By Blizzard Entertainment.
Q: (Red Shirt Guy) Thanks for putting a
representation of me in the game! In Gilneas, the questlines end
with the strong feeling of to be continued and that we are going
back, the only zone that had that feel was Hyjal and we went back
there too. Are we going back to Gilneas too?
A: It would be fun to go back to Gilneas, its
not on the cards right away but we just love the way the area feels.
The zone has its very own story and it's a little hard to integrate
to the rest of the world.
Q: You did not mention a world PvP zone for MoP, maybe that could be
the World PvP area for MoP?
A: The war between the Horde and Alliance will
really heat up in Pandaria every patch, so we are looking forward to
Q: What happened to Arthas's body? What happened to Illidan's body?
What about Kael'thas?
A: It is likely we will bring Illidan back,
not so much for Kael'thas, he already had his come back. Arthas's
body is somewhere but we don't really know where.
Q: What is the motivation that the Pandaren have for fighting each
A: Something that is hard to get across in the
demos is that the pandaren that live on the turtle have been
separated from the pandaren on the mainland for ages. Its almost
like a splinter culture. They are the ones that you as players you
are going to play. They are going out to the world. You can see
these events in the 1-10 experience. By the time your Pandaren gets
to 85/90 you have traveled the world fighting for the Aliance and
When the Pandaren meet each other on the field they are more of
WHAT'S UP instead of being pissed at each other. They would probably
be drinking beer right after. All the sort of anger, hatred and
other negative energies become the Sha. It literally can come and
bite you in the butt. They don't want to bring all that bad baggage
into a fight. When a Pandaren fights he fights to reach a
conclusion. When things are settled you take a beer.
Q: You wrote the book Blood and Honor, are you planning on writing
something else in the future?
A: Writing made me nervous and was exciting,
it is different than the writing we have to do for the game but
maybe one day I will do another.
Q: This question is regarding Lordaeron, I want to know what
happened to Arthas' sister, what happened to her?
A: We are thinking about it. We don't really
have a plan but we have been talking about her forever. There were
some hooks in the RPG line but no current plans. While that's on my
mind, how many RPers are there in the audience?
We said the RPG line was non canonical but there are some really
good bits in those books so all I would say that they are broadly
non-canonical but there are lots of bits in there that we want to
use. At some point we might put some project together to some ideas
that we want to say yes or no on. Admiral Proudmore has some elf
baby so that wont actually go through for example.
Q: Why have characters like Krasus, Khadgar, and especially Rhonin
that have been directly tied to the Black Dragonflight not been in
A: A lot of time we'll have stories in the
novel that feel like they should continue in the game but we decide
to not include them in the game because it would be really hard to
make everybody catch up on the whole story.
Q: Whatever happened to the crown of menethil, or is that something
we are going to find out about?
A: Terenas Crown? Legendary loot drop.
Q: Tyrande was a strong character, but hasn't done anything much
A: Thrall took an entire expansion to add in,
we hadn't gotten to him before that. Tyrande is the same way, we
haven't gotten around to it yet. We don't intend on leaving her
being a weak character, she will get her turn when we can get to it.
Jaina proudmoore will also get some love
pretty soon. Thrall isn't done yet either, he isn't weak. Champion
level Thrall is on the way.
Q: This panel has said that Pandarians have no sense of hatred. How
does it make sense for a Pandaren to be a Warlock, but not a druid?
A: If that is true, I do not like it. I
usually get overruled when it comes to game design. These classes,
Warlock, Deathknight are not choosing this life. If they can indeed
roll Warlock, it is not impossible for them to not hate.
Q: Why cant they roll Druid then? The bear as a bear argument is
A: Monday morning we will yell at the design
dudes. Pandaria was not there during the Sundering so I guess
Cenarion was not there teaching them. I still think druids are out,
that might change though.
Q: Dragon Soul is inconsistent with a lot of lore or changes a lot
of lore, how does that work?
A: Wait and see.
Q: Arthas's mother was mentioned in the WotLK novel, there was never
any mention to what happened to her. Was he a Mamas boy that he did
not kill her?
A: We have not officially -made that up- yet,
we have not crafted her fate. My impression from WC3 is that it
works better if she would have died somewhere before the fall of
Lordaeron. Killing Terenas is pretty striking, I just think it
diminishes the moment if he goes on a Charlie Manson spree.
