Liveblog of the Shadowlands Interview with Ion Hazzikostas and Zoltan
Zoltan is interviewing Ion Hazzikostas on their Twitch stream and answering questions about Shadowlands! We'll be liveblogging the interview and summarizing important answers in this post.
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Expansion still planned to release in 2020.
Leaving a Covenant is not difficult, rejoining an abandoned Covenant is the hard part.
datamined Jailer picture
is the actual model of the Jailer.
Sylvanas's new Armor
is basically her joining a Maw Covenant.
You can only equip one Legendary at a time.
The Maw raid set is transmog from Legendaries. You won't be able to get it all in 9.0 but over the course of the expansion.
Blue-eyed Blood Elves are not planned to be character customization, just textures for NPCs.
This picture of the Jailer is it "the Jailer" or another Jailer.
This is the model of the Jailer. When they were doing the cinematic for Jailer, the final model of the Jailer wasn't finished yet so they used the silhouette for the cinematic instead.
Connections Between Azeroth and Shadowlands
There is a connection and parallels between the Pantheon seen in Azeroth and the Pantheon of Death that rules over the Shadowlands.
What Happens in Pre-Patch?
They'll release the full details as they get closer to pre-patch but they want to tell the story of the undead when the Helm of Domination was broken. It will mostly take place in Icecrown and Northrend.
There are some story stuff that needs to be wrapped up as well, like Nathanos who has many characters hunting him.
Why does Sylvanas have a new model?
When players join a Covenant, they get special armor sets. Sylvanas' new armor is her basically joining a "Maw Covenant".
How many expansions are you planning in advance?
Planning about 2 expansions in advance. While they don't know specifics, they did know they were going to Shadowlands. They knew that Bwonsamdi originally wasn't going to play a big role in Shadowlands, but people were excited about his character in BFA so they decided to bring him more to the frontlines in Shadowlands.
Will the expansion be delayed due to COVID?
After a 1 week adjustment period in March, the team is now able to work comfortably from home and stay safe. Still plan to release in 2020.
How would you be able to change your Covenant?
The general philosophy is leaving a Covenant and joining a new one will not actually be too difficult. However, what will be difficult is rejoining a Covenant once you abandon them. Azerite Armor taught them some lessons about how Hardcore players will continue to pay an increasing cost even though it was intended to ward them off at some point.
When you first join a Covenant, you will initially have 2 Soulbind characters and you can unlock a 3rd Soulbind character by doing the Covenant campaign. You can swap these at any times and can be used everywhere.
How much time will you need for one legendary?
It's still something that they're figuring out. One every 2-3 weeks is the current thought similar to Legion, but with much more control. You can only equip one legendary at a time.
When will the Horde starting zone be available on the Shadowlands Alpha?
Probably in a few weeks. They want to fix bugs and take feedback on the Alliance starting zone and apply it to the Horde starting zone so they don't have to fix bugs twice.
Will Layering be used on Live?
Layering is a classic thing due to how the world works. Shadowlands will continue to use Sharding.
Is Leveling too fast on alpha?
Values are not completely tuned on Alpha right now. 7 hours is probably too fast, but they do want it faster than on live right now.
New Mythic+ Affixes?
They plan on continuing seasonal affixes -- yet to design it yet but they want to design it. They may redesign one or two affixes if they come up with something good and they will retune some of them as well. Mythic+ is one of the last thing they do because they want to understand the dungeons before layering more things about it.
Each Covenant has a transmog set, there's a raid set. For the hardcore Maw raid set, the current plan will probably be the transmog set from
You won't be able to unlock this in 9.0, but over the course of the expansion you should be able to get the complete set.
Can we set Kael'thas free?
There's a possibility that you can set Kael'thas free.
What about Allied Race customizations?
For the initial release of Shadowlands, the focus is on the original races. Character customizations is an ongoing project and they're never completely done.
Class Themed Sets
Right now the focus is on covenant sets, but in the focus they want to try to bring back class themed sets. Want to see if they can change the opinion of previous hunter class sets.
Blue-Eyed Blood Elves
Ion confirmed that Blue Eyed Blood Elves as a character customization are not planned and just from datamining. Blue Eyed Blood Elves are textures for NPCs, and the real character customizations should be available in the upcoming weeks on Alpha.
Conquest and Honor are coming back. No new Battlegrounds planned, potentially a Shadowlands-themed arena.
PvP Gladiator Mounts and Titles
No plans to make them account-wide as they represent a major accomplishment and skill on a certain class.
Plans at Level 60?
Not everything is done yet. World quests will still be around. Covenants will have "calling" which are the new Emissaries, and there are more than just "complete X world quests". There's also an epic Covenant quest line which unlocks another soulbind. Leveling your Covenant Sanctum is important long term. You'll be bringing back Anima from a wide variety of activities. You'll be collecting souls from the Maw and Torghast and bringing them back to your Covenant themselves.
Also Raids, dungeons and PvP.
The Maw will unlock on the Alpha in a couple weeks. You start off in the Maw leading the forces against the Jailer and then you end up in Oribos. You go back there a couple times during the quest line but at 60, it becomes the end game where you can spend time there under the watchful eye of the Jailer.
No current plans to bring WoW to console. This was an accessibility measure as many people use controllers already using 3rd party programs.
Orgrimmar and Stormwind updates
They want to continue updating the old world while also trying to figure out where the artists time is best spent. They don't want to completely overhaul the cities right now, maybe in the future.
Who won Battle for Azeroth?
The forces of Sylvanas lost, but it's hard to say that Sylvanas lost, considering her current situation.
Alliance or Horde didn't win--they agreed on a peace treaty. Something to debate for years to come.
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