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Blizzard Interview with Lead Encounter Designer Scott Mercer
Blizzard has just posted an interview with Lead Encounter Designer
, including a behind-the-scenes look at the content featured in
Patch 4.1: Rise of the Zandalari
! Of course, most of these answers can now be found in-game but it's still interesting to learn how decisions were made when scaling down the content to support a 5-player format. In addition, Mercer hints that we may see more redesigned classic content in the future of World of Warcraft - including perhaps revamped
Profondeurs de Rochenoire
all for that.
In patch 4.1: Rise of the Zandalari, the devastation wrought by the Cataclysm drives the troll tribes of Zul'Aman and Zul'Gurub into a renewed frenzy that threatens to escalate into outright war.
To learn more about this troll onslaught, the
recently sat down with World of Warcraft Lead Encounter Designer Scott Mercer. Read on to get the behind-the-scenes details of the upcoming content patch, whic
26/04/2011 à 17:12
News Roundup: Cataclysm Hotfixes, Heroics, Project Titan, Starcraft II Demo
Just the latest news from the world of Blizzard, including a small batch of Cataclysm hotfixes, veiled details about Blizzard's new MMO, tips on surviving Heroics and more!
Notable Cataclysm hotfixes include:
The search radius to find an Archaeology node from the Archaeology ability Survey has been increased. This will result in fewer searches needed while in the "green" range of surveying.
Chakra is no longer consumed by a Prayer of Mending bounce.
Several shirts have been corrected so they no longer cause a player's item level to increase. They are item level 1.
In addition, another, undocumented hotfix was recently applied which will make it so that players without an appropriate crafting profession of 425 or higher will no longer be able to 'Need' roll on
Orbe du chaos
! This should be a welcome change for any users with the profession, however I still say that making them BOP was silly in the first place. But meh, we're probably just a few patches away from a change on that - and by then, it won't matter.
A hotfix was applied about an hour ago that changes it so Chaos Orbs will only be available
21/12/2010 à 19:07
Wowhead Comic #23
In honor of the release of
has graced us with another comic, written by our own
With all the fuss about Cataclysm, it's always good to take a moment to look back on the world—and the friends—we left behind...
Noxy has also put together a wallpaper of the last panel, if you'd care to download:
1280 x 1024
08/12/2010 à 20:33
News Roundup: Cataclysm Launch, Developer Interviews, Explorer's League Journal
Just wanted to try and take you guys away from Cataclysm (yeah, right!) for another news roundup!
I don't know if you guys heard, but Cataclysm launched on Tuesday!
Be sure to check out our
as well as our
The undead armies of the Lich King have been vanquished, and the campaign in Northrend has come to an end. Now Azeroth faces a new threat, as Deathwing the Destroyer has burst forth from the heart of the Maelstrom, unleashing widespread devastation upon Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms. As the world teeters on the brink of destruction, champions of the Alliance and Horde must embark on a quest that will take them from the World Tree to the bottom of the Great Sea to the elemental planes themselves, looking for a way to bring an end to Deathwing’s reign of ruin.
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm is now live and available at a store near you -- or you can [url=
08/12/2010 à 13:21
Mike B AKA Fony on the Rawrcast
just reminded me—ZAM's own
Mike B AKA Fony
did a guest turn on the Rawrcast yesterday!
The crew talk about Garrosh Hellscream, the new Battle.net site, and the Blizzard leak. Check it out on the Rawrcast site!
07/12/2010 à 21:12
Darkmoon Faire Content Fully Unlocked: New Cataclysm Cinematic
All the content on the Darkmoon Faire has been fully unlocked, and the final cinematic has been released!
If you haven't been following it, there's also a bunch of other content available there, including two interviews, a "Making Of" segment, four ringtones, two new pieces of music, and a ton of artwork.
Go check it out on the Darkmoon Faire site:
02/12/2010 à 13:35
News Roundup: Battleground Bracket Change, Vengeance Explanation, Rob Pardo Interview
I was writing up individual posts for these, but I figured it'd be best to combine them so I didn't spam your RSS Feeds. So!
More news—a post from Ghostcrawler about tanking changes, a major change to the way Battlegrounds are divided, and a cool interview with J. Allen Brack.
Read on for the breakdown, and the full blue quotes!
01/12/2010 à 13:36
ZAM Discusses Cataclysm with WoW's Lead Content Designer Cory Stockton!
recently had an opportunity to interview World of Warcraft's Lead Content Designer
and ask him detailed questions about the upcoming Cataclysm expansion! Stockton reflects on the decision to allow goblin and worgen race-changes at launch, Deathwing and the Elemental Invasion, the Darkmoon Faire and more! Check it out!
22/11/2010 à 19:50
Darkmoon Faire: Horde unlocks interview with level designer Jesse McCree
Didn't take long for the Horde to catch up! Here's the interview with
Lead Level Designer Jesse McCree.
19/11/2010 à 18:59
First Darkmoon Faire unlockable: interview with environment artist Gary Platner
Looks like the Alliance has won the first round of competition!
website has unlocked the first round of content on the Alliance side, an interview with
Lead Environment Artist Gary Platner!
