World of Warcraft: Shadowlands gets a new alpha build with updated abilities and new models


A new alpha build of World of Warcraft: Shadowlands has arrived, and naturally that means it’s time to start datamining the heck out of it. Needless to say, the enterprising dataminers have already uncovered things, like a variety of anima powers as well as datamined ability changes. (Don’t get too worked up on those changes, since the changes were to abilities not even in testing yet.) It also includes a number of changed and altered text strings, including for Gnomes and Worgen.

Beyond that, there are new models being mined out, including the Ardenweald Moth, and new textures to boot. It’s all quite fragmentary at this point, but considering that we currently know the expansion is targeting a release of Q4 2020, there’s plenty of time to fill in more content as the expansion’s testing rolls on. Until then, well, there’s plenty of data to dig through and place in digestable format, at least.

Source: Wowhead (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

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Used to be that we actually let the game come out before dissecting it.


“Back in my day, we walked forty miles to school in the snow! Uphill! In both directions! And with extra wolves! Now I want all of you kids to *get off mah lawn!*”

I suspect that the only reason people didn’t pull games apart until release was that they didn’t have the opportunity to do so, or the means to share the information as readily once they had.

I don’t really see it changing. “Streaming cloud gaming” would be a great idea for some people – if we lived in Star Trek and the communications infrastructure was even slightly capable of supporting it. Most of my side of the state has ISP tech from the mid nineties. I get 1mbps download DSL. My other options amount to paying five times as much for cellphone broadband with a data cap I could blow through watching Netflix for an evening. Or move to another state. Stadia and similar isn’t an option here. (I wouldn’t use it if it was, but that’s a totally different conversation.)

Yoshi Senpai

And developers used to employ people to test their products as opposed to having people pay to test. This is a byproduct of game companies trying to save money.

Don’t want your product datamined then don’t release it on the internet.