much anticipation Patch 3.3.5, the supposed last content patch
before Cataclysm, has been unleashed on the World of Warcraft
community. With it has come a plethora of changes that will hopefully
make the wait for Cataclysm more bearable, but as with all patches
3.3.5 has taken the WoW servers out of commission for a short while. So
while you wait why not familiarize yourself with the upcoming changes
and find out what they could mean for you.
Assault on the Ruby SanctumIt looks like Blizzard isn’t waiting for Cataclysm to make some big changes to the WoW world, something is amiss at the Ruby Sanctum, the epicenter of the red dragonflight, all is silent and still. Draconic guards have vanished and the structure itself appears weakened. The Ruby Sanctum is the home to the largest clutch of red dragon eggs on Azeroth and if the Sanctum is allowed to be breached the red dragonflight will never be the same.
While I’m glad to see a new dungeon introduced I’m not sure if it will be enough to satisfy the masses until Cataclysm. With only four rumored bosses, the instance will be a relatively small one (perhaps a tribute to the smaller instances promised in Cataclysm?), and should be taken down rather quickly by most guilds. So while I will enjoy wiping out this new instance and collecting the rewards I doubt that such a short instance will do much good in staving off the pre expansion pack boredom that is so common among WoW players unless the instance is exceptionally hard, or Cataclysm is coming sooner than we think.
Real IDWhile the new instance is surely something to cause a stir, the Real ID system is the one I am truly excited for. The Real ID system will allow players to connect across Battle.net. This means you can now chat cross-game, cross-realm, and cross faction as long as you and your friends have mutually agreed to become Real ID friends. No more will players lose contact with friends due to a server transfer or faction change.
The Real ID system will also identify your friends by their real life names next to the character they are playing removing the guessing game of which friend is which. On top that players will be able to broadcast short status messages to all their Real ID friends to see. And if that wasn’t enough awesomeness for you, once you are Real ID friends with someone you will be able to automatically see the other’s characters on your friends list for any Blizzard games they might be playing, including future games!
All I have to say to these changes is bravo Blizzard, it’s about time. The Real ID system will shake off the social shackles players were previously confined to and take WoW to a whole new level, that is once Blizzard works the bugs out of it. For more information on the Real ID system visit the Real ID FAQ page.
GeneralMy mother always told me that good deeds are often rewarded and Blizzard has just proved it by the change to the Dungeon Finder Vote Kick feature. Previously all players had a cooldown to use the Vote Kick option, however now the system will take note of how many times a player uses the option, or abandons a group. Players who rarely kick group members or who stay in groups until dungeons are completed will find that the Vote Kick option has no cooldown. For more naughty players who don’t hold themselves to such standards the Vote Kick option will remain on a cooldown until they mend their ways.
User InterfaceChat Frame
Blizzard is trying to put chat programs like WIM (WoW Instant Messanger) out of business. In Patch 3.3.5 players will be able to right click on a chat (Whisper, Party, ect) and move the conversation to it’s own personal window which can be moved to anywhere on the screen. If this function is used on a Whisper it will place the conversation with the individual player in a separate window and will glow when you receive a new message.
Once again Blizzard it’s about time as the Chat Frame is one of the most bland features in the game. I know I and many others will also be glad to finally be able to uninstall that third party mod, as one less mod is almost never a bad thing. However, for those of you who are feeling nostalgic players will be able to select Classic Mode in their Interface Options reverting the Chat Frame back to it’s original state.
Blizzard has made some small changes to the Friends List corresponding with the addition of the Real ID system. The Friends List will now have the option for players to add friends via their Battle.net accounts, and will also be rocking a brand new Pending tab where players can manage their Real ID friend requests.
The Friends List will also take on a more instant messanger feel, with the addition of a Broadcast window that will post short messages to all Real ID friends online, and the option to select from one of three statuses (Away, Available, and Busy) that will allow your friends to easily see if it’s advisable to message you or not. Since the Friends List has suddenly become the happening place to be on your screen Blizzard has also added a button to your Chat Frame providing players with easy access to their Friends List.
While Patch 3.3.5 is a relatively small patch the changes it is bringing are huge. Most of the changes and additions have been a long time coming and will hopefully help propel WoW smoothly into the future. Blizzard at least this time has proven that they do listen to their users, and while it may take some time they will eventually answer the call. So in the case of Patch 3.3.5 I say well done Blizzard. If you are interested in reading the official Patch notes for 3.3.5 please visit Blizzard’s page for Current Patch Notes.