5.1 and Beyond: Developer Q&As

General Discussion
Over the course of the last week, fansites across North America and Europe were given an opportunity to chat with World of Warcraft leading developers and ask questions about Mists of Pandaria, hot topics in the community, current design philosophies, the future of the game, and a lot more. Listen up, read along, and tune in!

Tom "Kalgan" Chilton, Game Director

  • Arena Junkies - Audio interview by Diziet covering all things PvP.

Ion "Watcher" Hazzikostas, Lead Encounter Designer

  • Convert to Raid - Podcast interview focused on Mists endgame and dungeons.
  • Method News - Interview transcript by raiding extraordinaire Rogerbrown about endgame progression and Patch 5.1.

Dave "Fargo" Kosak, Lead Quest Designer

  • Darkmoon Herald - Podcast interview on Mists endgame and story.
  • Wowhead - Transcript by Perculia covering Mists endgame and story.

Cory "Mumper" Stockton, Lead Content Designer

  • Warcraft Pets - Audio interview about pet battles and companions.

Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street, Lead Systems Designer

  • All Things Azeroth - Podcast interview by Medros, Rho (Realm Maintenance Podcast), and Nananea covering Mists endgame and systems.
  • Legendary on Gamebreaker.tv - Video interview by Gary Gannon, Josh Allen (TankSpot), and Olivia Grace (WoW Insider) covering Mists endgame and systems.
  • Wowjuju - Transcript covering Mists endgame and systems.

Dave Kosak and Cory Stockton

  • WoW Insider - Transcript by Anne Stickney; combined interview about Mists endgame content and story.
Warcraft Pets - Audio interview about pet battles and companions.


Pet gender may play a role down the road — think "cross-breeding" your pets.


... Who's gunna be Ditto?
12/08/2012 04:00 AMPosted by Killercaitie
Warcraft Pets - Audio interview about pet battles and companions.


Pet gender may play a role down the road — think "cross-breeding" your pets.


... Who's gunna be Ditto?

Hot skitty on wailord action!
Cross breeding pets...

Sounds like a lot of development time.


Some would say the same about raid content, dungeon content, pvp content, leveling quests, daily quests, pet store pets/mounts, dance studio, new player character models, Starcraft II, Diablo 3...
Cross breeding pets...

Sounds like a lot of development time.


Sounds like a lot of low lights, a perky chianti in front of the fireplace, and lots of damp towels afterwards.
Oooh, I love Pet Battle love. I hope it's like Chocobos in FF7. :3

I'd also love to see pet battles move away from killing the pets and make them more like KO'ed. I hate how there has to be blood involved with them - it should be fun and lighthearted. :(
Still no artist Q & A?

:' (
5.2 Troll Raid go go go
Sounded good thanks for the update blizz cool to hear about the future.
laughable.... first line on the post today on mmo champ

Steps are being taken to balance healers, especially Shaman, in PvP. This is being done incrementally to avoid a knee jerk reaction and going too far in one direction. Moving totems back into the schools of magic was one of the changes to bring them more in line.

to requote the section here : This is being done incrementally to avoid a knee jerk reaction and going too far in one direction.

considering how you all castrated fire magi... far from incremental. the flip flopping on how you handle issues... y'all should stop making games and go into politics
I have this foreboding feeling that I won't ever want to pvp as resto again. :|
12/08/2012 11:33 AMPosted by Leahlah
considering how you all castrated fire magi... far from incremental. the flip flopping on how you handle issues... y'all should stop making games and go into politics

Why stop when people like you continue to pay monthly to play?
considering how you all castrated fire magi... far from incremental. the flip flopping on how you handle issues... y'all should stop making games and go into politics

Why stop when people like you continue to pay monthly to play?


same could be said about people like you that blindly follow and never question. Good thing we supposedly moved away from feudalism?
I gotta admit, I like it when blizz talks about design decisions. I miss when they would discuss them on the forums but also, I completely understand why they stopped doing so.
12/08/2012 01:13 PMPosted by Notagin
considering how you all castrated fire magi... far from incremental. the flip flopping on how you handle issues... y'all should stop making games and go into politics


Oh yeah, don't forget, Soylent Green is people too.


wow and here i thought i was among the elderly here
So when can we expect to be informed of what we all know...

That 5.2 is Zandalari Island.

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