WoW: After The Crusade – 12/20/2006

January 16th, 2007… Ah, I just can’t wait. It’ll be lagfest ’07 in Blasted Lands – that is assuming the game will be up and running. But what happens after that? I don’t mean January 17th, I mean in the months after that; after we have seen everything that the Burning Crusade brings to the table. Well, Blizzard has come out and stated that their goal is to release one expansion a year. (You can find the post here.) By an expansion, they obviously mean new lands, new instances, new abilities, and possibly new races/classes. But what could those be? Well, we know that the Northrend expansion will come sometime, whether it is the next expansion or not, it IS coming. A trip to Northrend would mean a fight against the Lich King. Now, the following is all my opinion and none of it was confirmed – ever.

I believe that the Northrend expansion will indeed be the second expansion. My guess is that it is released sometime around the summer of 2008. The reason I say that the Northrend expansion will be coming “early” is because I believe that Blizzard will be losing players around this time next year (because of various new MMO’s – Age of Conan, Warhammer Online, etc.), and they will need to come out with something BIG. A Pandaria or Great Sea expansion will not bring retired players back, but the chance to face the Lich King on the other hand, will. At what level will we fight the Lich King? Well, my guess would be at level 85. I would also guess that we won’t see anymore races, but we will see 2 more classes. Now, I am going to take a huge guess here, but I think the name will be “World of Warcraft: Expedition to Northrend”.

P.S. – In 2008, Druids will be the Warlocks of today. :p

-Punchline

Published in: on December 20, 2006 at 5:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

I Own The Internet – 12/14/2006

It started out as a mere troll post mocking the other threads on “The Burning Crusade Cinematic Premiere”, but mine was the lucky one that blew up. Now, with over 570 posts, my thread is still going. Check it out!! http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=55819940&postId=557749118&sid=1#0

P.S. – Also, don’t forget to watch the new cinematic for the Burning Crusade!! http://www.spiketv.com/events/vga2006/simulcast.html

UPDATE: I believe the thread is now close to a record high. See, threads are usually closed automatically after 500 posts, but when Drysc (a WoW forum CM) saw the thread’s popularity, he decided to re-open it.

-Punchline

Published in: on December 14, 2006 at 11:12 am  Leave a Comment  

The Burning Crusade: January 23rd, 2007 – 10/24/2006

Well, it’s true. The Burning Crusade is being “delayed” until the first month of the new year. Eyonix addressed the issue this morning via forum post.

Stated by Eyonix, “IRVINE, Calif. — Blizzard Entertainment® today announced that the release date for World of Warcraft®: The Burning Crusade™, the highly anticipated expansion for World of Warcraft, will be in January 2007. By adding a few extra weeks to the development cycle beyond its original target date, Blizzard will be able to extend the closed beta test and further refine the new content that will ship with the game.

“We appreciate the enthusiasm surrounding World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, and we’re excited about putting the finishing touches on all of the new content,” said Mike Morhaime, president and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We feel confident that the extra time spent polishing the game will result in the high-quality experience that our players expect and deserve.”

Blizzard began the closed-beta phase of testing on World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade earlier this month. The January 2007 release window will allow extra time for current beta testers to participate in the final stages of development and continue providing valuable feedback.

Further information on specific worldwide release dates, pricing, and other details will be announced in the near future.”

In my opinion, this is both good and bad. Obviously, I am disappointed because I was looking forward to playing the expansion during the long holiday break in December. But, on the other hand we now have a stable release date (January 23rd, 2007), and I doubt we will have to worry about the expansion “not being ready”.

So, what will be happening to WoW from now until January? A new patch of course!! Some confusion floated around the forums earlier, but it is now all cleared up. There WILL be a new content patch before the expansion, but it WILL NOT be 1.13. On the forums, Tseric claimed it would most likely be named 2.0. This patch will include changes to the honor system, new talents, and new abilities. So, this patch is most likely coming in for the people that won’t be getting the expansion, but it’s also there so that people will be able to get acclimated to the new changes before the expansion airs. Wow. That was a lot of typing. =P

-Attm 

Published in: on October 24, 2006 at 3:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Burning Crusade… Postponed? – 10/23/2006

Hello all!! Sorry I haven’t posted in a few days, I’ve been gone and it’s been a slow week.

