Blizzard loses Dave Kosak to new studio as confused players show up for WoW Shadowlands

    
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Blizzard loses Dave Kosak to new studio as confused players show up for WoW Shadowlands

World of Warcraft former Lead Narrative Designer Dave Kosak has struck out from Blizzard for a new opportunity, according to an announcement that he made yesterday. Kosak said that he left the studio after 12 years in order to take a creative director role at Deviation Games where he is making something “secret” but “amazing.”

That’s not the only disappointment that is crashing down on the heads of Blizzard fans this week. Apparently some players didn’t get the word that Shadowlands was delayed from today’s launch date and showed up in the game or on Twitter yesterday ready to get into the expansion. Dang… that’s gotta sting. We know that Blizzard sent around an email to preorder customers letting them know about the delay, but we also know that not everyone got it, including some of our staff, so it’d be totally possible for people who aren’t looped into the online announcement cycle to miss the news.

Blizzard isn’t remaining quiet during this period, however. The studio addressed whether speed leveling will put some players at an advantage for crafting legendaries in the expansion (it won’t) and put out a hotfix for dungeon experience.

“Experience granted to players in dungeons is now standardized, and does not change with the size of the player’s party,” Blizzard said. “We want dungeons to remain lucrative, and to be a valid alternative to questing and other experience sources, rather than to overshadow them.”

Source: Twitter, Icy Veins, Wowhead. Thanks, Kherova and Pieter! This article was updated after publication to clarify that Kosak is a former WoW staffer; he’d since worked on Hearthstone.

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Jim Sterrett

Does this mean that we will FINALLY have an expac that doesnt have a quest where we have to do someting with animal shit?

If so, yay.

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Tuor of Gondolin

Good or bad, I think Shadowlands should be the last major expansion for WoW. I’m pretty sure it’s the last I’ll play of it (except maybe Classic). I think it’s story will reach a reasonable conclusion at this point, and after that there’s nothing more that needs to be told. Let it end.

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Shane Hubble

Nah uh, the big bad guys in WoW lore has always been the Void Lords and we haven’t seen any actual snippet of them yet. Aside from their old god offspring.

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Andy Turner

1) You can absolutely receive a World of Warcraft Shadowlands cup with the purchase of an XL drink from Hardees (true)

2)That said beverage must be as Icy as IcyVeins – (false)

3)I like horses. (partially correct; you like semicolons, Pegasi, and Unicorns, and Unicron)

4)My girlfriend lives alone in Alaska, has her grass mowed by her brave grandson, loves pink blouses and pink walls, and turns into a WoW mount. And you can’t see her because you cancelled your Shadowlands pre-order and ebayed Small World of Warcraft after posting a chargeback to Blizzard from your bank (absolutely; she loves fuscia tho)

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Fisty

Im glad its delayed. Im having fun going through each expansion on different alts right now. Somehow, its more enjoyable this way than grinding through each and every one. Hell, I’m even enjoying garrisons and WoD the most. Im thinking each expansion is my own classic server at this point.

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Angel

I’m absolutely enjoying having the world available for leveling and exploring while still offering a bit of a challenge. It’s been amazing!!!

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David Fields

Scheduled a week of vacation just for the expansion. Just a little upset they pushed it back and I can’t change my vacation.

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ihatevnecks

They didn’t let you change your vacation 3 weeks before it happened? That’s kinda shitty.

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Pieter Troffaes

Dave Kosak hasn’t been on the WoW team since 2016. He’s been on Hearthstone as their Lead Mission Designer. The last WoW expansion he launched was Warlords of Draenor.

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Dug From The Earth

where he is making something “secret” but “amazing.”

Grats on the new job

Not hyped about any new games from ex-blizzard employees though unless they plan to release the next generation of mmorpgs.

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Bannex

Idk what a narrative designer is but if it’s either the head of the games direction pertaining to story or the direction on gameplay, this guy leaving could be the best thing to happen to the game.

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styopa

I’d say something snarky about blizzard and narrative design, but to be charitable I’d observe instead that job with WoW’s ridiculous kludgy retcon-on-retcon lore smashup of dramatic and silly….well, I’ll borrow a term from across the atlantic and say that the responsibility for creating an internally-consistant narrative from that mess would be a Dog’s Breakfast…

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losludvig

If you type “shadowlands release date” into google right now you will be hit with “October 27, 2020” in large font so I can see how people would be confused

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* bag

I “love” the new feature that Google decides to highlight a random answer (snippet from one of the top results) that is half the time absolutely wrong :D

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losludvig

Not only that, but it’s designed to make people not click links, so it’s bad for the internet.
I submitted a correction on the 24th, but the wrong data is still there.

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Bryan Cole

hence why using other search engines is a good idea, like bing or my favorite, duck duck go.

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Mark Redhorse

That’s because their hiding from the Senators who are grilling those 2 idiots today from FB and Twitter. “Keeping their head down…

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Java Jawa

Games lose devs all the time, this includes the other big ones swtor, eso, star trek.

It happens , also fresh talent with fresh ideas comes along too. Good luck to that guy , I’m sure we’ll see more come and go.

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Bruno Brito

Not on the speed that is happening at Blizzard, and a lot of the ‘Blizzard Dream’ is already shattered. People are not as hyped working for them as they were 10 years ago.

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Utakata

It’s a hypothetical rats leaving a perpetual sinking ship narrative…

…that is, they’re not really rats and the ship never seems to sink. o.O