xDlate’s BlizzCon 2018 Interview with Alex Afrasiabi and Patrick Dawson



Comment by serra2

on 2018-11-23T23:37:20-06:00

AA: I think he may have lost it at some point, but I know we had a reason. We did talk about the same thing– if you can go anywhere with the Sargerite Keystone why don’t you go? Honestly, it’s been a while for me so my memory is a little bit hazy, but it was almost a whole lot more and then we came up with something and I’m not sure exactly.r
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I think the reason was because he did not know where it was exactly? Like, the other Titans knew, and set up defenses and everything, and then they got killed by Sargeras.

Comment by Lont

on 2018-11-23T23:39:58-06:00

In light of certain things that have been discussed recently about the relationship between Activision and Blizzard this topic … (listed above and quoted here):r
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– Cinematics are one of the strongest teams at Blizzard and everyone is really proud of them. Cinematics like the ones we have for BFA are really complicated to make and they can’t tell if there will be more.-r
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… is worrying. The gossip has been that Activision is moving to cut costs at Blizzard and the fear is that this will affect the quality of the game moving forward. It is not unreasonable to assume that this cost cutting might well extend into other areas of the game. In the second sentence above the word ‘complicated’ might well be replaced with ‘expensive.’ If we don’t see more cinematics it may not be the result of a lack of will on the part of the creative people at Blizzard, but rather cost cutting efforts on the part of the bean counters at Activision.

Comment by perculia

on 2018-11-23T23:41:15-06:00

In light of certain things that have been discussed recently about the relationship between Activision and Blizzard this topic … (listed above and quoted here):

– Cinematics are one of the strongest teams at Blizzard and everyone is really proud of them. Cinematics like the ones we have for BFA are really complicated to make and they can’t tell if there will be more.-

… is worrying. The gossip has been that Activision is moving to cut costs at Blizzard and the fear is that this will affect the quality of the game moving forward. It is not unreasonable to assume that this cost cutting might well extend into other areas of the game. In the second sentence above the word ‘complicated’ might well be replaced with ‘expensive.’ If we don’t see more cinematics it may not be the result of a lack of will on the part of the creative people at Blizzard, but rather cost cutting efforts on the part of the bean counters at Activision.

I think this may have been a vague word choice with the translation. I’ll correct it. There have been other interviews, like FinalBossTV with the director of Lost Honor, saying that the Warcraft team has asked the cinematics team to create more than ever before, including higher-resolution ones like Old Soldier and Lost Honor. Blizzard can’t just go out and say “well, we have 5 more cinematics planned with Saurfang” so they always have to take a vague ‘who knows, maybe more are coming’ angle in their replies.

Comment by TheDarkAeonAnima

on 2018-11-23T23:41:52-06:00

u201cOld Gods that we’ve fought before should be considered “dead”– unless there is a really good opportunity for them to appear again.u201dr
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….Uh oh. That doesnu2019t sound good. But if it means weu2019ll be hearing about Yu2019Shaarj again, Iu2019m all for it

Comment by TehLucario

on 2018-11-23T23:44:38-06:00

u201cOld Gods that we’ve fought before should be considered “dead”– unless there is a really good opportunity for them to appear again.u201dr
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….Uh oh. That doesnu2019t sound good. But if it means weu2019ll be hearing about Yu2019Shaarj again, Iu2019m all for itr
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I want a boss fight against Y’shaarj, it would be fantastic Imo

Comment by Sevrin02

on 2018-11-23T23:50:28-06:00

I reckon they’ll pull a fast one on us with the possible Lich King 2.0 expansion and bring back Yogg’Saron to lead into a N’zoth expansion.r
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As for the druid stuff, I’m really glad it was brought up as it was something I was arguing withmyself about earlier: do I xmog into a staff that matches my set and looks rad or do I swallow my pride and wield those ugly ass daggers? I think an easy solution is for them to add a glyph vendor that unlocks more appearences as you do with the weapon. That way you can transmog your weapon and change your cat/bear form as you please.

Comment by Lont

on 2018-11-24T00:04:59-06:00

In light of certain things that have been discussed recently about the relationship between Activision and Blizzard this topic … (listed above and quoted here):r
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– Cinematics are one of the strongest teams at Blizzard and everyone is really proud of them. Cinematics like the ones we have for BFA are really complicated to make and they can’t tell if there will be more.-r
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… is worrying. The gossip has been that Activision is moving to cut costs at Blizzard and the fear is that this will affect the quality of the game moving forward. It is not unreasonable to assume that this cost cutting might well extend into other areas of the game. In the second sentence above the word ‘complicated’ might well be replaced with ‘expensive.’ If we don’t see more cinematics it may not be the result of a lack of will on the part of the creative people at Blizzard, but rather cost cutting efforts on the part of the bean counters at Activision.r
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I think this may have been a vague word choice with the translation. I’ll correct it. There have been other interviews, like FinalBossTV with the director of Lost Honor, saying that the Warcraft team has asked the cinematics team to create more than ever before, including higher-resolution ones like Old Soldier and Lost Honor. Blizzard can’t just go out and say “well, we have 5 more cinematics planned with Saurfang” so they always have to take a vague ‘who knows, maybe more are coming’ angle in their replies.r
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Thank you for the clarification. Folks like Marc Messinger and Terran Gregory (and their teams) do such amazing work. I’m glad to hear we will be getting plenty more in the patches to come.

