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Last week, several websites and content creators were able to sit down with various developers from the World of Warcraft team about the upcoming launch of Patch 9.1: Chains of Domination. On Friday, AusGamers published an interview recently conducted with Game Director Ion Hazzikostas about all of the changes coming with Patch 9.1. If you would like to read the full interview with Ion, check out the link provided here. Here’s a quick rundown of the major topics that were discussed during the interview:


  • Story
    • The Sylvanas encounter is on a scale that will exceed a vast majority of what has ever been tried before in any of the previous raids.
    • Ion is currently looking forward to seeing what the community discusses about what is next for Sylvanas after the events in Chains of Domination.
    • There were specific details of the patch that included things like twists and turns, raid bosses, and major narrative moments that came together at the end of last year and the beginning of this year.
  • Torghast
    • The current issues with Torghast couldn’t easily be picked up during the beta due to the players on the beta were there to simply check out Torghast and didn’t have the specific goals in mind that come in a live environment.
    • The team wished to restore some of the challenge taken from Torghast with the nerfs and make a more accessible baseline.
  • Korthia
    • Korthia holds the relics and mysteries that hint at the origins of the Shadowlands and everything we have seen.
    • Korthia will begin to unravel secrets such as the origins of the mysterious waystone used to escape the Maw, and where Oribos comes from.
  • Transmog
    • There was a much larger task to implement with mixing and matching the transmogs of each individual shoulder piece than just hiding one shoulder.
  • Burning Crusade Classic
    • The closer look at the community in Classic informs some of their thinking about modern game design and how to recapture some of what may have been lost along the way, while retaining the upsides.
    • Internal conversations revolve around how the team can reinforce and reintroduce the mechanisms that lead to the formation of new friendships and connections and rely on the importance of those.

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