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.
— Angela O'Hara (@FellminaGames) July 19, 2018
As I look upon this lovely and heart-wrenching image, my RL pup is curled up under my desk staring up at me.
Right. In. The. Feels.
Don't worry. You'll see Hati again. Just give it a bit of time. https://t.co/bdUZJnmbFA
— Steve Danuser (@SteveDanuser) July 19, 2018