With everything swirling about WoW Classic’s stress test this past week and next week’s Rise of Azshara content update in regular World of Warcraft, it is entirely possible that you may have missed a rather significant admission from Blizzard that could have large repercussions going into the next expansion.
In last week’s Dev Insights video, Ion Hazzikostas confessed that Blizzard went “too far” on class balance and pruning in the past few expansions. There is clearly some regret over various abilities that were either watered down or removed from the game entirely, and Blizzard may be restoring these in the future, offering more options for hybrid play and stronger class identity.
“A consistent point of feedback has been the concern that we’ve gone too far,” Hazzikostas said. “And after a lot of reflection and ongoing discussion, ultimately I would like to say that we agree with that feedback. There are places where in Warlords and Legion we were probably too focused on button count as a measure of complexity. There’s a lot more nuance to it than that.”
So if WoW is your jam, you’ll want to make sure you watch this full video to understand the direction that the team is taking the game (the pertinent discussion starts at 22:09). We’ve reposted it for you below.