Small Client Patches

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As you may have noticed there have been a few small patches being downloaded and installed by the World of Warcraft launcher. These are part of a new bit of tech we’ve been testing that allows us to quickly release small client-side patches without needing to build and release a large scale patch. These allow us to now make client-side changes quickly and easily, very similar to the server-side hotfixes we’ve become used to for all these years. We treat them the same as server-side hotfixes, so they’ll be noted in the usual hotfix blog as it’s updated.
Impressive.

Most impressive.
Can these be applied while the game is running also? Or only during launch/patching?
Yay! More fixes. Well done.
Interesting.

Are you talking about the multiple small updates just to the 32 bit and 64 bit clients ? The little patches that go in the Updates folder ?

IE

http://www.wowpedia.org/Public_client_builds

from build 16650 to today.

Or something new for today ?
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Interesting.

Are you talking about the multiple small updates just to the 32 bit and 64 bit client Updates files patches ?

IE

http://www.wowpedia.org/Public_client_builds

from build 16650

Or something new for today ?


I would assume he means the 9 client-side 'bug fix' patches (as we've always called them) implemented since 5.2 released:
http://www.wowpedia.org/5.2#Client_patches
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.......Is this the April Fools joke?

:(

I am desperate.
As you may have noticed there have been a few small patches being downloaded and installed by the World of Warcraft launcher. These are part of a new bit of tech we’ve been testing that allows us to quickly release small client-side patches without needing to build and release a large scale patch. These allow us to now make client-side changes quickly and easily, very similar to the server-side hotfixes we’ve become used to for all these years. We treat them the same as server-side hotfixes, so they’ll be noted in the usual [url="http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/8953693/Patch_52_Hotfixes_March_29-3_29_2013"]hotfix blog[/url] as it’s updated.


Nice 1 green dude, but you ain't fooling me. IK it's April fools. I am fast like a feline.
Looking back, does this new tech do things like fix bugs/exploits found in new raids? Or are talking about a different client-side system?
Weird, I thought you guys had been doing this for a while now...
Looking back, does this new tech do things like fix bugs/exploits found in new raids? Or are talking about a different client-side system?


A bit of both it sounds like. For example say there is an exploit that requires fiddling with the memory cache of the user system (doubtful but bare with me), this would fix that exploit a lot quicker than waiting for the next major patch.

Another that this could fix are the tooltip changes. Currently on live Monk's Tiger stance is set to 10% increased damage. when 5.2 first came out, this was 20%. Theoretically they could release a small patch to update the tooltip without waiting 3 months for the next major patch so that the tooltip could be updated.
Does this mean you'll be able to fix a certain interface option that's been broken since October? Because that would be awesome.
Does this mean you'll be able to fix a certain interface option that's been broken since October? Because that would be awesome.


It's mostly for updating tooltips on your client when they apply a server-side paladin nerf, or mage buff... as the case may be.
Another that this could fix are the tooltip changes. Currently on live Monk's Tiger stance is set to 10% increased damage. when 5.2 first came out, this was 20%. Theoretically they could release a small patch to update the tooltip without waiting 3 months for the next major patch so that the tooltip could be updated.

actually no. These are client only patches, IE just the executable files. tooltips are not included in that, those are included in the localized .mpq files. Fast patches do not touch data mpqs because those require localizing in like 11 languages and more testing. Client only patches or "binary patches" as blizzard calls them, are JUST the win or os x executable file to fix client side bugs such as crashes.
This change is most welcome. :)
So tooltips will be accurate more often now?
04/02/2013 10:57 AMPosted by Omegal
Another that this could fix are the tooltip changes. Currently on live Monk's Tiger stance is set to 10% increased damage. when 5.2 first came out, this was 20%. Theoretically they could release a small patch to update the tooltip without waiting 3 months for the next major patch so that the tooltip could be updated.

actually no. These are client only patches, IE just the executable files. tooltips are not included in that, those are included in the localized .mpq files. Fast patches do not touch data mpqs because those require localizing in like 11 languages and more testing. Client only patches or "binary patches" as blizzard calls them, are JUST the win or os x executable file to fix client side bugs such as crashes.


I'm sure that those types of patches would be ideal down the road, but thanks for the clarification.
Great work. Now I can't login to game.
While your at it. Give locks 10% more damage back.

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