I touched on an idea briefly last night. A thought that came to me after reading comments from people currently in Alpha testing. You see there are really not a lot of people in there right now. And even fewer are talking about how they perceive class changes. When you read some you may feel completely put off in how you interpret someone’s writing. Just as easily as you could become excited for how they describe the changes. When it goes to live beta, it is fundamentally to late for any major design change. We are asked to talk about and discuss, but honestly, unless you are actually playing your class live there is no way to adequately articulate how the changes feel to you as a player.
So I have an idea.
Let’s have open alpha testing of class changes in Alpha proving grounds.
There is not much risk to the story being leaked, people will have an opportunity to test out the class changes as builds are released, and Blizzard will be able to acquire a mountain of data in a controlled environment. They would be able to test class mechanics against new creature abilities and spells. Players would be able to try out their mains. Give them a few runs to see if the design change is going to feel good to them, or complete bollocks. Also there would be an opportunity to try out other classes. Maybe the Melee Hunter is something you find to be the best thing ever. Maybe the Mage changes are in tune with your play style. You would not only have a chance to give the new design a try, but would have time to level and gear a new character if you wanted to make a switch.
There are a lot of people on the fence as a result of this expansion. There was a lot of damage done. And currently there is not a lot of information coming to us. Whether that is fear of committing to having some type of content that may not make it live, or fear that September may be too ambitious. We all want to help. We all want to make this game the absolute best. And to keep playing. I am just suggesting something that may not require a great deal of work that will benefit both the players and developers.
So. Ok #warcraft. Discuss. I’m going to get a coffee refill.