World of Warcraft: Shadowlands pre-patch check-in: Hotfixes, customization insight, and quest skips

    
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World of Warcraft: Shadowlands pre-patch check-in: Hotfixes, customization insight, and quest skips

Now that the World of Warcraft: Shadowlands pre-patch is live, you might want to start your leveling experience in Warlords of Draenor but not want to do the horribly tedious start experience again. It’s way too long. Fortunately, you have a new way to skip that! That’s one of the undocumented changes with the latest patch; far more documented is the first batch of hotfixes correcting Mechagnomes still requiring reputation to unlock and addressing various other bugs.

The development team is also offering insights into the game’s added character customization options including some behind-the-scenes footage of the customization process being implemented. Director Ion Hazzikostas, meanwhile, has cautioned players to not take the beta calendar for the expansion as indicative of the upcoming expansion launchShadowlands still does not have a new launch date following its delay.

Is all of this a little too death-related for your tastes? Maybe you want to get away from it with a slice of WoW Classic? Considering the fact that the game is currently testing the Scourge invasion to coincide with Naxxramas… maybe that won’t work out so well after all.

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

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Bruno Brito

Although i don’t really subscribe with the “Activision’s fault” creed that people like to fling at Blizzard ( they’re incompetent enough on their own ), this is honestly weird.

Blizzard’s mistakes comes more in the form of bad design, bad storytelling, bad decisionmaking. They aren’t known for bug-ridden launches, they are actually known for their “Blizzard’s polish”.

This patch was buggy. It IS incredibly buggy and i’m talking from a F2P twink perspective, it must be worse for level 50 people.

Dungeon mobs scaling badly because of how level scaling works, gear needing to be hotfixed because it’s not supposed to have such high ilevel at low character levels. Some twinks were able to get the Heart of Azeroth.

There’s also the leveling design of some specs. Unholy needing to wait until level 29 to get their pet ghoul as a pet and not as a cooldown, while two of the three level 15 talents are for the Raise Dead spell is just Bad. Fucking. Design.

Which again brings me to the point i’ll always make: Blizzard is so damn set in their “endgame is the only game” BS that they can’t make a leveling progression worth a damn. Frost and Blood are passable, but their rune generation passives are also not in until a certain level, which means you get a LOT of downtime with DKs.

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Bryan Turner

At this point I believe if Activision ran Blizzard directly the quality would improve.

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Bruno Brito

Maybe. People kept telling me that the 800 employees fired by Kotick weren’t going to have an impact in their playtesting, but 800 is a LOT. Either they got rid of their entire Customer Service, or they DID fire people who were in the playtesting. This is not normal.

I think Blizzard is between a rock and a hard place right now. They are owned by a godawful company ( and well, they were owned by Verizon before, so not like it’s new for them ), and their own company is ridden with incompetence.

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angrakhan

Oh ok, that explains it. I was wondering why I kept seeing teen-level characters practically one shot stuff my mid 30’s DK was taking a while on. I thought maybe it was something weird with the scaling and maybe it is, but something is definitely off.

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Bruno Brito

The scaling works fine for solo leveing, altho you’ll be for a rough awakening for a few specs. Hunters are onetapping everything, while my UHDK is basically taking a full rotation for mobs.

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Jokerchyld

This is Activision. Its clearly apparent that they are forced to unrealistic timelines for stupid business reasons. The expansion is not ready. Period. Forcing to release pre-patch to meet a date doesnt make sense and ruins the integrity of your product. Anybody with a half a brain would say to push the expansion launch back until it is ready in the way that the consumers expect. But thats not going to happen here. They are going to rush the expansion out before the end of the year at a high risk. I dont see this going well.

As an example take a look at Larian (who do have control) and what they are doing with Baldurs Gate 3. The Early Access was supposed to come out earlier than it did but they held it back because it wasnt ready. They are listening to feedback and the game won’t come out until its ready. If people get upset because they cant play it sooner then let them complain, taking the necessary time to make a quality product should trump all of that to begin with.

I feel sorry for the passionate Blizzard Devs, its hard to see something you love slowly die. I predict the good ones will jump ship and head over to Dreamhaven (depending on their NDA).

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Neurotic

I’m glad we have this option. I picked WoD as my first Chromietime trip for my newly minted Mechagnome yesterday, and it was arguably much more fun storming through the pre-Garrison building part with a bunch of other lunatics than just skipping into the instanced part right away. Still, good to know for future ref!

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Bryan Turner

With the debacles Blizzard have had over the past few years, the Pre Patch coming out looking busted like a 3rd Graders Playdo Volcano Science Fair project, I’ve got my doubts about Shadow Lands landing in a decent state.

I know people are lamenting about Activision taking control of Blizzard, but in all seriousness who cares at this point the Blizzard we remember is working for Mike Morhiem’s new start up leaving people that are not Blizzard as far as I’m concerned, at least Activision ships games that work.

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Ironwu

I can certainly understand the performance and queue issues with the PE launch. That is normal and expected.

The amount of failures, bugs, defects, missing or broken features, et al? That is simply not acceptable. It is looking like this PE release has been rushed out the door and is nowhere near ready.

Pretty bad move on Blizzard’s part in light of the absolute disaster that BfA has been. They really needed a quick win on this one.

Let’s hope they do better with the actual Shadowlands launch. It would be in their interest to make sure it is a solid and tight as possible. A much delayed release would be far more helpful than another release disaster, I think.

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Paragon Lost

Tried to log in yesterday late afternoon and couldn’t get in, game kept timing out as I tried to log into the server. Finally got in this morning to look around and I see quite of a few of my add ons that I use like Grid aren’t working yet.

Logged out, figured I’d wait and continue to play Classic and check back later on Retail. I agree with your sentiments, it feels pretty shoddy so far over in Retail land.

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Dug From The Earth

“The amount of failures, bugs, defects, missing or broken features, et al? That is simply not acceptable”

This… This here

This is HUGE sign of Activision’s control over the company, pushing in and implementing their corporate and business structure within Blizzard. Fewer people working on projects (probably less skilled because its cheaper), less hours being spent working on said projects, less resources being spent on said projects. And then, still pushing for a “too early” release schedule.

These are ALL things that these mega corporations are doing to keep their executives making bonus millions of dollars a year by cutting back on operational expenses in the rest of the company.

And it shows… clearer than day.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

It’s that moment when it stops being about the game itself and becomes about the asset owned and expected to perform.

Side story: My entire life I used Kleenex facial tissue and none other. Then one day, I blew my nose and ended up with a handful of snot. Kleenex had failed. One time, right? The next time, same thing. Someone, in their wisdom, had decided to change the composition of Kleenex so that as a nose-wiper it utterly failed. After a lifetime, 65 years or so at the time, of only Kleenex ever touching my nose, I changed my tissue brand and never looked back.

Corporate meddling ruined a very simple, elegant thing and made it useless. And lost me, a lifetime customer, in the bargain.