Today, Dungeons and Dragons Online opened up their Lamannia test server to give players their first hands-on look at the new alchemist class, class changes, and other iterations on current content. First publicly discussed at GenCon last August, this complex class is set to be a support role, using various chemical mixtures to harry its foes or assist its allies in the form of thrown vials.
The internet got introspective in the past couple of months when it wasn’t arguing over exactly when the decade ended. Setting pedantry aside for a moment, let’s discuss changes to the concept of early access over the past ten years and whether or not it it has a positive effect on games. Back in the day, most games were released to the public at launch, and only folks who knew someone was able to finesse their way into a closed beta, with a rarefied fewer getting alpha access, both of which were frequently covered by non-disclosure agreements.
While it wasn’t a supremely transformative year for MMOs, in 2019, the industry has started to see more and more of a paradigm shift in the kinds of MMOs being released, worked on, or even theorycrafted. For years, players and the general public equated MMO to games that followed World of Warcraft’s model, which was a more cemented version of EverQuest’s model, and the industry shied away from innovation because that was risky.
In 8.3, WoW players will have to wrestle with the usual class changes as they gear up to tackle more content. This expansion unlike the previous 8.2 doesn’t really add any new landscape to visit, but rather does a sweeping set of changes to existing areas in time with the story of players heading to Ny’alotha, the Waking City, for a new 12-boss raid.
Here is the transcript of the interview given by Executive Producer Rob ‘Severlin’ Ciccolini, Community Manager Jerry ‘Cordovan’ Snook, and Systems Designer Quentin ‘Lynnabel’ Cantor recorded at GenCon in Indianapolis, IN on Saturday, August 3rd, 2019. It follows the announcements from the previous night’s player meetup involving both Dungeons and Dragons Online and Lord of the Rings Online.