Feb 25th 2008 9:36AM This is a bigger patch than even the Black Temple was as far as new content goes, and there's been some pretty funky bugs cropping up in this one. And there's likely stuff in there prepping for WotLK as well
The progressive testing may make for a more reliable and balanced end, but that might slow things down even more.
Depressing as the thought may be, I'm going to go with the 1th of April.
Feb 19th 2008 9:08PM Many seem to think it's just to stop people QQing about the awkward travel, but as an Alliance player on the PTR, I can honestly tell you that flying to Quel'Danas every time you want to involve yourself in the new content *is* horribly repetitive and tiresome. Especially early on, when there's only 2 quests to do there.
It may seem like a small change, but this is going to be extremely welcome for Alliance players, and I'm betting that it *will* make it into the Live Realm. They'd be crazy not to.
@Aichon: I think he was referring to the very flight paths you just mentioned.
What exactly is the deal with this now Shattrah transport? Is it permanent item that acts as a hearthstone from anywhere in the world? If so... sweeeeeet.
Feb 17th 2008 2:58AM Am I the only person here who thinks that this situation is nothing more than out-of-date ToU whose wording got eschewed, causing the whole thing to get blown out of proportion?
1 - Considering the original ToU, have they ever actually taken user content and redistributed it for their own means?
2 - How long has it been up before someone actually bothered to notice? If anything, it proves that people don't seem to care what their rights are.
3 - It was changed rather swiftly, nullifying the problem. If they weren't interested, they could have left it as it is. A lot of companyies wouldn't respect their customer base that way.
Build mountains out of a mole-hill, much?
(No, I don't work for Curse. =P )
Feb 16th 2008 3:53PM "I imagine that there are millions of active accounts that no longer actually play the game."
Maybe a few thousand... but *millions* of non-active subscribers?
*saves this chart* Any time I see someone on the forums bitching that Blizzard is going to lose their entire customer base if "they don't fix this, that, or the other thing.", I'll link them to this.
Feb 16th 2008 12:38AM I'm indifferent to this.
There really isn't anything wrong with being able to access similar content through different means; be it raiding, PvP, or "casual" world PvE.
The way I see, if the time investment is the same, it's perfectly valid. If it is genuinely "easier" to get the same quality loot at a faster pace... meh.
It'll all be obsolete in a month anyway.
Feb 9th 2008 9:37AM "Players aren't exactly excited about the patch on the forums"
It's the official forums. When are they ever?
They added an entirely new location, with not one, but *two* completely new instances, added a crapload of new content, and fixed plenty of major issues.. and all people can seem to remark on is the pack that druids heals are a little stronger and one mob is harder to avoid?
Anyway PTR patch notes are never the final notes. There are things that will be tested and possibly before the final patch is released.
As it stands, this is a pretty hefty patch, and extremely impressive. I've checked out the new location, but haven't had a chance to try out the new 5-man yet, but it should be quite the blast.
Feb 8th 2008 7:49PM It was quite entertaining to watch the Test Realm forum earlier
There was well over 20 pages of threads in the space of a half an hour. Then they all got deleted... the forum was closed... then it opened again, and there was a page of posts in the space of a minute.
Am I the only one refreshing the forum every minute to see if something crops up? I usually don't get over excited about patches, but this one is an exception.