World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Classic is only a few weeks away from launching on September 26, but many players are still hoping that Blizzard will release a key feature that hasn’t been confirmed as part of the Wildly remake. Popular extension: Dungeon Finder.
Dungeon Finder, added in 2009 as part of the last major content patch to the original Wrath of the Lich King expansion, meant players no longer had to manually search for groups or travel directly to dungeons. Instead, it linked servers to what Blizzard calls “Battle Groups,” allowing players to choose their preferred role and match with other players for specific or random dungeons. When the party was found, Dungeon Finder automatically teleported players to the beginning of the dungeon.
The release of Dungeon Finder changed the game of WoW forever, and depending on who you ask, maybe not for the better. This was a sign of a shift from the more social aspects of Blizzard’s MMORPG that dominated the early days of the game, to comfort features that would continue to shape the modern version of WoW as it is today.
Wrath of the Lich King Classic will work for balance in the final patch of the original expansion, meaning we can expect some of the Dungeon Finder experience. However, this will not be the case. Blizzard has made it clear that Dungeon Finder is not included following the announcement of Wrath of the Lich King Classic.
This fact has divided the WoW Classic community in a way that few Blizzard decisions regarding the old-school version of their MMO have ever made before. First, players who played through to the end of the original Wrath of the Lich King will fondly remember Dungeon Finder, as it eliminates the tedious task of manually finding a party and then going to the dungeon entrance. On the other hand, many WoW players are pointing to the addition of Dungeon Finder as the “beginning of the end” for some aspects of Blizzard’s MMO, as subsequent expansions will continue to do the same to further simplify aspects of the game, such as leveling up. . above. , raids, skills and more.
As such, Blizzard finds itself between a rock and a hard place as it tries to keep its player base happy, while reissues of old WoW expansions are different from modern versions of the game. After resisting making changes to WoW Classic, Blizzard is now much more willing to make changes that it believes are better for the game’s long-term health. The downside is that you now have to decide on a feature-by-function basis what fits with the “core values” they define for WoW Classic, which include supporting and promoting the social aspect of MMOs.
Blizzard set its sights on April after announcing the Wrath of the Lich King Classic. As part of a group interview with GameSpot, lead system designer Chris Zierhut described the expansion’s re-release as a second chance for Blizzard to focus on the social aspects of the game that it didn’t care about in 2009.
“We didn’t really have people thinking about how social systems should work when we did Wrath of the Lich King, so it gives a new perspective on things,” Zierhut said. “What Contributes to Socialization?” What does social damage do? Notice this… This was something we didn’t care about when we first worked on the Lich King’s Wrath.”
In a recent forum post, Blizzard reiterated that it will not be adding Wrath of the Lich King Classic to Dungeon Finder, but players should instead rely on chat channels or a bulletin board for “group quests.” Hip formation. Groups Blizzard said the news would be “disappointing” to some, but wanted to “fix this issue before launch”.
Far from solving the problem, it just fueled the discussion. Reactions to this story were sharply divided. Immediate feedback on Blizzard’s forum post has been mixed, with many players on the forum saying they hope to see Dungeon Finder in the future. For Wowhead fans, the response has been overwhelmingly negative in response to Blizzard’s continued anti-Dungeon Finder stance. Reading a comment “I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t want this”, another called Blizzard’s decision to “pronounce” the “terrible LFG tool” and the unexecuted Dungeon Finder as “absolute insanity”.
The response to the WoW Classic subtitles has been more positive, although there are still many players who are not happy with Blizzard’s decision. For example, one player claims that Blizzard’s decision not to implement Dungeon Finder created a terrible social atmosphere in the game, and beta players constantly discussed Blizzard’s decision. However, complaints from players on Reddit in general seem to be aimed at recently announced fixes, such as the lack of performance and mounts, and the introduction of a paid racing and faction switching service for the MMO. old-fashioned.
Players in the Dungeon Finder campaign camp hoped Blizzard would follow a similar path with another controversial feature, Quest Tracking. Quest Tracking, added in the same patch as Dungeon Finder, made it easier for players to see objectives on the map, making the quest much easier.
Blizzard initially stated that Quest Tracking would not appear in Wrath of the Lich King Classic because it contradicted the core values that promoted the social aspect of the game and the sense of immersion in the world. Blizzard recently stepped back from that position, stating that their views on the matter have changed. This feature may not be available for Wrath of the Lich King Classic at launch, but it will be added at some point in the future and many players are waiting for Blizzard to announce it for Dungeon Finder.
While the change may be announced ahead of launch, it’s highly unlikely that Blizzard will change its stance on Dungeon Finder at this point, which will upset some players and surprise others. As WoW Classic continues to make strides in the game’s next expansion, Cataclysm, or some other unpredictable future, Blizzard will have to walk a thin line in deciding what’s good enough or not. The “Classics” for WoW Classic and provide enough reason to resolve disputes between players after each decision.
Source: Creo Community