World of Warcraft Eternity’s End interview
World of Warcraft’s 9.2 Eternity’s End patch will bring a new zone, a new raid, new class-specific armor tier sets and new systems for players to try out. It could also mark a potential end to the game’s content drought. We spoke to game director Ion Hazzikostas and senior level designer Sara Wons about the upcoming changes.To get more news about wow gold pay pal, you can visit lootwowgold official website.
The content update doesn’t have a release date yet, but Hazzikostas tells USA Today that it will hit the Public Test Realm for players to jump into as soon as this week.
The new zone of Zereth Mortis is more than double the size of Korthia, the last zone introduced in the 9.1 patch. While it offers a knowledge system, where players collect bits of information around the game world to unlock new features, content and abilities, it will be “not remotely as grindy” as Korthia was, Hazzikostas tells us.
“I think we’re also being very mindful of the sorts of things that are earned in the system – types of power that may feel mandatory to certain play styles, and also what that looks like from a catch-up perspective, an alt-friendliness perspective,” he continues.In Eternity’s End, players will chase the Jailer – the expansion’s big bad guy – into the new zone of Zereth Mortis. The Shadowlands expansion of World of Warcraft has been afterlife-themed, and Zereth Mortis is the home of the “First Ones,” the Progenitors who built all of the different afterlives of the Shadowlands (and the living worlds as well).
The aesthetic of the new zone reflects the primordial building blocks of that construction. The new raid, Sepulcher of the First Ones, will feature recurring central character Anduin. A Cypher system will allow players to slowly progress as they literally learn the language of the First Ones, unlocking not just communication but also new content to play.“This is the First Ones, the architects of the universe,” Wons explains. “This is their playground. This is where they’re creating prototypes of things that we eventually see in the Shadowlands. We really wanted to double down on the fact that this place is so foreign and so alien that you really can’t even communicate with the beings here.”
At first players will only see glyphs in their chat from the zone’s automaton NPCs. Eventually, as players learn more, they’ll begin seeing translations appear.“You’re able to eventually read more of what they have to say, and you can learn more about everything in Zereth Mortis,” Wons says.
“That unlocks some additional content, because it’s not just communication,” Hazzikostas adds. “It’s also the ability to use and understand consoles and enable events and unlock buffs and all the rest. You’re gaining a deeper understanding of this group, and as you get that ability to understand and communicate, that unlocks access to narrative, but also content.”
As players gather scraps of understanding working through Zereth Mortis, they can choose where they want to focus their learning – verbal, written, or technology.