ion hazzikostas

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WoW Factor: Fine, let’s talk about Blizzard being dumb with early access

All right, let's get it over with. I didn't really want to write this column, not because I didn't think there was anything to talk...
A short-term advantage, you say?

World of Warcraft’s Ion Hazzikostas claims War Within early access won’t grant long-term advantages

So let's recap for people who have missed out on this. World of Warcraft's next expansion, The War Within, is available for pre-order. This...
Looking closer.

WoW Factor: If this is the state of World of Warcraft, why talk about it?

The other day, I was talking with a friend about another MMO altogether. It doesn't actually matter which one it was because the important...
Slightly disappointing context.

WoW Factor: MMO raid design and the antagonistic GM

Last week's column about World of Warcraft prompted some really interesting comments that I think are worth talking about; in fact, I very nearly...

World of Warcraft contemplates buyable trader’s tender and an old world revamp

We all learned about World of Warcraft's Guardians of the Dream patch in terms of its overall location and content offerings yesterday, along with...
Everybody dies.

WoW Factor: So what is Mike Ybarra teasing for the future of World of Warcraft?

As we are all waiting for Twitter to finish imploding under its current ownership (because nothing is more fun than rich idiots buying things...

WoW Factor: Long-shot potential additions for World of Warcraft’s next expansion

Last time we were here, I wound up just talking about potential class and race additions for the next World of Warcraft expansion. As...
The stars are over Dun Morogh.

WoW Factor: Overwatch 2’s failure offers a lesson for World of Warcraft

The weird thing about my current position is that for the first time in at least a little while, there isn't a new disaster...
World Orlando Fontaine Warcraft, as always, is contractually obligated to show up here.

World of Warcraft’s leads are ‘skeptical’ they’ll ever get gearing right

With Update 10.1.5 out the door, World of Warcraft's dev teams have their hands full with the subsequent fallout and adjustments from this kitchen...
Nothing else has worked.

WoW Factor: And now we ruin the Trading Post

Those of you who have read my work in WoW Factor for a while will know that I tend to be very cards-on-the-table about...

World of Warcraft director says Blizzard won’t sell Trader’s Tender – by itself

So not so long ago, dataminers working in the World of Warcraft data mines found Trader's Tender shop assets, leading to the presumption that...
Hey, dude.

WoW Factor: Blizzard’s week of bad decisions

First of all, before you clever clogs start in down in the comments, yes, I realize that almost any given week in World of...

WoW Classic begins testing Trial of the Crusader today as Blizzard toys with ChatGPT

Why ask players what they want out of World of Warcraft when you could ask the fancy auto-complete tool known as ChatGPT? I assume...

WoW Factor: Dragonflight wasn’t a hit – so now what?

All right, let's be real and acknowledge that the recent Activision-Blizzard earning report did not say outright that World of Warcraft: Dragonflight was an out-and-out...

World of Warcraft’s Hazzikostas discusses cross-faction queued content and class combinations

Let's not bury the lede on this particular World of Warcraft Q&A with game director Ion Hazzikostas: Yes, the team is aware of the...
Yeah, we're getting into the stones here.

World of Warcraft’s Ion Hazzikostas discusses Mythic+ keystones, reputation, and communication

After today's surprise unpleasantness with the latest Activision-Blizzard financial report, it might be a touch surprising to see World of Warcraft's game director Ion...

World of Warcraft’s Ion Hazzikostas discusses the underused Work Orders and plans for character customization in a new interview

If you've looked at the work orders available on your server in World of Warcraft and found that there, uh... aren't any, you aren't...
Slightly disappointing context.

WoW Factor: Narrative justification for every missing class/race combo in World of Warcraft

As I implied in a recent post about the most recent Ion Hazzikostas interview, the line about making sure that there was a narrative...

World of Warcraft promises more race-class combos, discusses affixes, cross-faction guilds, and cadence

Do you want more class and race combinations in World of Warcraft? Possibly the additional ones we already know exist, like Night Elf Paladins...
Ogre, without layers

Design Mockument: In which we do not design World of Warcraft 2

Over the course of my professional writing career on this site and that site we used to run before AOL screwed us all over,...