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7-14-2011 @ 11:03AM
If memory serves, datamining sites like MMO-C have found entire zones, instances, etc in the game files that either never made it live or sat unused through entire patches or even expansions. (I forget which instances/zones.) Just because something in there doesn't mean it's going to make it live in the upcoming patch.
7-14-2011 @ 11:12AM
The emerald dream was one that I know of.
7-14-2011 @ 11:16AM
moreover, when they datamined the tanking heriloom pants from 4.2 files they included a specific note on the main page saying they didn't think they'd make it in game, as all the other heriloom sets also have pants in the game files that aren't in game.
7-14-2011 @ 11:36AM
THey found the Celestial Dragon pet - the one you get for having 150 pets - over a year ago. Blizz adds all sorts of things into game files they dont' intend on using immediately.
7-14-2011 @ 12:06PM
I wonder if that means we'll be getting heirloom pants in the next expansion or as a guild perk at level 30 or something like that. Assuming they're even going to use them.
7-14-2011 @ 3:42PM
I remember back in Wrath they found (or people using the site posted about) these weird spider mobs. Some were more mite-like than spiders and had fat bodies, but others were just regular spiders but hanging upside down. At the time that mob style wasn't used (I think the spiders in ICC came down but it was different than them just hanging there). Of course, now we see what they were for! Beth'tilac and all her buddies!
7-15-2011 @ 4:46AM
"But [dataminers] found this stuff in 4.2 data files, why isn't it released?""But why can't I run T11 raids to gather T12 points?""But why do I have to do dailies? 4.2 is so boring."Every patch, the same questions reappear...
7-16-2011 @ 7:44AM
There's tons of stuff hidden in the game files as such. There's also tons of movies available online that show it off, such as the Emerald Dream (which has been in the game almost since Launch) and the original Outland / Hellfire Peninsula (most of which was reused in Burning Crusade).For six years, there were multitudes of places that existed on Live servers that were covered up by the ever-present mountains that seperated zones. Twilight Highlands used to be a mish-mash of multi-colored terrain and crazy hills and valleys that went on for miles. One could stand atop it and look down on Grim Batol from above.Hyjal is a shining example. It was there for the entire time leading up to Cata, at about 90% completion. It only needed quests and mobs added to it. If you study the original zone terrain for Hyjal using either map viewer, a Hunter or Shaman with "Far Sight / Eagle Eye" or via a private server, you'll see that Blizzard changed very little in the zone itself, with the majority of changes being done in Darkwhisper Gorge.Point is, WoW has always been full of things that were planned, then scrapped. Or maybe they weren't really scrapped at all, maybe it's all been planned since the beginning, and that stuff was just partially done and not ready yet.
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