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Blizzard worried about hardcore’s reaction to Pandaria

Friday, 23rd March 2012 02:41 GMT By Brenna Hillier

World of Warcraft lead systems designer Greg Street has concerns about how long-term players have reacted to some of Blizzard’s newest additions, like pets and farming.

“I worry about the perception. I think after BlizzCon we faced this misperception that we were somehow forsaking our hardcore players. Which is not at all what we were doing,” the designer told Gamespy.

“There’s plenty of violence and sadness and death still going on in World of Warcraft. We’re not trying to dumb it down or shoot for a lower age demographic or anything like that. We’re just trying to offer more varied ways for players to play the games.”

Street said Blizzard needs to provide alternate gameplay avenues or risk player boredom.

“If someone logs in and says, ‘I’m tired of PvPing, I’m locked out of my raids for this week, but I still want to play,’ you can go work on your factions. We have seven factions that all have these little mini-games you can do rather than just ‘I’m gonna kill Furbolgs until I’m exalted.’ That’s not the kind of gameplay we can keep asking players to do year after year.”

That said, lead quest designer Dave Kosak is quite clear that World of Warcraft will always remain true to its core gameplay.

“We’re not going to significantly change up WoW at any point in the future. I think there’s an expectation when you play WoW. Honestly, I think our combat game is really fun,” he said.

“When you get a quest to kill ten things, that lets you be your class, and you know exactly what to do, which means that you can concentrate on the story, concentrate on the atmosphere, concentrate on chatting with your friends. You can really be in the world.”

World of Warcraft’s next major content expansion, Mists of Pandaria, has gone into beta.

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2 Comments

  1. Erthazus

    Gosh, his comment is full of shit. I’m sorry.

    “We’re not trying to dumb it down or shoot for a lower age demographic or anything like that. ”

    So that’s why you Nerf raids Every 2-3 weeks for +5%? That’s why you introduced LFR? That’s why you started to sell mounts for 20$ like Heart of the Aspect that should be a reward for Dragonsoul raid? That’s why you completely nerfed dungeons just for the sake of experience sacrificing all the fun out of them (tactics, challenge)? That’s why you nerfed a crafting system?

    This guy is full of …

    “‘I’m gonna kill Furbolgs until I’m exalted.’ That’s not the kind of gameplay we can keep asking players to do year after year.””

    bullshit of giant proportions. Right now, if you are raiding for at least 2 times a week for 3 hours and doing a bit of PVP Arena you have nothing to do but “Farm” something for achievement. This can be reputation or boring daily quests that involve doing the same shit every day. I’m not saying that doing shit everyday is bad, but he is speaking like Jesus created quests and daily quests.
    there are not enough mini games to interest a player.

    “When you get a quest to kill ten things, that lets you be your class, and you know exactly what to do, which means that you can concentrate on the story, concentrate on the atmosphere, concentrate on chatting with your friends. You can really be in the world.”

    that guy is the biggest Blizzard moron. I don’t know what to say.

    I just know for sure that i’m done with World Of Warcraft even if i have 8900+ achievements and i finished Dragon Soul Raid Normal for one week (which is the third guild to do it on the server) and progressing at HC with 6/8. Good luck Blizzard creating your LoveCraft in the future. I really hope that this is the end of World Of warcraft even if one side of me really don’t want that because i spent a lot of time playing WoW.

    But Blizzard is full of it these days. Such a great company in the past.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. GwynbleiddiuM

    Erth bro take it easy :D. Well to me at least MoP sounds ok and I usually don’t care about the features they implement for different demographics as long as it wont impact my game in a negative manner. Cataclysm was boring for me coming after Wrath of the Lich King to cataclysm was just plain bad, but MoP seems ok in my book has a lot of new features and takes a page out of classic WoW with not revolving around a major villain and focusing on factions. I just can’t wait to shove my sword down to Garrosh’s throat.

    #2 2 years ago

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