World of Warcraft devs gab about allied races and bonus mounts

Now that pre-orders are live for World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, players have a whole new activity to keep them occupied: attempting to outwait the purchasing queue. But after that, there’s yet another activity in store, which is to unlock, level, and enjoy the four allied races that serve as prologue content for this summer’s expansion pack.

The folks at Wowhead sat down with a couple of Blizzard devs to go into greater detail about these allied races and get some clarification about attaining and playing them. The devs revealed that the moose horns on the new Tauren were controversial but ultimately made it into the game. Blizzard also said that more Silithus epilogue quests are incoming and that the new Dwarf and Troll races won’t become available until after the expansion launches.

Perhaps the most important piece of advice that Blizzard has for players is to not overlook the fact that whether or not they’re interested in playing an allied race, they can still unlock that race’s mount for their accounts by going through the recruitment scenarios.

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I reckon I’ll pick this up over the weekend and get my prerequisites done for all of them. My wife says the new levelling experience with the scaling is the new hotness and makes the game much less of an arcade-y experience on the way up. I like the flavour that these new races bring as well. If anything it’ll be great to play something like this while I wait for Rift Prime.

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overbyte

I was hoping to do the same but because the amount of daily rep is limited it’ll actually take several weeks to get enough

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jay

So are the allied races available for play for those that pre-ordered?

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Only if you meet all the reputation requirements and then complete a quest. Its the first time they have done this and its got the forums (myself included) fairly irritated. Its a gating mechanism that requires weeks of daily quests if you don’t currently have the needed rep. Essentially its an attempt to siphon extra money from players by forcing them to come back now and do dailies for a month BEFORE they can play their desired race.

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TomTurtle

How did it feel to make the Allied Race scenarios and quests where there are new faction lines and conflicts, etc, after a whole expansion of everyone working together against the Legion?
It’s cathartic after all the hand holding and working together! Nice to be reminded of why we’re proud of our factions and that means inter-faction fighting!

Bleh. I could not disagree more. A tired and contrived story device used as filler once more. Nevermind the chest-thumping, antagonistic attitude it drives between players.

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I get tired of the endless “Oh no, the Booblegogs are attacking our Snifflebum village! Just like they were in the last 7 zones! Go beat them up!”. At the same time I feel like when you really read the quests and read the lore bits in the game I think WoW has done a good job of providing some depth and breadth over the course of their narrative. Yeah the clothesline it’s all hanging from is war but the smaller stories in there can be much more full bodied.

I don’t agree with the antagonistic attitude bit. At least from the experience of the people I know that are currently playing, most of them either maintain characters on both sides of the fence or they flip flop between expansions. Don’t think I’ve seen serious players have proper faction loyalty for some time. Everyone I know has a dozen characters usually spread across a few servers.

Still quite a bit of teenage power fantasy in there though. Big helping of that.

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I’ve experienced plenty of individuals who don’t get antagonistic too, but I’ve also read many lore discussions where things get heated with factional pride and shaming. It’s not a huge deal as it’s easy to ignore, but it has gotten tiresome over the span of WoW’s lifetime. I don’t relate to the said “catharsis” of bringing back this factional divide.

What surprised me from the playerbase was after the Blizzcon reveal of BfA and how many players expressed similar fatigue over this storyline and just wanted it over with by now. I was expecting the opposite with how lore discussions usually go.

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Armsbend

The name of the series IS Warcraft. Warring is what everyone simply does.