World of Warcraft Shadowlands’ latest alphas has dark-skinned human options, new customization, zone selection

    
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Another alpha build for World of Warcraft: Shadowlands has gone live, and that means both more features to test and more gameplay elements to datamine from the current alpha. Of particular note is that the leveling changes planned for the game are starting to roll out, complete with buyable Pathfinder skills for Broken Isles and Draenor… despite those features being deprecated. Considering that the intro to each leveling experience isn’t quite working yet, it’s clear that this is still in an early stage, hence the rough edges.

The new build also includes new customization options for humans of both genders, including new dark-skinned face options as first previewed at BlizzCon 2019. You can also get a look at the zone of Revendreth thanks to the newest official preview, showing off both the inhabitants and the general atmosphere of this realm filled with gothic horror. So there’s clearly a lot going on with regards to the expansion, even if you might want more information faster.

Source: Wowhead (1, 2, 3, 4), Official Site
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bobfish

What do they mean Vanilla into Cataclysm? I thought all the Vanilla zones were reworked when they launched Catalcysm.

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styopa

Poor new players have to suffer 10-50 in Bfa while the rest of us can go level someplace both interesting and fun.

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Bruno Brito

BfA leveling really isn’t that bad ( the main story is atrocious tho )

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Ironwu

Eliot, what do you mean by “Buyable Pathfinder skills”? Real money. In game gold? Tokens? What?

Thanks

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Louie

Looking at the Wowhead posts it looks like in-game gold at riding trainers. Definitely would have been important to include that

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Mordyjuice

Well technically you can sell the token for gold and buy the flying unlocks, which I have no problem with I’ve sold many tokens for pocket change.

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agemyth 😩

The ability to fly in all zones prior to Shadowlands will be included in what will be level 30 flying training (post-level squish). Shadowlands zones will still be behind grinds until they say otherwise.

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Bruno Brito

Cataclysm After Vanilla?
Interestingly, the Adventure Journal does not include an option for starting in Cataclysm. Additionally, the world map shows their zone level ranges starting at 30, while late vanilla zones such as the Burning Steppes end there, which would imply that vanilla is only supposed to take characters to 30 after which they progress through Cataclysm zones.

This sounds like a terrible idea. I’m all for Cata zones being 30+ ( because flying ), but i think ALL that don’t require flying zones should scale from 10 to 50.

It makes no sense to improve the leveling and going for a level squish, and not allow you complete freedom on how to quest.

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Utakata

Their idea is to structure each expansion so one can level from 10 to 50 in to their choosing to my understanding. Which means untying much of the linear level requirements for each expansion zone. I suspect this is and will be very complex process that is using an engine that’s more than 15 years out of date, and that is prone to be buggy if a developer looks at it wrong. Hence, this what we’re seeing in alpha currently.

It will be unlikely it will look anything like this upon the new expansions release. Hopefully.

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Bruno Brito

I’m not a huge fan of it. I think it should be a open world like Everquest 2, but with scaling. The only zones that should scale 30+ are the flying zones. All the rest go 10-50.

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Mordyjuice

Or like One Tamriel even.

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Bruno Brito

Yeah, but since i’m aware Blizzard wants to make 1-10 a tutorial ( god knows why ), then their OT would be 10-50 everywhere. I don’t think they want players leveling outside Shadowlands for the last levels.

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Mordyjuice

I thought WoW already had Black People.

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jealouspirate

They’ve had dark skin as an option for humans since 2004, but what they’re doing in Shadowlands is adding things like facial structure and hairstyles options that are more common among black people.

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Mordyjuice

So like when GW2 added Afros in Path of Fire.

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jealouspirate

Along similar lines, yes. If you’re interested you can see a promotional screenshot from BlizzCon here:

https://www.usgamer.net/articles/wow-shadowlands-black-and-asian-faces-human-characters

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Rex Smashington

((Deleted by mod for racism, poster banned. Baemir is on notice for liking the post as well. This kind of comment is not funny and never OK here. What the actual fuck, dude.))

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Utakata

I’m not sure this comment is trying to be edgelord funny, or an exaggeration of dog whistle proportions, or wishing they would do this for weird and unfathomable reasons…

…what I can say with certain confidence: No they’re not!

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Mordyjuice

Yeah that’s pushing the envelope even by my standards.

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Bruno Brito

Missed the action. Quite hard to get banned here, honestly, so i’m sure i don’t care to find out what he said.

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Utakata

To paraphrase, the comment was “suggesting” to Sambo’ize the more African based options in derogatory ways for lack of more savory description. As you can see from the mod editing, you just don’t say that shit here. And rightfully so!

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Mordyjuice

So between what we both said you could win this round of Jeopardy.

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Mordyjuice

Words like Brillo and Velcro were used, but context is key.

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Bruno Brito

I’m really not curious.

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agemyth 😩

WoW had black people like most games that have black people do. That means they had very few darker shades of skin but never actually did the work to make it look right. The vast majority of games also don’t get black hair right. People have also datamined similar skin tone options for races that previously didn’t have black options at all like Blood Elves (and others)