Comment by Soeroah

on 2018-11-24T00:06:00-06:00

A codex sounds neat – but I’d hope it was account-wide.

Comment by Castrum

on 2018-11-24T00:31:04-06:00

u201cOld Gods that we’ve fought before should be considered “dead”– unless there is a really good opportunity for them to appear again.u201dr
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….Uh oh. That doesnu2019t sound good. But if it means weu2019ll be hearing about Yu2019Shaarj again, Iu2019m all for itr
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I want a boss fight against Y’shaarj, it would be fantastic Imor
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Well, unlike the other Old Gods, Yu2019shaarj is actually dead. He was torn to pieces by Amanu2019thul, creating the Well of Eternity, and the pieces left behind were all destroyed by us in Mists. The last piece, his Heart, was destroyed when Garrosh was defeated. The only bits left are a few scattered Sha minions and the corruption in Vale, which are being slowly eliminated. There is no actual Yu2019shaarj as an entity left.r
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Though knowing Blizz these days, why not retcon lore already in the game for convenience? *eyeroll*

Comment by selkie47

on 2018-11-24T02:06:45-06:00

It’s an interesting problem you brought up– it’s not one that I personally have thought about too much:'(r
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as a druid its literally something i think of every time i log in. i’m not sure how a second “xmog” vendor at one of our druidic locations would be that difficult, unlinking the skins from the weapons so we can have whatever form skin we want. i just really really REALLY don’t want to go back to using the bland old skins; feels like my main spec is not truly my main spec when i have to use default. and it is seriously annoying only being able to use the same >>3<< weapon skins as a bear.r
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this is an important issue to druids

Comment by angeleyed

on 2018-11-24T02:59:44-06:00

I love the codex idea. I hope it makes it in game!

Comment by Utigarde

on 2018-11-24T03:39:32-06:00

That fire mage answer makes me stupid angry. A) It was still a major part of the visual fantasy of Legion, even if it was tied to the ability, and B) fire mage still has that ability. These reasons don’t explain why they were completely removed from the artifact and the ability.

Comment by Lostelf

on 2018-11-24T03:44:59-06:00

Sargeras didn’t use the Sargerite Keystone because… they forgot why, but there was a good plausible reason!r
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This quote tells you everything you need to know about Blizzard storytelling.

Comment by hotaru251

on 2018-11-24T03:56:32-06:00

AA: I think he may have lost it at some point, but I know we had a reason. We did talk about the same thing– if you can go anywhere with the Sargerite Keystone why don’t you go? Honestly, it’s been a while for me so my memory is a little bit hazy, but it was almost a whole lot more and then we came up with something and I’m not sure exactly.r
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I think the reason was because he did not know where it was exactly? Like, the other Titans knew, and set up defenses and everything, and then they got killed by Sargeras.r
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IDK..he had his avatar, his spirit, and his 2 sidekicks both summoned to it.r
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He should be able to tell where it is in the universe.r
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I’d throw it back to something like Titans are too powerful an existence to use it. Hence him wanting a powerful portal made using other methods.r
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also on druid topic!r
Druids are very unique. No other class has that issue when the weapon is associated with the form that they take, so, that’s tricky to solve. r
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tricky to solve? how in the…r
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you bound flightform artifact to a trainer…this would be able to be done with other animal forms like it was done with the upgrade place in Legion.r
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re-code it to system where you talk to an npc, select a box for model you want then a sub model for the color variation.r
BOOM! fixed system that lets a druid Xmog their weapons to w/e they want while retaining their artifact form.

Comment by nysisyn

on 2018-11-24T04:21:24-06:00

Just add a new tab in appeareance for some spell like druid form and allow transmog for demon, totem, spell and druid formr
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For example a warlock could mog its incinerate with green fire but not rain of firer
A warrior could chose his animations for charge r
And so on

Comment by rossyys

on 2018-11-24T05:08:02-06:00

AA: In certain skies across Azeroth you can see a constellation now after the Legion is defeated and there is a red star– make sure you keep looking at that red star. If it’s ever gone– that’s a problem.r
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So does this confirm that the red star is the Seat of the Pantheon and not a remnant of the gateway to Argus?

Comment by Kitsuri

on 2018-11-24T05:14:03-06:00

The Sargerite Keystone straight up says “allows travel to any and all *legion* worlds”. Azeroth isn’t a legion world.

Comment by Utigarde

on 2018-11-24T05:36:04-06:00

The Sargerite Keystone straight up says “allows travel to any and all *legion* worlds”. Azeroth isn’t a legion world.r
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It was used to open a planet sized portal to Azeroth at the end of Tomb of Sargeras, it works on Azeroth.

Comment by Silmafarion

on 2018-11-24T05:48:59-06:00

Codex sounds pretty cool. Would love to see something like that implemented!

Comment by Hyrican

on 2018-11-24T06:08:58-06:00

The Sargerite Keystone straight up says “allows travel to any and all *legion* worlds”. Azeroth isn’t a legion world.r
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It was used to open a planet sized portal to Azeroth at the end of Tomb of Sargeras, it works on Azeroth.r
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Well it is a portal that you can open if you are already on Azeroth to a legion world. I guess someone has to be there first using “normal means” to travel to a non legion world with the keystone. Fair to say Sargeras does not travel coach. Much too important. Rather use avatars and minions that prepare the way.r
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Isn’t Azeroth hidden from Sargeras direct view, else it would have been destroyed long ago? And why we always fight people trying to open portals FROM azeroth and not stopping people opening portals TO azeroth?



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