the ability to start characters at higher levels, as intimidating as level 85 - much less 100 - is, it won't take much longer. "We don't want the amount of time it takes to get to max level to change. The amount of time it took you to get to 60 will be the standard to get to 70, or to 80, or to 100, or whatever the level cap is."

^_^

CantFaketheFunk:
Are there any plans to update WoW character models?: Brack said that the team had "talked a lot about it recently," since the Worgen and Goblins would look better than the already-better-looking Draenei and Blood Elves from Burning Crusade. The team tries to do small graphical changes at any one time, "because as soon as we do it, we get a slew of comments about how they don't look as good as the old ones." Still, the team was considering giving people the option which model they wanted to use - would it come in Cataclysm? Well... maybe. It's Blizzard, after all.

^_^

CantFaketheFunk:
How familiar will you have to be with the lore to enjoy the Warcraft movie?: Well, the script isn't finished yet, so there's no way to know for sure, but the goal is for it to be a great story first, and a great experience. "Like Peter Jackson - he did a great movie that was awesome for the Lord of the Rings, but if you'd never read LotR in your life you just saw a damn good movie."

^_^

Goddamnit, Blizzard, stop giving me so many reasons to return to WoW! It costs $15 a month ferchristssakes! I can't afford that!

...Or can I?

No! Must...lock away...impure...thoughts...

CantFaketheFunk:
Blizzcon '09: Diablo III & WoW Private Q&A

When will WoW End?: Someday, WoW may end, but it won't be at level 100 as people are predicting - in fact, Blizzard hasn't even considered it. "There is no planned ending point for WoW at all."

Translation: When we've milked it dry of every last dime.

How familiar will you have to be with the lore to enjoy the Warcraft movie?: Well, the script isn't finished yet, so there's no way to know for sure, but the goal is for it to be a great story first, and a great experience. "Like Peter Jackson - he did a great movie that was awesome for the Lord of the Rings, but if you'd never read LotR in your life you just saw a damn good movie."

Comparing the lore of Warcraft (particularly what it's turned into since WoW) with Lord of the Rings is like comparing McDonalds with a five star restaurant. Come on, get real, it will be a cheap tie-in to attract more players to WoW. You never considered a movie until WoW.

I don't think that Cataclysm was a surprise announcement. It was the only bit from Warcraft that hadn't been used yet.

And I wonder if since you can race change whether or not you'll be able to change to the new races so you have an instant high level (I'm guessing not).

MrPop:
I don't think that Cataclysm was a surprise announcement. It was the only bit from Warcraft that hadn't been used yet.

Wrong. Emerald Dream (Well, so far it's been a fleeting visit), Argus, elemental planes, the Maelstrom itself, the missing islands. Plenty to go. They could also add in other planets that aren't Draenor/Argus, or take us to the "back" of the planet of Azeroth. Of course, Draenor could always be remade after the events of TBC and possibly see an update to Northrend at some point. Time wise, this will be roughly the year 27/28 region, as WoW is 25, TBC is 26 and WotLK is 27 (measured from the events of Warcraft 1 in the official timeline). Caverns of Time also have huge potential for future instances or even whole zones (e.g. Azeroth before the Sundering).

MrPop:
And I wonder if since you can race change whether or not you'll be able to change to the new races so you have an instant high level (I'm guessing not).

It will most likely be disabled for the new races for a while, I'd guess, just so people experience the races correctly. By that, I mean 1-85, with the relevant starting zones and redone zones. If it's anything like the transfer on new realms, we'll be talking about 3 months I'd guess.

coldalarm:
. Caverns of Time also have huge potential for future instances or even whole zones (e.g. Azeroth before the Sundering).

When you have to use the Caverns of Time to go back to a previous time you used the Caverns of Time (ie. Old Hillsbrad), thats when I'll get on board in a big way ;)

Bleh, Less WoW and more D3 dammit!

Oh, and until WoW brings in the Emerald Dream, I aint touchin it. And it better not be part of an expansion.

i miss my horde of skeletons. i miss you skellies 1 and 4 and green mage i know how much you suck but you where my favorite.
and my rage at Duriel how i miss my rage as he turned you all to bone dust.

 

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