New character slot, class changes planned for Legion
BlizzPlanet recently interviewed Game Director Tom Chilton and Lead Game Designer Ion “Watcher” Hazzikostas to talk about the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, Legion, and players now have a little more information on what we can expect when it’s released. One of the questions addressed in the interview was about whether or not we’ll get an additional character slot with the introduction of the Demon Hunter class. To this, Chilton and Hazzikostas both responded with a straightforward, to-the-point, “Yep.” But there are certainly plenty more pieces of information to be gleaned from the interview:
- While Demon Hunters definitely have some cool customization options, that kind of customization for existing races isn’t planned. (And they specifically mention no immediate plans to add a moose-horns option to Tauren players.)
- Both Chilton and Hazzikostas reiterated their discussion of class changes they made during their Icy Veins interview. It sounds as though melee Survival Hunters and pet-based Demonology Warlocks are just the beginning, with a similar approach to distinction being taken with all specs in the game.
- A laundry list of other topics Blizzard does (or does not) plan to address in Legion, including transmoggable legendary weapons, the role (or lack thereof) of Draenor’s forces in Azeroth, advanced social features, and much more.
What I’m personally interested in are the class changes. Celestalon hinted at some changes for Shadow Priests before patch 6.2 launched and now we’re seeing even more elaboration on that concept through Survival Hunters and Demonology Warlocks. If Blizzard really does plan to take this approach to most specs in the game, it could mean a big overhaul of classes is on the way. While we don’t have more info yet, I’m enjoying imagining each spec in the game more strongly rooted in itself rather than just broadly the class to which it belongs. “What does it truly mean to be your spec?” seems to be the Legion approach, and I like that. However, I know other players may be more apprehensive at the thought of such big changes.
This being an entire expansion, though, there’s still plenty more to be excited about. The idea of leveling up one specific weapon with me the entire expansion (also elaborated upon in the interview) has the potential to be a less grindy iteration of the legendary questing we’ve experienced in Mists of Pandaria and Warlords. And the idea that we can still empower the weapon through killing bosses (instead of replacing our weapon entirely) has me itching for the expansion so I can actually experience this new approach to weapon gearing myself. Bring on the Legion, I say!
For a full transcript of the interview, head on over to BlizzPlanet.
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