Blizzard less liberal with phasing in Mists of Pandaria, won't segregate players
Posted: 19.09.2012 12:17 by Simon Priest Comments: 9
World of Warcraft's second expansion the Wrath of the Lich King introduced phasing to the MMO community, where an area of the game world altered to reflect major story elements.

While it helped to make Azeroth feel more immersive, it also cut players off from one another. Mists of Pandaria will have less phasing, and keeps everyone in sight.

Blizzard refer to phasing as a "story sledgehammer," said lead quest designer David Kosak. It's something they want to utilised sparingly, but regardless players won't be isolated anymore.

"As I instruct my team, phasing is like a story sledgehammer," Kosak told GameSpy in an interview. "It's the big gun. We want to avoid it as much as possible. There's still phasing in Mists of Pandaria for major story moments, but it'll be very obvious that you've been phased."

Even phased players can now see others despite the experience of occupying two different environments. This isn't entirely new to Mists of Pandaria. "We did a little bit of that in patch 4.2 with the Firelands," he explained. "We really want to keep that, moving forward. Being in an MMO, you want to be with other people."

Another lesson learnt by the Blizzard questing team is that the old days of vanilla World of Warcraft are long since passed with a huge decline in interest to dedicate long stretches of time trying to put a group together for tackling a quest. Mists of Pandaria jettisons group quests to ensure a steady pace for gamers.

"People have less patience these days," he continued.

"The biggest problem with group quests way back in the days of vanilla WoW was the process of actually getting people together. It took a long time. It was a shame, especially if it was part of your quest progression, to just hit this brick wall where you need to find some other people, and if fewer people are in the zone it's even harder."

Blizzard will continue to refine the group finding tools from Wrath of the Lich King, and the new expansion includes scenario quests where the traditional trio of tank, healer and DPS aren't necessarily required to achieve success.

"We'll put the group together for you, so you queue in with your friends or we'll find a group for you. You can get in instantly regardless of your class or role, which is cool because it solves that patience problem."

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria releases on PC September 25th. Blizzard will be hosting a live streamed launch event for the latest expansion via the official World of Warcraft YouTube channel.

Source: GameSpy

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By SiyaenSokol (SI Elite) on Sep 20, 2012
None of these things really bother me... I have never really been a WoW fan, so good luck to this game. I'll probably start playing when it maybe becomes F2P.
By lichlord (SI Core) on Sep 20, 2012
if that ever does...
27 euros for 2 months its just not worth it im not gonna spend like 81 euros in a year for playing one i prefer to be cheap and head on to guild wars a onetime payment game is better surtenly if youre a player who doesn't feel like (forced) playing a game all the time just to get its worth in sub payment...
By SiyaenSokol (SI Elite) on Sep 21, 2012
That has always been my problem with WoW. In all honesty, I don't mind paying for my entertainment, but the fact that I have only two months to play bothers me quite a bit.

I want to play when I want to play, not because the damn system says:
"Oh remember, you only have 60 days to play. Skip one day, and you lose that day's money."

I will definitely get Guild Wars 2. It looks better than WoW, and is F2P.
By lichlord (SI Core) on Sep 21, 2012
agreed if wow changed its subs policy to substract the time on when you play rather then 2 months and counting down even when in bed...

then again they actually will "lose" money oops... i think its one of thos games who will rather die then go f2p...
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Sep 22, 2012
Just saying that Guild Wars 2 isn't F2P, it just isn't subscription based, big difference ^^

If it was F2P, you wouldn't have to buy it.
By lichlord (SI Core) on Sep 22, 2012
yeah i think he meant the nosubs way as the "f2p" ^^
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Sep 22, 2012
*yawn* More "WoW" thrilling.
By lichlord (SI Core) on Sep 22, 2012
and to the obvious plain sarcasm lol i only could hold it for a week before saying pfff im outta this sh*t XD
By SiyaenSokol (SI Elite) on Sep 22, 2012
My apologies... I actually meant no subscriptions. xD