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The QueueNov 2, 2019 10:00 am CT

The Queue: The infamously stealthy Saturday Queue

Happy BlizzCon day 2, everyone. There’s so much going on here that my head is spinning, but let’s try to answer some questions anyway.

Right? Right.


Why PS4 and not PS5? Could it be the release is imminent?

I don’t know about imminent. The PS5 is due out for the 2020 holiday season, but doesn’t have an exact release date. I think that even if we’re talking a 2021 release or later, they’re not going to promise for a console without a fixed release date.


Is the Covenant system the replacement for factions?!? Am I right again?!?

It seems like a hybrid of the Aldor/Scryer factions in Burning Crusade and the Class Halls in Legion. We’re bringing people together to some benefit, and perhaps we’ll even be working together as a team with our fellow Covenant members, as in Legion. It sounds like we’ll be part of a group, but we do not talk or interact beyond walking past each other in the hallway.

But hey, maybe Blizzard will surprise us and turn into a sort of mini-faction. That could be interesting, but from what we know so far it doesn’t seem like what they’re doing.


Q4tQ: What the heck did Sylvanas just open up?

Ripped a hole in the veil between life and death. It’s probably no big deal.


Ok that doesn’t make any sense, so it’s the same game but it’s not the same game?

The difference between Overwatch and Overwatch 2 confused me a lot at first. The problem is that Overwatch 2 is named like a sequel, but it isn’t really what we think of as a sequel.

Overwatch’s current game modes will stay the same, and both Overwatch and Overwatch 2 players will be able to enjoy them. Both of them will be able to access future heroes and maps. But Overwatch 2 players get access to the game’s PVE modes. It feels more like an add-on or an expansion than a sequel.

Frankly, I asked Tyler to explain it to me, and then I told him to write a post about it.


So are the Diablo classes going to be gender-locked?

Nah — there are more genders playable on the demo stations.


Q4tQ: what do you think about Wildhammer Dwarves being added as a customization option for base Dwarves, rather than as their own Allied Race?

I personally prefer customization options for existing races than Allied Races. It removes barriers to entry. Unlocking an allied race is a long grind, and then you’re stuck either paying for a race change, paying for a level boost, or leveling a (nearly) new character to max. It’s a big time commitment and it’s why I don’t have a single max-level Allied Race.

If it’s a customization option, particularly if it’s something you can just get at the barber shop — or tattoo artist’s or chiropractor’s or plastic surgeon’s, depending  — you can just decide you want to be a Wildhammer Dwarf.

You do you. Customization options gives you the power to do you.


How does one confirm their beta opt-in status these days?

They seem to have altered the way the account site looks and I can’t find anything to do with betas.

Log on to your account, click on Games & Subscriptions, and then scroll to the very bottom of the page and click Go to Beta Profile Settings. Click the betas you’re interested in and then click Update Preferences.

It’s a little hidden because it’s way down there at the bottom of the page, but it’s still there.

And in a couple of hours, we’ll be diving into today’s BlizzCon panels.

There is, unfortunately, no Queue tomorrow. We will all be letting our heads continue to spin around all of these BlizzCon announcements, and Anne will return for your regularly scheduled Monday Queue.

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