..or you kill her and you get a legendary crown. (Reference to
earlier question) ... but probably not!
Q: Is it safe to assume his mum was killed previously by Arthas'
A: It is something we need to talk about.
Q: I just read the Sylvanas Windrunner short story, what happened to
the Shards of Frostmourne?
A: It wasn't specifically addressed in the
story, I don't think we've addressed it in the lore. Some very smart
people in the lore picked these things up and took them somewhere
safe and I imagine there might be some shenanigans one day, with
some people trying to reforge it one day, and that's all I know
about it ...
Q: My question is about Algalon, he kind of goes into a mid-life
crisis he seems to wonder how you can differ from the Titan plan,
then he decides more than one hour a week to see what makes us tick.
What is he up to? Are there more of his kind to see what he is up
A: We don't know, it wasn't addressed in the
story or lore. We might see someone reforging it in the future. Good
question.. hmm.. the whole titan storyline.. who those folks are,
what they are doing in the universe. Are they still alive? Do they
have a plan if the world goes south? The titan storyline throughout
WoW is something that needs to play out during a long time. Its not
like we will have titans in two expansions. They are from somewhere
really exotic. Not sure how to leverage them into the timeline
again, I loved what we did with in WotLK and Cataclysm. Ill riff a
little bit and tell you that there are things about TBC that I
really really loved. Shattered planets in the sky and ethereals
running around.. but as we talked to the community people wanted to
kill kobolds and stuff that's what fantasy means to them...
There is a part of me that just wants to launch into the universe.
Are the titans still moving out there? Is the Burning Legion still
out there? I want to go to Argus. How badass would it be if there
was a shiny fleet of Draenei out there... oh technically that's
Protoss. Its just a matter of feeling it out. We have a lot of time
with this game. Let me just ask you all.. Is anyone here into the
*crowd goes YUUUUS* There is something about Azeroth that is unique
within the cosmology and that's why its in the focus of this.
Q: Do you have plans to resolve the Forsaken's strained place in the
A: We realize that it is unresolved, we are
going to explore the fissures in the Horde more in the future
Q: I love trolls. They are awesome. They are the best race ever
created in WoW in my opinion. You gave us the new heroics and they
were great and fun to play. But will we ever see a return of the
A: *Chris looks like he got the best idea ever
just now* If the troll tribes could ever unite, look out world! We
are going to continue the troll storyline in MoP. We will probably
actuallize the Zandalari. They are not done yet and they are crazy.
They are being driven by something just now.
Q: I like the serious parts of WoW, some comic elements are fun, but
will MoP be all lighthearted or will we get some war and darker
A: You haven't even seen them or the expansion
yet, we went back 15,000 years when creating them. We created a rich
history and they aren't a joke race. There is a lot of story behind
them, we think they are awesome fighters. They love life, play hard,
work hard, fight hard, sleep hard. We aren't building an expansion
based on an April Fool's joke. The Pandaren had some nice artwork
for a long time, we have been thinking about them forever. They
aren't a joke, they aren't silly, just a little bit lighter. They
are relaxed, but this is part of the growing war between Horde and
Alliance. The Pandaren are going to be part of this story.
Q: I read the shattering and the short story and Cairne Bloodhoof
seems like he's walking the Sunwalker path.
A: It can go a lot of ways. The sunwalker
thing, everybody had a fit when it came out. It just did not feel
all that right. Sunwalker was an attempt to at least try and realize
the lore and make sure it would fit as well as it could fit and the
quest designers did a good job figuring that out. I don't think its
appropriate for a tauren leader, I like the idea that Baine and
Cairne are not supernatural people, they are just Tauren. I'm not a
huge fan of making them a sunwalker. I don't think we have solid
plans yet of where Baine was going to go.
Q: Are we going to see more of the book's events in game ever?
A: Some big things are coming in Patch 4.3,
really big. It completes a very large story. It has been hard to
develop the story for the books in real time with WoW, that is why
we talked a lot about the past. Moving forward we want to try and do
some story in the books that is current with the game. Not everyone
wants to go and read books and comics, they want the content in the
game. Players feel cheated when it is in a book and not in the game,
which is why big current events happen in game rather than in books.
The books provide more details, but we are going to try to get more
of the books in game beyond just the big events.
