World of Warcraft might get max level outdoor scaling in old zones during timewalking weeks
We already knew that World of Warcraft’s 7.three.5 patch will start Blizzard’s quest to implement scaling throughout all zones, however sport director Ion Hazzikostas provided us some extra concrete particulars on what to anticipate – together with a return to at least one of Wrath of the Lich King’s hottest raids.
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“7.3.5 is more traditional as a ‘.5’ kind of patch,” says Hazzikostas. “As mentioned, players will start to see the first improvements from scaling zones and flexibility with leveling in the old world. We’ll also have a preview of our upcoming Battle for Azeroth battleground in there. I don’t think think this was mentioned explicitly yet – Ulduar timewalking, also coming in 7.3.5.”
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the brand new timewalking gained’t be considerably completely different from the prevailing in-game implementations. “We’re scaling you back down to that level. We’re preserving the hard mode so you can push Mimiron’s big red button, and that’s a thing. It should be a fun experience for new and old alike.”
On the scaling entrance, old world content material gained’t stay related all the best way up for high-level gamers, Vanilla and Cataclysm content material solely scaling to level 60. This is “for a baseline sense of progression through the world,” says Hazzikostas. “I believe you will need to really feel like as you develop in energy, there are challenges that you simply surpass. When you return to Elwynn Forest, these are ants, they’re beneath you. You are a slayer of titans and dragons, and it is a kobold in a mine who has a candle. There’s a bit of distinction there.
“That said, that desire is one we’ve heard reflected in a number of other pieces of feedback. It’s an interesting one. We continue to expand timewalking. We’re starting to add raids, there could be some potential for outdoor worlds, tie-ins there. What if only during BC timewalking week specifically you can go revisit that [outdoor] content, and have it be relevant to you, but that’s not the normal state of affairs, it’s more a twisting of the timeways.”
While the scaling has been one of essentially the most notable options of the replace, there’s definitely extra to anticipate, says Hazzikostas. “7.3.5 is also going to really begin to flesh out some of the epilogue of Legion, the events after Antorus, the events that will begin to bridge the gap between the expansions. It’s a proper ‘.5’ patch.”
Does that embody the Silithus datamining we noticed during 7.three.2? “I don’t know what you’re talking about, no, there’s nothing in Silithus. Twilight cultists, weird crystals, some bugs” smirks Hazzikostas. “Datamined? ‘Datamined?!'” provides Alex Afrasiabi, inventive director, with a quizzical look – we’ll have to attend and see, I suppose.
Yet it appears that is really the tip for Legion, as there are presently no plans for an additional patch of comparable scale till the discharge of Battle for Azeroth. “We don’t have any plans for a major patch on the scale of 7.3.”
7.three.5 shall be coming to PTR “in just a few weeks.” Once that is executed, it is time for a Battle for Azeroth beta.