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SpartySmallwood Interview with Morgan Day - Lead Encounter Designer
08/04/2018 à 15:12
PAX East 2018 is coming to an end today, but more interviews are happening, showing more details and developer insights about Battle for Azeroth. Today we have the interview from
with Morgan Day, Lead Encounter Designer.
The number of tiers in Battle for Azeroth will depend on what makes sense to the story, Legion you had the Pillars of Creation and Nightborne storyline, which lead to the possibility to close Tomb of Sargeras and finally to Argus. Battle for Azeroth's first raid will be Uldir, a Titan facility in Zuldazar where the Titans experimented in how to remove the Old Gods without destroying the host (Azeroth).
Mythic+ rewards will likely stay the same for Battle for Azeroth, including the end of the week rewards based on your best Mythic+ ran.
War Campaign is the Battle for Azeroth version of the Class Order Hall Campaign in Legion. The War Campaign will send you into the enemy continent to complete tasks and skirmishes against the opposing faction.
Blizzard likes when trinkets interact with players' abilities, but interactions like Draught of Souls, that was better than legendaries for some and useless for others were too much, are problems with personal loot that they are trying to figure out as even though it's a downgrade for you, you are unable to trade it
Usually, class stacking situations, like Tomb of Soakgeras and
Coven of Shivarra
are a result of lack of communication between the encounter design team. For instance,
Coven of Shivarra
could've had only three
, which healed up faster to give more importance to single target burst to that fight.
Islands and Warfronts
Controlling Warfronts will change the zones they are located at, in favor of your faction. The amount of time you control a Warfront is based on the speed the enemy faction can gather the resources required to attack.
There will be plenty different ways to contribute to Warfronts, including professions, so every player, from hardcore to casual, can assist their faction even if they are not into PvP or PvE.
The main feature of Island Adventures is diversity. Every time you get into one, it should feel different, either by having a different team, with a different strategy against yours, or landing in a different position, or encountering different natives, among many other options.
Islands took many lessons learned with Scenarios, in what worked and didn't work as far as 3-player content goes.
As far as rewards, Islands will obviously reward Azerite, but, as long-term rewards, the team still hasn't figured out what it will be, for both Islands and Warfronts.
While there are enemy NPCs for many different classes like Shaman or Druid, you might run into enemies that don't exactly have a class, like Gazlowe, which can cast stuff like Flamethrower.
Islands' maps will have a fog of war that will limit your vision, so you won't be able to see everything on the island at once and will need to explore. After a timer, there will be an "Azerite Detector" mechanic turning on, which will show everything holding Azerite on the map, including enemies.
Currently there are only four modes planned for Islands: Normal, Heroic, Mythic and PvP. There isn't a plan for a Mythic+ difficulty for Islands at launch, but maybe for the future if Islands prove successful.
Advanced AI NPCs can jump. This feature was implemented in order to make the Advanced NPCs look more like players. They also jump at a different frequency depending on the NPC. For instance, Druids and Night Elves might be a little more bouncy than other classes or races.
Islands are supposed to last 15-30 minutes. Those times with get shorter the more you do them as you will learn what objectives are worth more Azerite and how to better work out with your team.
Watch Live from Pax East 2018 with special guest Morgan Day de SpartySmallwood at www.twitch.tv
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