World of Warcraft’s Chromie Time auto-disables at level 50; refunds are being offered for Shadowlands

    
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If you look to your left, you will see a sad person.

When you level your alts through World of Warcraft content starting when the Shadowlands pre-patch arrives on October 13th, you can do so with Chromie Time allowing you to sync up and experience a full expansion start to finish. Theoretically, anyhow. In practice, it turns out that hitting level 50 will automatically kick you out of Chromie Time after a short countdown, meaning that if you level a bit faster than intended, you could wind up thrown out of the expansion run you were participating in with little fanfare.

Of course, this is probably of secondary concern to the players who were looking forward to the now-delayed expansion launch previously on October 26th. Blizzard has sent an email to many players who have already pre-purchased the expansion allowing them to request a refund on the purchase if so desired. (At least two members of our own staff have received these letters.) It’s still unclear exactly what the new release date will be, although the communication thus far has still implied that it will launch this year.

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David Allen

it’s crap lie for the refund….If you have used the toon boost in game then NO refund…such crap…

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stormweaver11

Yeah, because that is smart. Too many people would abuse that by trying to pre order a second time in order to get a second boost. The fact that you are complaining about this specific aspect leads me to believe you fall into that category.

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Hravik

I had used my boost, got the refund with no issues what so ever.

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John Buczek

They really need to change this and let folks complete the Expansion content. Part of what I was looking forward to was NOT outleveling everything and creating a disjointed experience as you move to a new, unconnected zone.

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Soy

Why not just go to your main faction city and visit the NPC that allows you to stop gaining xp? You have a bit left in your zone but are close to hitting 50, stop gaining xp.

It seems a bit unreasonable to expect Blizzard to perfectly tune the xp gain to allow someone to time their dinging 50 with turning in the last quest in the zone.

I understand 100% why they don’t want anyone to level past 50 when they’ve worked to put out a whole new xpac to enjoy. It’s a themepark game that is designed to funnel players. One aspect of that funneling is getting as many active players as possible playing the newest portion of the game.

There are many things in SL that need tuning. Blizz was ambitious with all of the systems they are adding. I’m glad they are taking more time to balance a bit more.

2020, where everyone is an expert and nobody is satisfied.

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Haxton

The first is a poor fix for a bigger problem they’re making out of it. Second, no one should be kicked out of leveling to cap if they have chromie time available and own SL. If people don’t want to do the expansion till 60, then don’t let them. Because at the end of the day, they’re still going to have to go into the expansion to do any sort of progression anyways.

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Soy

Why would they allow you to get to max level without stepping foot in the new content? Has that been available up till now?

WoD was really easy and fast leveling. I think I’d like to go from 50-60 in that xpac instead of doing SL. This does not make sense at all. Would we then be able to avoid buying the new xpac entirely and still get to max level?

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grillick

In current content, as long as you have purchased Battle for Azeroth, you can level to 120 without ever doing any of the new content. Max level mobs in Legion still give XP all the way to 120.

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Bruno Brito

Why not just go to your main faction city and visit the NPC that allows you to stop gaining xp? You have a bit left in your zone but are close to hitting 50, stop gaining xp.

A really poor fix to an artificial problem. Blizzard should stop thinking they know it better, and just add scaling as it’s supposed to be. They tamper too much with mechanics that they clearly understand jackshit about and that was what fucked HoTS.

It seems a bit unreasonable to expect Blizzard to perfectly tune the xp gain to allow someone to time their dinging 50 with turning in the last quest in the zone.

They could simply make things scale to 50 when you get to 50 and done.

I understand 100% why they don’t want anyone to level past 50 when they’ve worked to put out a whole new xpac to enjoy. It’s a themepark game that is designed to funnel players. One aspect of that funneling is getting as many active players as possible playing the newest portion of the game.

It’s also a MMO. And no MMO should force you to follow one road only.

There are many things in SL that need tuning. Blizz was ambitious with all of the systems they are adding. I’m glad they are taking more time to balance a bit more.

They’re always ambitious, they’re always spending all the .1 .2 and .3 patches fixing those ambitions of them, and in the end they get rid of the ambitions in the name of new ambitions. It’s bad design.

