World of Warcraft sets a date for new allied race unlocks: March 12

    
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I suppose this is a problem I'm happy to complain about.

It’s only been a half of a year since World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth launched, and Blizzard has yet to make good on all of the expansion’s promised features. One of the big remaining unlocks is the Zandalari Troll and Kul Tiran Human allied races, which the studio has held onto until it needed an easy boost of content and publicity.

The good news for players who want to roll up one of these races (possibly to gain access to their wicked-looking Druid forms) is that the unlock is almost here. Blizzard set a date of March 12th to roll these races out, although players will have to complete a lengthy set of achievements plus a quest series to gain access to them.

Blizzard Watch noted that it is unclear if March 12th will also see the release of Patch 8.1.5, which contains additional features such as Warlords of Draenor timewalking dungeons and the two-boss Crucible of Storms raid.

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Bannex

Why BfA failed:

You have to grind rep to increase the ilvl of your necklace.

What asshole thought that was a good idea? Furthermore, who were the assholes that kept their mouth shut and let it go live?

Allied races are just another stupid design choice by a dev that is the shadow of its former glory. Not only is bfa pure garbage from a systems and gameplay standpoint, the next expansion won’t be better.

These guys are intellectually bankrupt and devoid of any connection to fun.

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Ironwu

The only ‘lengthy achievement’ that I intend to work on is not subscribing to WoW anymore. At least not until Classic WoW is available! :)

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Matthew Yetter

Oooh, exciting. Grind rep up enough to be able to reroll with a new look while you then replay all of the content you’ve already done — most likely several times over.

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Andy McAdams

Don’t forget you can also pay $30 USD to transform the character that you have months or years of /played time into the new race you just spent 3 months of daily grinding to unlock.

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Giggilybits

So what exactly did this expansion offer? Warfronts are PVE garbage. Island Azerite gathering whatever its called is garbage. Azerite armor is complete garbage. No new spells or abilities. The quests/zones/dungeons are well done and the PvP still rocks but I feel I got completely ripped off here.

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TheDonDude

Legion-lite.

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Danny Smith

A shift towards mobile gaming reward and content loops to prepare the userbase for a WoW gacha?

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Andy McAdams

“garbage” is too harsh – but this expansion is an Epic miss – not only is it not in the ballpark of what people wanted, I don’t think its even in the same hemisphere. Of course Blizzard being the arrogant bastards that they are won’t admit the flubbed up royally and will continue to lecture the community about the game is really fun, they are wrong for thinking otherwise.

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Zora

Someone with way more attention to detail than me pointed out that it clocks at around the time the six-months promotion is meant to expire… not sure if that is the case as I didn’t keep track but that was what most people expected.

Sure hope that’s not their new MO because if next expansion they “release” a new class but you have to six months to actually try it out….

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Jeremy Barnes

This doesn’t make sense…the timing lines up, but the six month promotion was pay for six months and get a mount. The numbers of people that likely took advantage of six months solely for the mount and aren’t planning on playing past that date are likely realtively small.

This is trying too hard to find conspiracies.

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Danny Smith

too little too late, if i want to regind from level one to cap just for a skin i’ll play Warframe.

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Pepperzine

Gotta do better than that to create more hype, these races should have been available at the launch of the expansion and without needing to be unlocked.

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TheDonDude

Yeah I don’t get the point of hiding what should be a big “come back and play WoW!” draw behind a lock.

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Hikari Kenzaki

I don’t play WoW, I tried, but just couldn’t. That being said, that’s kinda the read on got on the entirety of the latest expansion. “Please come back and play, but only if you never actually left.”

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TheDonDude

Yes! Exactly. I’ve been playing throughout BFA (I like my guild) so unlocking Kul Tirans is going to be no problem at all.

But for someone who gets that WoW itch, sees the awesome new allied races, and considers returning? They’d have to put in a ton of work before they’re allowed to play the feature that lured them back in.

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TheDonDude

…the Zandalari Troll and Kul Tiran Human allied races, which the studio has held onto until it needed an easy boost of content and publicity.

Is that just sarcasm, or is there actually a reason to believe they deliberately held it back for some reason?

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Pepperzine

Is there a good reason they weren’t released with the expansion O.o

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TheDonDude

They weren’t ready yet?

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Pepperzine

Considering there are tons of NPCs of both races it seems unlikely in my opinion they weren’t ready or very close to ready when the expansion launched.

I also wouldn’t consider a feature being advertised with an expansion not being ready until 6 months into the expansion a good reason *shrugs* but I guess that falls into the subjective opinion of what’s a good reason and what isn’t.

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Eliandal

From announcement, they’ve always been ‘future content’. The unlocks (whether right or wrong) have always been based on the current storyline.

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TheDonDude

Agreed that they flunked out by not having them ready. That said, I don’t buy the idea that they deliberately held them back. WoW has a huge number of NPC races, but that doesn’t mean they’re easy to turn them into PC races.

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Pepperzine

I can see that point, though the races of these NPCs were designed with the people designing them knowing they were going to be used as player races. It’s not the same as other NPCs races where in hindsight the steps involved with making them would have been different. Many of the animations were already in place, it’s really about the animations for the spells for the different classes they’ve selected. Additionally, if I am remembering correctly these races use skeletons of previous races like the other allied races (Kul Tiran have been purported to use the Pandarens, though I don’t remember the one for the trolls as I am admittedly less interested in them).

To me it seems more likely they deliberately held them back rather than the struggle of making them playable races was so detrimental throughout development, launch, and the months after launch that it took them this long to release them.

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TheDonDude

Nah, if making playable PC races were easy, more MMO’s would do so. There’s just such a massive gulf between NPC and PC that it takes hard work. Consider fitting of seven expansions’ worth of gear onto a new model.

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Pepperzine

If you’re not using pre-existing skeletons and design all new textures sure, but in this instance I’m not buying that explanation based on how they approached the other allied races, the textures being made for the NPCs, and the amount of time they had to develop them. Will have to agree to disagree.

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TheDonDude

Yeah, definitely on the disagree side.

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Neurotic

The skeletons thing would make sense, because I remember reading that one potential problem with new races is that getting all the thousands of existing armour and weapons to scale and fit their bodies is a monumental task. At the least, they all have to be checked on both male and female models, which must take a hell of a long time.

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Eliandal

Ouch;)! Now there’s a question sure to bring out the conspiracy theorists!