Q: I've played Alliance for 7 years *crowd woos* you have done a
wonderful job with the Horde story, and its really great but when it
comes to Varian he is a boring and 1 dimensional characters. Does
Alliance ever get to kick ass in WoW?
A: Here's the deal, part of the Thrall thing I
have been pushing, I particularly love that character. I don't see
that as a Horde issue but as a Thrall issue. I'm biased. Here's what
we are going to do: I don't know exactly where its going to drop, we
are trying to get this for 5.0. Varian has the possibility to be a
very awesome char. There will be a really awesome questline where
Varian really shines out as a character. You will be his squire and
will help Varian be an awesome character. And all the Alliance races
WILL worship Varian as a true king.
The Alliance is going to need a king that has his shit together. We
are going to need this for MoP. We owe the alliance big time! We are
also going to explore the various relationships with Andruin (his
son), before Christie Golden wrote the shattering we had no plans
for Anduin. Its all thanks to Christie that Anduin has been such an
We got some plans for that boy one day, so there you have it.
Q: Are there any rules to the Val'kyr Resurrection of Sylvanas?
A: She had nine, used five so far, so there
are only four left.
Q: I brought my archive to sign for you. I have 10 Horde 85s on 1
server. One of each class. I have always had a soft spot for Tirion
to kind of justify why I loved him so much. Now for my question,
Neptulon in the Throne of Tides. What happened to him? Are we going
to find out about his relationship to Ozumat?
A: Maybe we ill just leave that buried under
the ocean. I have no good answer for that. What happens in the
Throne of Tides stays in the Throne of Tides.
Q: The new Lich King was awesome before, but once he became Lich
King he hasn't done anything about the Scourge. Why not?
A: The Scourge and cult of the damned are
independent of one another. The timeline is messy, if we could do it
like a book the Scourge would have toned it down and things aren't
as bad as they used to be. Clearly the quests are still in the game,
it isn't something we can go back and fix right now. Someone picked
up those Frostmourne fragments.
Q: In the Gundrak dungeon there is an area with the stone sentinel
guys, and if you look over the rig you see a huge snake tail. There
is nothing that massive and snakey in .. its a Chris Metzen answer
to just go well look into it so I brought a screenshot of it for
*Chris looks at snake tail*
A: Dude just showed you his snake, man. -Dave
That is not the thing that is driving the trolls. Its a super secret
WoW storyline. Thrall is going to leave Aggra and start dating Jaina..
in all seriousness I have no idea what it is but its really awesome!
Sometimes really awesome stuff shows up in game and we scramble to
explain what it is. Welcome to developing video games. We put the
WHAT in WHAT.
Q: How will the panda leadership work since they belong to both
factions? Can the leader be voiced by Jack Black?
A: They don't really have leaders like the
other factions. There are important pandas, representatives to each
faction sure, but no single leader. No Jack Black voices, it isn't a
panda movie. We were going to give Alliance pandas in Burning
Crusade, but it didn't really fit. We have been serious about doing
it for a long time, and it is a good thing we didn't do it then. We
can do it much cooler and in a more interesting way now.
Mists of Pandaria will
focus on the continuing battle between Alliance and Horde. More
breaking MoP news can be found here at WoW-MoP.net
playable race! Not only is the Pandaren race being rediscovered in
Azeroth, both Alliance and Horde players will be able to create and
play Pandaren characters.
WoW MoP News
Nov 16, 2011:
Mists of Pandaria : New WoW Feature Pet Battles
Nov 13, 2011:
Mists of Pandaria : New Class Monk
Nov 9, 2011:
Mists of Pandaria : New Race Pandaren
Nov 6, 2011:
Mists of Pandaria : New Continent Pandaria
Nov 2, 2011:
Mists of Pandaria : An Expansion Based On April Fools?
Oct 28, 2011:
Pandaren Mount : Turtles
Oct 26, 2011:
Mists of Pandaria Release Date Sooner Than Expected?
Oct 22, 2011:
Mists of Pandaria is the next WoW expansion!
Oct 20, 2011:
that Mists of Pandaria is the next WoW expansion
Oct 19, 2011:
Mists of Pandaria : The Fourth WoW Expansion?
At BlizzCon 2011 Mists of Pandaria
MoP was announced as the new WoW expansion!
with a new playable Pandaren race, MoP will also introduce the Monk class
with a martial arts focus!
WoW Monk Class
MoP Release Date
Current MoP release date speculation is Spring of 2012