2020, where everyone is an expert and nobody is satisfied.

I like it. Sounds like a good title for Ion.

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Soy

I’m sure they will continue to adjust the leveling overall. Many things seem out of whack with the stat squish. A month ago you couldn’t get from 50 to 60 if you did all the quests in SL. Players were coming up like a level and a half short or something around there. With Chromie time maybe they will give us control over the toggle at some point. Ok I’m done with this zone, Chromie time off.

It is a themepark MMO. We are being forced down one road or another. Being able to go back and do previous content is a luxury that frankly they don’t owe anyone. The fact that they are trying to make it useful again is something that should be commended. They go out of their way to reach back into obsolete content(unless leveling new characters or farming achievements, etc) and try to give players something else to dink around in, but of course players just want to point out flaws. It’s not the main course. It is an appetizer.

Instead of immediately crying about what they don’t like it would be nice if players would comment on the things they are doing right with it. Even considering making that content relevant again is a huge gift. Personally I think it is a waste of resources. But there are some who would enjoy getting to run through it again.

Blizzard is trying to please many different tastes. I’m sure we could all agree that is an impossible task, especially with so many anonymous, highly credentialed game developers sitting at home with so much free time on their hands.

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Bruno Brito

I’m sure they will continue to adjust the leveling overall. Many things seem out of whack with the stat squish. A month ago you couldn’t get from 50 to 60 if you did all the quests in SL. Players were coming up like a level and a half short or something around there. With Chromie time maybe they will give us control over the toggle at some point. Ok I’m done with this zone, Chromie time off.

I don’t care for leveling 50-60 on Shadowlands. My problem is a MMO locking you out of leveling XP on known areas and breaking immersion by destroying scaling just to funnel players through a xpac. If people buy SL and they can level just through dungeons and bgs, what’s the problem of leveling through old content?

This is artificial and shows how toothless Blizzard is about their capabilities of making good xpacs.

It is a themepark MMO. We are being forced down one road or another. Being able to go back and do previous content is a luxury that frankly they don’t owe anyone. The fact that they are trying to make it useful again is something that should be commended. They go out of their way to reach back into obsolete content(unless leveling new characters or farming achievements, etc) and try to give players something else to dink around in, but of course players just want to point out flaws. It’s not the main course. It is an appetizer.

What a bunch of crap. I’m not about to commend a company for keeping us on a beating path just because they’re a bundle of incompetents who can’t design a damn everlasting system to save their lives.

And they don’t owe anyone? Maybe i’m wrong here but i’m highly sure customers are buying a service and offering feedback on how that service could be better provided. They owe us a lot. This sounds a lot like whiteknighting to me.

Instead of immediately crying about what they don’t like it would be nice if players would comment on the things they are doing right with it. Even considering making that content relevant again is a huge gift. Personally I think it is a waste of resources. But there are some who would enjoy getting to run through it again.

Why? Blizzard is not my friend. I’m not obligated to keep complimenting a company that has one of the WORSE DESIGN DIRECTIONS of all MMO companies ( Destroying systems per xpac, instead of building upon them ).

And this approach is godawful. You don’t compliment bad changes. You don’t compliment bad features. You don’t go to Ion and says “you did a great job on this and this” after he creates a problem with covenant abilities.

Blizzard is trying to please many different tastes. I’m sure we could all agree that is an impossible task, especially with so many anonymous, highly credentialed game developers sitting at home with so much free time on their hands.

Tell me if you’re going to keep rimjobbing Blizzard so i can move on to better debates with more relevant people.

You clearly are happy with the pit of mediocrity WoW is. I’m not. Let’s agree to disagree.

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Soy

If all you can do is begin to make personal insults then you’ve failed to present your viewpoint effectively. It is clear you’ve nothing to offer to Blizz in a constructive way nor to this forum. What a shame.

Just because someone acknowledges something that is either a good idea or implementation on the part of a company does not make them a white knight. Blizz has done some things that absolutely turned me off. However those things are not the topic of this discussion. Why would I throw it out there? Just to show my displeasure? WoW is a huge game with a scope of appeal that is very broad. They are trying to appeal to many different types of players, all with different wants/needs at the same time. An impossible task.

