World of Warcraft Hunters launch #SaveHati campaign

    
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With this week’s World of Warcraft pre-expansion patch, Blizzard has made one group of players deeply unhappy by putting down their pet dog.

Some — but not all — Beast Master Hunters are mourning the loss of their Legion companion Hati, who disappeared with the de-powering of their artifact weapon. Players who had grown attached to the blue pet over the past two years have taken umbrage with the studio for callously stripping it away with Patch 8.0, and the BM community has rallied together to launch a #SaveHati campaign on the forums and Twitter.

“For many hunters Hati is a person, a friend, a companion who has been part of our story for months. Years?” one player posted. “To many hunters, pets are more than just a weapon. To me, Hati is a full-blown character who is tightly bonded to my hunter,” said another.

Blizzard fielded a question on Hati during this week’s livestream, teasing the possibility of the pet’s return in some form in the future — but no plans and no promises were made in this regard.

Update: Looks like it’s working! MOP reader Tom pointed us to this tweet:

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Dug From The Earth

im a bit confused as to what the fuss is about

Nearly EVERY hunter i bumped into (including myself) changed Hati to look like another tamed pet.

So is the issue simply that hunters can no longer duo pet theme? No more Cat+Dog… or Double Ghost Bear, or Moose + Squirrel? That was the only downside I saw from this whole change in the patch… That is until I saw the first tier of talents. The one that lets you once again, have a 2nd pet out permanently. It takes the first pet you have in your stable and that becomes your new 2nd pet. It kill commands, and auto attacks. DPS boost AND visual style theme…. Im more than happy with that.

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Utakata

If you (and others) think that, then you (folks) have missed the point. Whether or not this Hati was a doppelganger of your main pet or not, it was still the BM Hunter’s companion that was unceremoniously stripped away.

Either way though, it only shows evidence of the callousness and the inability of the devs to connect the dots when making their changes for whatever reasons. As it was indicated at first that many of the Artifact specific spell/abilities would be baked into the respective specs or baselined…when they where not on 8.0’s release. Perhaps one should focus on that elephant in the room regarding this issue, as opposed to getting hung up on the silly semantics of it. Just saying.

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Dug From The Earth

All i was saying is that myself, and pretty much every other hunter i came across, didnt use Hati as their companion. They used the option to pick a DIFFERENT pet as their 2nd companion… and that option is still in the game.

For those seemingly few people who actually used Hati in its native companion form, yeah… would suck to lose something you enjoy. But for everyone else, im simply pointing out that there is still an option to have what you enjoy.

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styopa

Agreed. Far, far too much emotion invested in this “precious irreplaceable pet” that you had for what, like 10 levels (30 hours? 40?) out of the 14 YEARS you’ve been playing this game?

/feelz

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Nathan Aldana

..and? my main hunter pet is a robot squirrel who i’ve only had since robot pets became a thing.

doesnt fucking mean im not attached to it the same way you are to some rando wolf you tamed 14 years ago.

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Utakata

I know what you said, and you are missing the point in declaring that.

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Dug From The Earth

Im not missing the point

Since your first reply, I fully have understood how and why some people might be upset on multiple levels that blizzard would give them something to get attached to, only to snatch it away harshly. Regardless of if I personally feel the same way.

On the flip side… my original post was only giving helpful advice to those players who might have been upset that their 2nd functional pet was now gone. Informing them how to get that functionality back. You coming here and belittling that helpful advice because it didnt fall into the realm of heartbreak and betrayal you were insisting this whole ordeal has to fall under, is just kind of a self centered act.

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Pingly

They work hard to give these objects “character” in their movements, sounds. They made sure the dogs leap with joy as they run.

People have different levels of attachment and empathy. For some of us they win our hearts.

I like when those who “care” about something get a hug every once in a while instead of being made fun of.

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Oleg Chebeneev

WTF? Its just a carbon copy of hunter’s main pet that just repeats main pet’s attacks. Why would anyone miss that?

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Jake Boller

I feel this is bad game design. Expansions should expand things, not take stuff away.

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cursedseishi

Honestly, that is how WoW’s expansions have always worked though. The only permanence is the level of the character. Anything and everything else is trash the second the expansion ends.

For instance, them killing off Artifact Weapons–and by extension, removing any and everyone’s chances after the end of the expansion to earn several skins and the like for them. Or the Farm in Mists. Or the Garrisons. Or Class Halls. Hell, by this point I’d even argue Flying Mounts to an extent.

And none of it is necessary either. I get the feeling though that Blizzard is thinking less of how to create progression through the series and more so ‘how can we waste people’s time over the course of the expansion’.

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Oleg Chebeneev

There is a reason why WoW with its sub model is still afloat and hugely popular. And its definetly not bad design choices.
They expand on good things and remove bad things also not allowing abilities to bloat. There were like 70 abilities we used in WoTLk. Can you imagine how much there would be now if they just added more and didnt remove anything. The same clusterfuck as EQ2 has or worse.

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mysecretid

I always kind of shake my head in disbelief whenever developers give players something in the hope that the players will actively like it, and then those same developers blink in bewilderment when they take away that same something, and the players become upset.

It’s a a truism in politics, and some developers may need it printed out and framed on their walls: “Never give the people something they like, and then take it away, if you want to keep their good will”.

The original companions in Star Wars: The Old Republic, anyone? Exactly.

Honestly, this goes all the way back to schoolyard etiquette, and children’s shouts of “No takebacks! No takebacks!”

My opinions anyway,

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Loyheta

Bm is the only Hunter spec I like and it’s only for the pets. Hati was alright but I mainly want to keep it because Skoll will be lonely.

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Daniel Reasor

Every one of these players spent the last two years complaining about Hati’s janky, unresponsive AI.

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Minimalistway

As my main is Beast Master hunter, i’m happy Hati is gone, sorry folks, one hunter one pet, i’m happy Blizzard updated many pet models, so i’m back to my favorite gorilla: Bailey, but Hati? if they bring it back then it should be optional, a talent, please don’t force it on everyone.

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Aggelos

Not going to lie. I read this as a #SaveHaiti campaign and I was like “Oh was there some new tragedy in Haiti that WoW is having a charity for?”

Nope…