If you want to see more, head to
and rep your faction!
19/11/2010 à 17:49
News Roundup: Best Buy dev chat, what to expect in 4.0.3a, old forums locked, "Darkmoon Faire" site
Since I was out for most of this afternoon, and poor
was sick, we were away for a few interesting developments today! I've gathered them together into a post for you below.
"Darkmoon Faire" Cataclysm Contest Site
Blizzard has just rolled a brand new "Battlecry" style contest site, this one called
There are several new contests, some fun toys, and a WoW-themed personality test, and you can unlock new artwork and videos (for your faction) by sharing the content on
Best Buy Dev Chat
In honor of the upcoming Shattering, Production Director
J. Allen Brack
and Game Director
, as well as CMs
, spend some time over on the Best buy forums taking questions about Cataclysm.
The majority of the content has been covered already (it's all in our Catacl
19/11/2010 à 00:27
Ghostcrawler Interview on The Escapist
John Funk over at the Escapist is a friend of mine, so when he posted an interview he did with Ghostcrawler, I figured I'd give him a shout out here.
It's an interesting interview—he gives thoughts on WoW's business model, the balance problems in patch 4.0.1, and a lot more. Check it out below!
02/11/2010 à 22:22
Lore from TankSpot on the Puggernaut Podcast!
I did an interview for the guys over at
a while back, as we noted in
. Well the guys are back, and this time they're running an interview with our friend
If you're interested, hop on over and take a listen. Here's the link:
09/10/2010 à 15:22
PC Gamer Interview with Wowhead
has just published an interview with the Wowhead team over on their website as part of their Community Heroes series of interviews. Both
take part in this interview and talk about subjects ranging from Wowhead's creation to things they'd like to see happen with World of Warcraft.
27/09/2010 à 13:20
Official Cataclysm Azshara Preview
Blizzard has sat down and talked with
about some of the changes you'll be seeing in
come Cataclysm. They talk about the concept behind the zone, as well as who will be leveling here (Horde of course!). Also, they briefly talk about what kind of work goes into redoing a zone like Azshara and about the awesome ride from the gates of Orgrimmar to the main town of Bilgewater Harbor.
You can read the entire preview after the break. Also, don't forget to check out all the awesome screenshots of Azshara in our
25/08/2010 à 20:43
Exclusive GamesCom Tom Chilton Interview - Archaeology Details and More!
Lots of interesting new Cataclysm-related information has been revealed in extensive interviews performed the
convention in Germany, and we're ready to add to it with an exclusive fan Q+A interview with World of Warcraft Lead Designer
courtesy of our friends at
! We've got a full transcript of the interview to share with you guys which you can check out after the break!
For all of you
folks out there, I've summarized the majority of important details of the interview:
When will Cataclysm be released?
"It'll be the first Tuesday after it's done." Seriously, though, they want to shoot for a 2010 release but there's still a few months of development / polishing yet.
Will we ever see the Path of the Titans?
Not in Cataclysm (of course) but it could always see a conceptual revamping and return in a later expansion.
Extensive Archaeology details!
Zones will featured specific Ar
20/08/2010 à 00:02
Blizzard Cataclysm Preview: Darkshore
Blizzard has just posted another exciting zone preview on their European forums, this time featuring
! In this Q&A with the game designers, Luis Barriga and Craig Amai, they talk about subjects ranging from their concepts for the zone all the way to what is happening at the Master's Glaive.
We also have a bunch of screenshots of
You can read the whole preview after the break.
10/08/2010 à 12:42
Wowhead Interview on Puggernaut!
I know that you all have been desperately missing the silky sound of my voice, so I spent a few minutes with the folks over at
, doing an interview for their weekly podcast!
If you're not already familiar, Puggernaut is a community of PUG raiders across a bunch of different servers, who use the Puggernaut site to arrange runs together. They also do a weekly podcast called
, and this week it would seem I am their special guest.
If you're interested in taking a listen, pop on over to their
, and take a listen!
27/07/2010 à 18:28
Anniversary Interview: J. Allen Brack
Blizzard has released a new interview on their Anniversary mini-site, this time with
J. Allen Brack
who currently is Production Director at Blizzard.
In this interview Brack speaks about many subjects, such as originally things were worked on one thing at a time now the teams are capable of balancing out several different projects at once. They then go on to touch on some of his fondest memories of early-World of Warcraft subjects being revisited with Cataclysm.
It's a great read, so head on over to the official Anniversary mini-site and check it out.
21/06/2010 à 19:01
Exclusive Interview With Ghostcrawler!
"No, you can't have a pony."So last week I had the chance to sit down with everyone's favorite Systems Designer,
, and ask him a few questions.
I collected the questions using
, and presented them to GC in a one-on-one setting. Perhaps his answers will inspire you, perhaps they will infuriate you—Mr. Street is nothing if not controversial. But nonetheless, here are the answers, straight from the crab's mouth!
I have tried to preserve as closely as possible the conversational style of the interview, directly from the transcript. If we sound awkward, well...we're geeks. Cut us some slack.
Join us for the full text after the break!
13/06/2010 à 02:01