World of Warcraft Patch 4.3 Interview with Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street

Updated Mon, Sep 19, 2011 by Saia

As interest in World of Warcraft patch 4.3 grows, we got a chance to sit down with Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street to talk about the final showdown with Deathwing. In the following interview we discuss the new dungeons and raid encounter, how players will earn the next tier of raid gear and the legendary rogue daggers, and what else players can expect once Patch 4.3 hits the live servers.

Ten Ton Hammer: Is Patch 4.3 going to be the last major content patch in the Cataclysm storyline?

Greg “Ghostcrawler” Street: It will be the last major one, this is the last one with the big raid tier and a new PvP season. We may offer smaller patches afterwards but we’ve not really decided yet. However, they’re not going to offer a lot of content, this is the climax of Cataclysm, right here!

Ten Ton Hammer: Are you concerned about the perception that we’ve moved through the Cataclysm storyline so quickly? After all, the expansion isn’t even a year old.

Greg: Well we’ve said for a long time that the key to keeping players happy and focused on the game is to release content more frequently. We’ve had patches with nine months gaps in the past and we’ve had expansions that had taken two or more years. That’s kind of the reality but that’s not where we wanted to be so it’s taken us a long time but we’re finally getting into the mode where we can release content pretty quickly now so we’ll see how it works out.

Ten Ton Hammer: So tell us more about the five-man content you’ve hinted at for this patch. What can we expect?

Greg: It’s very cool. There are three separate dungeons and they’re all part of the Caverns of Time. In the first dungeon, you are sent to the future to see, more of less, what will happen if Deathwing wins. What happens - and this is a spoiler - if Deathwing wins all life on the planet is destroyed.

The dungeon takes place in an almost apocalyptic atmosphere where nothing is left but the shades of former heroes. There’s a crazy opening scene where you see the corpse of Deathwing himself impaled on the broken tip of Wrymrest Temple. It’s a really powerful-looking image and players are really going to see that and be like “What’s going on here?”

Ten Ton Hammer: So what about the second dungeon?

Greg: The second dungeon actually takes you back to the past. So, in order to defeat Deathwing, players are going to have to acquire this really powerful artifact from Azeroth’s history called the Dragon Soul. But to get the Dragon Soul, they’re going to have to go back to the time of the War of the Ancients, right when Azshara and her Night Elves had the portal open that allowed demons to come through the Well of Eternity. So right before all that happened, players will have to go in and deal with Azshara and a bunch of demons then snatch the Dragon Soul away. That one in particular is going to be a very lore-heavy dungeon.

"why did you guys decide to revamp the Darkmoon Faire?" Because we lost 1 million subs in one month so we thought we should better do something yeah know.
"Transmogrification has been one of the most discussed and controversial aspects of 4.3. Are you pleased with how it’s working out?" Yeah we know there's nothing controversial about changing appearances of gear but we thought we'd better do something to get those 1mil subs back and fast!
"Are you concerned about the perception that we’ve moved through the Cataclysm storyline so quickly? After all, the expansion isn’t even a year old."
Nah, even though we aren't releasing anymore patches until the next expansion with content in it after 4.3 and even though the WoW subscribers will still be holding on waiting for whatever we decide to release whenever, it's no biggy.

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