You seem to have such a grasp of what the marketplace demands. Why have you not filled that gap? With your obvious comprehension of what is needed by every and all gamers you could make the perfect game satisfying them all at once. Why withhold that from the gaming universe. You must bless us all.

Cleary you are just a sad sack who poo-poos on games and posters just to feel better about yourself. It’s boring. You’re boring.

As my father always said, “You don’t need to prove your righteousness by pointing out some else’s unrighteousness.”

We stand on our own merit, not on the fact we can point out where others fall short.

Let’s agree to disagree.

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gridley17

Ya, that seems fairly par for the course for Bruno. Deep down I think he feels being edgy and shitting on things somehow makes him special. But call him out on some of his arguments for/against something and it just becomes personal rather than actually defending his stances.

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Koshelkin

I was shocked for a moment then I realized that 50= 120 after the level squish. Let’s hope it’s enough to experience an expansion at least nigh-fully before the inevitable countdown comes. I understand, too, why Blizzard wants people to play Shadowlands for the last 10 levels.

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Bruno Brito

For a MMO dev team to consider a feature in a MMO that completely shreds how players interact with their world, shows a lot of how that team perceives their game, their playerbase and what plans do they have for the future.

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SalukaOfLand

If we can still do previous expansion stuff in non Chromie time then it’s not that big of a deal. Still, a strange decision. Bliz can keep my money because I’m going to end up playing WoW again at some stage anyways.

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Bannex

On one hand I can understand why they wouldn’t fix it but on the other it seems like an unforeseen issue with the new leveling system that doesn’t have a great fix.

Naturally, they want everybody they can to play the new expansion. However, I think this game has surpassed that mentality.

It behooves blizzard to stop trying to direct people in how to play this game. They can start by dropping the race/class restrictions.

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Bruno Brito

How does Chromie Time works btw? Am i correct to assume that they’ll kick you out of the place you’re leveling if you get to 50?

Like, why is a MMO locking me from exploring and questing?

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Bannex

I honestly have no idea but stop me if you’ve heard this before…

Sounds like an otherwise “great” system that wasn’t thought all the way through and now they’re scrambling to apply a bandaid.

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Bruno Brito

I’m getting tired of this company as a whole, honestly.

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Bannex

They’re just games dude.

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Jokerchyld

It depends if you have played WoW before or not. If you never played (which means you dont have a level 1+ character) when you start WoW you will thrown into a new level 1-10 zone called Exile’s Reach which is meant to teach you the mechanics, give you a bit of lore, and class fantasy. At 10 you are guided to your capital city (SW or ORG) and forced to do BFA from 10 to 50.

If you have played WoW you can choose to do exile reach or the classic starting zone. At level 10 Chromie will give you an option to start any zone to do 10 to 50 in. I hear you can leave midway return to chromie and start a new zone to finish. I hear that WoD is the fastest given the treasures and bonus objectives.

Getting closer, but I still think it would be better to just let new players lose in the world but let them go where ever they want, any zone and level.

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Bruno Brito

Getting closer, but I still think it would be better to just let new players lose in the world but let them go where ever they want, any zone and level.

How MMOs should be.

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Greaterdivinity

That’s…dumb, counterproductive, and annoying. Glad they delayed the expansion, hopefully this is on their list of fixes.

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Utakata

Blizz doing unnecessary things, because they believe unnecessary things needs to be done. News at 6:00 pm. /le sigh

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Yogitus

It would be interesting to know how much time/xp it will take to get to 50 relative to each expansion. If say, every expansion is only meant to get you 40 levels, that is a lot of extra xp needed before you get the boot.

Either way, this will eventually be turned into an option, possible even at the launch of the delayed expansion.

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Lucky Jinx

Nah.. keep my money. I know you’ll get there, eventually.

I do remember, however, the times when Blizzard used to just state “It’s ready when it’s ready” and made no promises until they had (incredibly) polished product to deliver.