I come back with some sad news. Sources say that The Burning Crusade will most likely be postponed until January 2007. Well, you can’t really call it a delay. I mean, Blizzard Entertainment never stated that it would be released around the holiday season. That was just the assumption by the community.

But, anyways… Vivendi’s Danish department stated the following, “no comment, a press release is due for tomorrow”. So, I guess we will be finding everything out tomorrow. Who knows? We might even get a strong hint, if not the actual date as to when the Burning Crusade is being released.

-Attm

Published in: on October 23, 2006 at 3:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

The NEW “Looking For Group” – 10/16/2006

Blizzard has officially announced the new “looking for group” interface coming with the release of the Burning Crusade. The new system will be accessible by a new button on the action bar next to the “social” button. After choosing “looking for group” or “looking for more”, a new interface comes up with a dropdown menu that includes:

1. Selecting Dungeon

2. Selecting Raid

3. Selecting Quest

4. Selecting Zone

5. Selecting Battleground

To find more information regarding the new interface, check out Blizzards actual description at this link.

-Attm

Published in: on October 16, 2006 at 3:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Burning Crusade BETA – 10/14/2006

Well, with the Burning Crusade most likely right around the corner (rumors state November 28th), it is obviously currently in the BETA phase. Unfortunately, I didn’t get an invite to participate in the BETA, but I know many people that did. So, did you? Please comment this post saying you did (along with some fun encounters you’ve had), or you can rant with me about not getting an invite!!

-Punchline

Published in: on October 14, 2006 at 8:03 am  Comments (1)  

Pros and Cons of the Burning Crusade – 10/13/2006

So, I was trolling the forums as usual, and I found a very interesting thread by Carcass from the Garithos realm. Carcass was invited to the Burning Crusade BETA (unlike me), and since the NDA was lifted, he would like to share a few points about the expansion. He wrote out a nice list of some “pros and cons” of the Burning Crusade.

Carcass writes,

“Pros:
– The Dark Portal is as cool as you thought it would be!!
– The Outland is huge, plenty of area to explore.
– There is plenty of content, lots of quests.
– The story is robust(you will see massive corpses of ‘famous’ lore)
– The mobs are very challenging.
– Each zone in the Outlands has some type of world PvP objective.
– Each new race has many subtle little things that make it cool. (Blood Elves have self sweeping brooms that just wander around cleaning the floors)
– Blood Elf racials a mana drain and a silence(well explore this more later)
– Loot is plentiful, sockets provide vast flexiblity
– Arena has massive potential(need more people in beta since there wasn’t much going on right now)

Cons:
– The flying mounts that are 150% speed are 5000g.
– The mob models are basically the same as the rest of WoW’s models with new ‘skin textures’.
– Lvl 60 basic mobs are difficult, feels like there needs to be balance here.
– Sockets are overwhelming. To some that like it simple, these sockets become to much.
– Loot is unbalanced. GREENs are better then some of today’s instance EPICS. Example – Lvl 57 GREEN boots that had +19 spell damage AND healing, +19 int, AND + 14 Crit rating(no more Crit %) and the loot dropped off of a basic mob. There were blues linked in our beta guild that were better then Tier 2 Epic loot.
– The Mage Water Elemental talent is a big disappointment. It looks basic and doesn’t lat long enough to be of any real help(45 sec)
– Mage Invisibility is to short to be really useful
– I have this ‘fear’ that once I’ve explored all of the Outland, which will be by the end of this weekend, I’ll be saying ‘that is not enough for me to continue on’. Which leads me into…
– It feels like the same grind, better gear, more sockets, more ‘i’m better then you’. Now for some that just want content and care less about better then you, it will last for 2 months and you’ll be done. For those that are gear crazy, it will be endless because of sockets.”

Now, I personally think this list is awesome. It gives a lot of information out to those many unfortunate people who weren’t invited to participate in the Burning Crusade BETA. Thanks Carcass!!

-Punchline

Published in: on October 13, 2006 at 9:40 pm  Leave a Comment