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Lost Codex BlizzCon 2017 Interview - Zandalari Travel Form is Raptor
18/11/2017 à 08:29
At BlizzCon 2017,
The Lost Codex
, a lore channel dedicated to all things Azeroth through visual, narrative and musical storytelling, sat down with Alex Afrasiabi and Shani Edwards to discuss Battle for Azeroth.
They have shared their interview notes with us below! Highlights include:
The Alliance will get a taste of the story showing why the Nightborne allied with the Horde.
Zandalari Druid Models will have their own form, and travel form is a raptor.
The Kul Tiran big burly humans are 100% new models--they are not re-rigged humans.
Edit: The video is now up!
Who fired first?
A: We’ll experience the glory of that situation. But Alex Saw a Reddit post on his Orc who had started a campfire on the Teldrassil branches. He definitely fired first shot :)
Q: When did Manduin develop this battle prowess?
Alex: Wouldn’t call it battle prowess. Anduin has received many forms of martial, arms and priestly training (Velen). He’s a friend of Baine and has received his fair share of martial training as the King's son.
Anduin is having trouble sleeping, having these visions and nightmares. He needs to understand what happened on the Broken Shore, but everyone is trying to protect him. He needed to go around and hear what his people were saying, he needed to disguise himself and see for himself and Genn handing him the Blade was that first moment of him coming into him becoming a man. We’re seeing a big shift for Anduin.
Q: Why those 6 allied races?
Shani Edwards: They liked those 6 from the start and a lot of it had to do with player feedback that wanted to be those races. They also wanted to do something new and cool and something that hadn’t existed before, which is where the Void Elf came from.
Why did Thalyssra ally with Horde? Will Alliance see that story unfolding?
A: Allied races have a strict set of prerequisites, primary one being questing. Nightborne quest will show that turning point for Horde (and Alliance will get a taste of that story too)
Do the Lightforged look down on the Faction war after fighting such a big battle?
A: The Lightforged do not look down on the faction war. The Lightforged are just another group of draenei who boarded the Naaru vessel when they left Argus. The Genedar then splits into two different ships (Xenedar and Genedar) and went their separate ways. When things went south for the Lightforged, the Draenei came to their help. When Legion ends, who’s their war with now? Who do they fight along side? With their family.
Anduin and Light versus Alleria with Void?
A: Anduin is still a priest, not a paladin. As a priest, he understands both sides in the priest discipline. Void is personified with evil, but it’s way more grey. Locus Walker was not the only one to control the void, and one day Alex hopes we visit the Void to see the horrors of the light. On this side we see the void rising up from planets with Old Gods and tentacles, but what about the other side? Is there a counter to that where planets are encased in crystalline mountains of pink and yellow narru plating and how tyrannical is that to the inhabitants of the void?
Were the Zandalari the most challenging because it doesn’t use another model like the other 5 allied races?
S: Most difficult because it’s a unique rig. It’s a modified Troll rig (straight, instead of hunch). Required a little more time on the touch ups. Same amount of time spent on them for customization options than the other allied races.
Also, it was revealed that Zandalari Druid models will have their own models and that the travel form is a Raptor.
Any hints to the future of allied races?
A:Let your imagination run wild. Then divide by 5.
Expanded Customization on existing races? Example: Lightforged beards on normal draenei?
S:Something they want to do, but focus is on allied races for now but something they do want to do.
Updates on Goblin/Worgen?
S: Its something they talk about every expansion and something they want to do.
A: We want to do it, it’s not off the table, just not yet.
What is their favorite zone aesthetic/color palette that differs from Legion?
S: Zandalari aesthetic with lots of blues, reds, golds.
A: Stormsong Valley- lures you into safety and welcoming and then the quillboar just annihilate you as they tend to do. Terrible.
Q: What is the relationship between Jaina and her mother? Would the Kul Tirans welcome her?
A: Do you think the big, burly sea dwelling humans of Kul Tiras would welcome her after knowing her history with Daelin Proudmoores death? Probably not. Who knows!
Kul Tiran vs Tirasian:
A: Kul Tiran, could be Alex’s accent though
Q: History of Kul Tiras with Alliance in recent years?
A: After Daelin, they just recessed back in. Lost a bunch of their ships, dragons, betrayal. A nation that lived on their own for 3k years, why do they need the Alliance? That’s the challenge of the story, to convince them to join the Alliance.
Also, the Kul Tiran burly human models are 100% new models, not re-rigged humans.
Q: With pirates as a threat will Bloodsail and Duke Falrevere appear:
A: Maybe some Bloodsail will appear.
Q: Where’s Dalaran and Khadgar?
A: Khadgar will be sent off soon(tm) and can do his awful dad puns and jokes until we need him again.
Battle for Azeroth at BlizzCon 201
Here's a roundup to all of Wowhead's Battle for Azeroth BlizzCon coverage, for easy navigation!
Battle for Azeroth,
World of Warcraft's next expansion was revealed
are being added in the expansion with custom appearances and special Heritage Armor sets.
previewed the Lightforged Draenei and Highmountain Tauren
races on the show floor.
can be druids!
Two dungeons were available and their
Dungeon Journal was available
in the demo.
Design a Dungeon Boss
panel also highlighted the Shrine of the Storm Dungeon.
The demo contained
from every class, but specifically tanks.
We also found that
are returning in the expansion, with one for every class (except Shamans).
We also looked at all the large
and some classes got Artifact Traits available as Talents.
Blizzard discussed these topics in
with Patrick Dawson and Chris Robinson.
Several updates are coming to gear systems:
item level and stat squish
update is coming in Battle for Azeroth.
Legendaries and Titanforging
info was revealed, including no Titanforging on Azerite armor.
The Heart of Azeroth is empowered by Azerite
and can empower latent energies in pieces of gear.
are a new 3 person co-op experience.
Kul Tiras and Zandalar
are the new continents, focusing on the maritime empire for the Alliance and trolls for the Horde.
Check out more expansion art in the
Art of WoW Panel
Stormwind and Orgrimmar
also received updates!
are heavily inspired by RTS games, and players will fight for control of Stromgarde as they expand their faction's base.
Some major quality of live changes were announced at the
such as increased character slots and upright orcs.
increased default bagpack slots
are on the way if you use an authenticator.
At the end of the Q&A we also learned that the
Battle for Azeroth Beta Opt-In
is now open.
Several announced features are
coming in Patch 7.3.5
Zone Scaling and Leveling Improvements
- all pre-Legion zones will now scale up to certain levels.
will be the second Timewalking raid, as part of the Wrath of the Lich King Timewalking Event.
The Battle for Azeroth Intro Cinematic was
previewed at the Opening Ceremony
The events of the cinematic were transformed into a
for the Battle of Lordaeron.
Before the Storm
covers the events leading up to the cinematic. The
book cover was revealed
and convention-goers received a
copy of the Prologue
We speculated on the
Burning of Teldrassil
which directly leads to the Battle for Lordaeron.
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