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WoW Factor: Is Dragonflight the last chance for World of Warcraft?

Human beings love narratives. We love stories too, but narratives are like the arch version of that. You don't need an elaborate story about...

WoW Factor: When your MMO design is hooked on a feeling

To start this off, I want you to summon up a feeling. I want you think back to the first time you can remember...
You might say to get on with it, but drawing it out is literally the point sometimes.

World of Warcraft hopes to have cross-faction guilds by the end of Dragonflight’s run

A new Team Liquid interview with World of Warcraft Game Director Ion Hazzikostas unearthed a few indicators of where the game is going in...

WoW Factor: So what’s the actual prediction on Dragonflight’s quality?

I was briefly considering doing another math column now that we actually have a date when World of Warcraft: Dragonflight started alpha testing, but......
Ah... hmm.

World of Warcraft’s Dragonflight alpha removes gendered body type text, briefly adds selectable pronouns

There are a lot of features present in the first alpha test of World of Warcraft: Dragonflight, but one feature that wasn't highlighted directly...
Just fight the thing.

World of Warcraft’s Steve Danuser promises that big sword in Silithus is still something to keep an eye on

So, uh... hey, remember when Azeroth got stabbed with a sword? It was the end of the last World of Warcraft everyone mostly agreed was...
Excuse me, what?

ABK shareholders approve Microsoft buyout, World of Warcraft gets new executive producer

We've got some hefty Activision Blizzard news for you today, so buckle up and let's go for a ride. Shareholders approve Microsoft buyout: On our...
I circle the waterfront, I'm watching the sea.

WoW Factor: Blizzard’s excuse for not adding housing to World of Warcraft convinces no one

One of the things I noted in my initial reactions to the World of Warcraft: Dragonflight announcement was that I had not expected to get...
Mister World Orlando Fontaine Warcraft, with a tip of the hat to our commentariat.

World of Warcraft: Dragonflight will not have a mission table but will have traditional flying

World of Warcraft: Dragonflight is coming. When? Well, Blizzard isn't going to tell you, but one of the points raised during a Twitter roundtable...
Just absolute galaxy brain

WoW Factor: Good job torching Wrath of the Lich King Classic, my dudes!

All right, this is... actually just hilarious to me. Like, seriously, I caught this particular detail after I'd already finished writing my initial reaction...

World of Warcraft’s Ion Hazzikostas discusses theoretical player housing in new interview

Player housing in World of Warcraft is a topic that's come up pretty ceaselessly since the game launched, and it's even more present in people's...

World of Warcraft devs address Dragonflight’s dragon flying limitations, Classic Wrath’s missing LFD

Yesterday's World of Warcraft reveal stream was kind of a big deal, announcing the next expansion for the retail game in the form of Dragonflight as...

World of Warcraft’s game director defends cross-faction team-ups: ‘It’s time’

Yesterday's announcement that World of Warcraft will, for the first time in its storied history, allow cross-faction raids, dungeons, and rated PvP sent shockwaves...

World of Warcraft is finally getting cross-faction dungeons, raids, and rated PvP

So hey, if you're one of the bajillions of World of Warcraft players who've been agitating for Blizzard to nuke the faction divide for...

Vague Patch Notes: Skewed perspectives of the MMO industry

So there were some surprises when Fractured announced that it had secured a publishing deal with Gamigo, or rather that Gamigo announced that Fractured was...

WoW Factor: The player council is not the solution to World of Warcraft’s ills

So World of Warcraft is going to establish a player council to offer feedback to the developers. What a terrible idea with already poor implementation...

World of Warcraft patch 9.1.5 arrives today as Ion Hazzikostas finally pipes up

As Patch 9.1.5 pulls into World of Warcraft's port today, it encounters an MMO that is battered and a studio that is heavily bruised....
Get back.

WoW Factor: What’s behind the turning of the tide in World of Warcraft’s patch 9.1.5?

There's some interesting stuff going on right now when it comes to World of Warcraft's next major patch, due in no small part to the...
Don't care, bored.

Blizzard’s Mike Ybarra clarifies that Ion Hazzikostas is still running World of Warcraft

Ever since Bobby Kotick removed J. Allen Brack from his post atop Blizzard and replaced him with Mike Ybarra and Jen Oneal in the...
Local Panda Recalls When She Was Special.

WoW Factor: What do changes in Blizzard management mean for World of Warcraft?

Blizzard is going through some changes at the moment. This is a good thing, as Blizzard has made it clear that it is a...