Beta key? Yes we can.
Thanks to the last minute adhoc Team Pirate group photo (standing on the water in Booty Bay with our parrots out [all underwater]) we all got Beta keys. So this is your warning I’ll do my best to flag beta material, shove it behind “read more” links and the like but I’m going to be talking about the beta, posting spoilers and generally moaning about the number of bugs.
So initial thoughts with zero spoilers.
- We’ve a long way to go
- Bug reporting is bugged in game
- Camera flight path on the Gnome cinematic is “interesting”
- Worgen Cinematic has no voiceover
- L80 talent purchasing is broken
- No skills are implemented yet
- Two majorly bugged quests in one of the L80 starting zones
- Water…. it’s… wonderful
So on that final note I give you a screenshot behind the cut, no spoiler related material included (unless you count a shot of water and the sun).
Continue reading Cataclysm
The summer is getting to the guild quite significantly, there’s a general air of “Meh”, we have lack of numbers even for the Wednesday raid (Team Tank filled the dps gaps again), and one of the core dps has announced an intention to leave the game / greatly reduce this play time (external to wow reasons).
This week’s raiding has been juggled so we get to see Arthas again given that we’ve only killed him twice as a group, I’ve not been in on either which combined with keeping the 10-man lock for Team Pirate means no achivement OCD satisfaction for me or title. Hopefully this gets resolved tonight and we go for another dragon kill down at the Sanctum, possible some heroic training.
So, with Cataclysm coming where does this leave things?
It’s clear from the realm itself that things are very very quiet.
EO is having problems getting enough players online, even for the reduced summer schedule (Saturday is on hiatus for the moment), typically from the dps team which tends to mean we have a player or two from team tank filling in the gaps (just as well I didn’t keep the healing off spec).
Very few pugs for the weekly raid, whereas a couple of months ago /trade was spammed with them all week, the heroic queues for healers are up (4 minutes or so), though slightly perversely the queue times for dps are actually down, but I guess that’s also a sign of the number of players who are just not in the system at the moment. I’m seeing a lot of activity down in the levelling zones, so a stack of players are off getting an alt or two levelled up and shedloads more RP (I play on an RP PvE realm).
What’s coming which will bring the players back?
- Dragon lead destruction and the lead up event (that’s a no brainer)
- Reclaiming Gnomer and the Troll homeland (I’ll be playing on my horde alt for that as well)
- Cataclysm itself
- Nothing else I can think of
So enjoy the quiet while it lasts.
[Edit: 20/Sept/2010 These images are outdated, there are more recent posts on this blog as well as elsewhere which cover the new models which dropped over the weekend.]
As always, things may / will change.
Pretty much everything in the original classic Azeroth is changing, the world is being ripped apart and rebuilt. A massive undertaking, we’re getting new quest lines, the rewards are being re-worked, this is earth shattering. What about all the old content, where is it going? Away is the simple answer, more likely stored in the code repositories at Blizz Central, never to be seen again except in screen shots.
There is already wailing and gnashing of teeth over this, however it misses a major point of WoW, it’s about change. When we buy Warcraft 1/2/3, Starcraft, Sims, Civilisation etc etc then we’re getting a fixed world, some expansions might tweak it but those changes are rarely game changing, they save those for the major game versions.
WoW evolves in a way those games don’t but it follows the same model. We get the incremental changes during the expansions, where the new raid instances and dungeons are dropped, we get the game changing events at the expansions packs. The big difference is we can never go back, we can’t delete the game and just install up to expansion three, we have to live with the world as Blizz have defined it right now, it’s a living world.
Enjoy the changes.
Guardian / Blizzard Interview (part1) (part2)
Wrath dates (Wowwiki)
Beta opt-in : 03/July/2008
Beta opens : 17/July/2008
Code goes ‘gold’: 10/Oct/2008
Where does that leave us with Cataclysm? I reckon in pretty much the same place, the closed beta is over and the NDA has been lifted overnight and while there are no beta keys out yet it’s been announced that they’re selecting players.
I reckon we’re pretty much on the same timeline, with the beta getting into full swing in the next week or so and a release in November. Guess I know what I’m getting SWMBO for her birthday again.
Not much more to add, the various sites are coving things in detail, the invites haven’t been sent yet and no doubt the scammers will be blasting at full power so watch yourselves.