Blizzard is not planning World of Warcraft 8.3.5, so N’Zoth is the last big thing until Shadowlands

But you can watch world first attempts being shown off as a major event

    
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Nope.

If you had been hoping for more heritage armor, system expansion, or anything else in World of Warcraft ahead of Shadowlands… well, your hopes appear to have been dashed. A recent interview on Millennium with Ion Hazzikostas includes a passage where he states that no patch 8.3.5 is planned at this time, which in turn means no more significant updates for the game until the next expansion arrives, barring hotfixes or the like. It seems a little bit early to call this a content drought, but that sure is how that statement reads, isn’t it?

Of course, if this kills your motivation to actually bother playing the game, you can still thrill along with the whole race to get the world first clear in the new Ny’alotha raid courtesy of Method, which is pushing not just one or two streams of attempts but an entire ongoing event. The whole thing starts on January 28th when the Mythic difficulty opens, so get ready for a whole lot of raid attempts if that sounds like your viewing preference.

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Rick Mills

Wow is there a lot of whining here.

Techno Wizard
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Techno Wizard

And WoW Classic is getting more and more popular. An 8 month BFA content drought might see Classic get even more popular. BFA & Shadowlands could be doomed by WoW’s own inhouse rival, Classic…

Reginald Bottomsworth
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Reginald Bottomsworth

Is it? I really don’t know; I haven’t seen any numbers.

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Random MMO fan

It is sad that the only thing fun about watching WoW is “watch Method do boring PvE dungeon, something countless other players will also be able to do”. I miss watching Asmongold who was organizing random events like raids on Orgrimmar and other places, in WoW Classic. Sure the large city raids failed because Blizzard too lazy to modify their engine to handle large amount of players but it was still fun to watch since it was some unique content in which you could participate if you were playing on same server, regardless if you were Horde or Alliance. And it was also fun because the game felt really “massive” when seeing several dozens of players moving in same location, outside of instances.
Too bad he got burned out and does not not stream anymore.

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sirradoria

Yay more content drought

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Carebear

doesnt matter… wow patches are just more world quests and a new raid for those who seriously raid with their guild. There is really no difference if there will be 2-3-4-5 patches..

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Ben Stone

I mean, this one had a massive auction house update, two new races, more race / class combos, new progression system. On top of the two updated zones for max level stuff, the new raid and the new solo/group instances. What else were you expecting from this patch?

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Sargonnax

I could have sworn around Blizzcon they had mentioned an 8.3.5. My friends and I were talking about it at the time because Legion had a 7.3.5.

Not having the patch is not a good thing. Blizzard needs to do anything that shortens the drought between the end of one expansion and the next. Some people say its ok because Blizzard should focus on making Shadowlands great. I think that logic can kiss my ass.

Blizzard is a massive, multi-billion dollar company and some people don’t seem to see or understand that. We shouldn’t be giving them excuses.

I personally like the current game overall. 8.2 and 8.3 improved upon a horrible beginning to a mediocre expansion that nobody really wanted, but their design logic is falling into a hole they will eventually never escape from. Everything is an endless grind. I get they need to keep people playing, but they seem to have forgotten how to design good content and instead fall back on the continuous ways to make you grind for literally everything in the game with RNG being the cherry on top.

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jimthomasUS

8.3 is fun…BfA was a hot mess but I can honestly say the game in its current is actually fun. It took an entire expansion cycle but the team got there.

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Jeremy Barnes

I don’t understand how a development team with the resources that they have puts out…patch 8.3 and can feel good about themselves. They threw some ‘corruption’ over existing assets, made a quest chain and…more world quests.

I think the WoW devs design from solely from fear. Fear of having to support something in the future, fear of ‘balance’, fear of ‘raiding’ not being the focal point of the game, etc

I get the distinct feeling that they don’t go in and say, “What would be fun? What do players want to do?” and they stick their heads into spreadsheets about how ‘tuned’ a class/ability/etc is.

This whole patch feels like they ticked off some checkboxes.

Did we create new content? Yes!

Uhh…does anyone really enjoy that content? Doesn’t matter! We had to make sure they spent x time doing x activities to get x reward!

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Jokerchyld

If you consider it content is subjective and not worth arguing over. You will either like it and play or not like it and not play or maybe you will.

Its actually pretty smart what they are doing. They are effectively testing new system ideas that may make it into Shadowlands. You dont think Horrific Visions is a pre-cursor to Torgast? Are they different? Obviously, but the concept of going into an environment over and over to push further is the same. They will get a lot of real world data from this which will improve Shadowlands.

Blizzard comes across to me as if they are set up in an alpha/beta configuration. One expansion the Alpha team creates and the beta learns. Next expansion Beta team leads to show what they learn. Its been like that since MoP. MoP was alpha. WoD was beta. Legion was Alpha. BFA was beta. Shadowlands I believe will be alpha.

There is a noticeable quality and experience difference between Legion and BFA to the point it definitely was not the same exact team doing both.

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Jeremy Barnes

be Yes, that kill 4 rare world quest is definitely something new that needs to tested. Who knows, it may be different than when they did in every xpac all the way back to..that…alpha…that was MoP…same for assaults. People *love* those quests where you have to fill up the bar. Now 1% at a time! So even better.

All of that aside, it’s patently absurd to think that actively plan for an expac to be ‘bad’ or full of wild ‘guesses’. Also, if that’s the case then why were the ‘alpha’ tests the better ones? Usually the product improves in beta.

Blizzard has told us how their teams work for expansions so we don’t need to speculate that it’s not the same exact teams..or not.

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Jokerchyld

Of course its absurd to think someone plans something bad. But I didnt say that you did. The beta team isnt as good as the alpha team do the things they do in their best interest has an outcome of being bad that’s different.

But you also cant expect something to be good without failure. So what you are missing is perhaps is that it’s people from beta who go to Alpha once they have learned.

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Jeremy Barnes

Occam’s razor.

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Utakata

You can almost seem them folding their arms in their hubris, daring anyone to object, complain or criticize their decision no matter how ill advised it is when they do that… o.O

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Bryan Cole

Hmmm…while that means yay expansion is next, how long is it going to take them to put it out?

I have no desire to raid, so the new patch is not a draw for me to come back. When the Shadowlands patch hits with the new leveling system in place, then is when I will hop back in and play my alts to my hearts content without it feeling like a slog as it currently does.

I’m currently playing Lotro and there is a mega ton of content and you can skip some but it hurts your character build if you do i.e. class points for talent tree locked in epic stories, reputation grinds that are rewarding, etc.. I actually prefer this as it gives a sense of progression to the whole game and not just the current xpack. Blizzard needs this meta game put in. All the Deeds in the game are a blast too especially class Deeds where I am again, always working on progressing my character in all content I choose to do.

WoW does need some new features to bring back solid MMORPGers, it copies everything else, not sure why it doesn’t copy EQ2’s guild and housing system, Lotros Skirmish and Epic Battles, Allegiances(although this sounds like Shadowlands might be doing something similar there), reputation rewards that always offer pets, mounts and wardrobe additions, crafting guilds and so on.

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Jokerchyld

I tried out WoW Classic and still cant believe retail is the same game. The evolution is eye popping. Classic has such a foundation in old school RPG role play that its crazy. Even though it is old and many of the systems dated, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was enjoying playing classic more than Retail. I like the slower pace and the idea I’m just another PC making my way through the world as an unknown. As a good MMORPG should be.