World of Warcraft patch 7.2 has been extremely robust throughout the previous month or so, but there is a big trouble on everyone’s thoughts – once they can take on Kil’Jaedan in the Tomb of Sargeras? We finally got a (tentative) answer, in accordance with a reside Q&A with the World of Warcraft team at Blizzard.
“No exact date, but we’ll probably post the full unlock schedule some time in Could and we feel like five months is good for a huge raid like Nighthold, so that is about where it will be. Probably mid-late June.” said World of Warcraft Game Director Ion Hazzikostas.
It is said that testing for the raid is ongoing on the PTR. In fact, the raid will be available once again for testing this weekend on the PTR’s Looking for Raid function and will be used for class balance testing.
Some players are a little disappointed with the speed of the new content in the patch, but it seems that Blizzard is very satisfied with it for storytelling reasons. Hazzikostas elaborated throughout the Q & A:
Storytelling is a major part – a global narrative, etc. Raid opening is purely gameplay reasons. So then we needed an in-game excuse for that. So we built a series of chapters/events to lead up to that. Originally, we wanted to break up weekly steps between something meaty and some “filler” i.e. kill 10 rares. People felt Broken Shore was kind of empty when you were limited in this way. So we sped it up a bit – Sentinax, etc, early class campaign in week three, etc. The filler stuff now is usually a bit of back-end of progression, but culminates with class mount acquisition.
Ultimately this rests on my shoulders and content was not planned as well as it should have been. So much of it is that there are 12 class campaigns, seven artifact campaigns, etc. Served us well in the beginning but a lot of resources went into that for this patch – which means players don’t see a lot of the other work if they only play one class.
Not only that, according to Blizzard, but these expectations were a little off in the first place, and they said that this is exactly what they described at Blizzcon.