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J. Allen Brack Discusses WoW: Cataclysm
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Ten Ton Hammer has published a new interview with Blizzard Entertainment's J. Allen Brack. The Lead Developer on the company's MMO, World of Warcraft, discussed some of the features and content planned for the Cataclysm expansion. The Q&A covers the decision to raise the level cap to 85, the company's response to information about the expansion leaking out early, and whether or not the developers want to beef up PvP content.

Do you have it storyboarded out or planned out a final level cap for the game? An ending point?
Not in any way, at all. Weíre very much a team that does something and learns from it. We did some stuff with Ulduar that helped inform some of the decisions we made for 3.2. Iím sure thatís going to happen with 3.3 as well, and thatís going to happen for Cataclysm. Someone asked me earlier if the reason why we did 5 levels because level 100 is the final cap; did we want to slow that down. Weíve never had a discussion like that.

So in the future, if the game goes to 100, 100 is a very large number, itís double what the game was when it started. Are there any plans to start at level 55 or 60, so that when youíre starting out, you donít have 100 levels to go.
That is something that weíve talked about. One thing to mention is that although 100 is a very high number, we donít really want the amount of time it takes for you to get to max level to change dramatically. We are on record as saying that the amount of time it took you to get to level 60, thatís the amount of time it takes you to get to level 70, same amount of time it takes you to get to level 80 and then some future level cap. The amount of leveling time we donít want to change, so weíll make it faster as we go along.

The announcement of Cataclysm wasnít exactly a surprise for anyone who follows sites such as ours. How did the studio react to the leak? How did it go over internally, and what if anything is going to change in reaction to the leak?
I think we went through the five stages of grief. We had white-hot rage where fire shot from our eyes and we were just like, so angry, and then as time went on and the day went on and the weekend came then Monday rolled around, we sort-of transitioned into, you know, people are just really excited about it. It shows excitement for the game, and thatís just awesome. Itís a high-class problem, itís something that we like to have. But itís hard not to have that initial irritation about it.

Maybe fire shooting from our eyes was an exaggeration. Okay, fire shot from our eyes, there was a lot of cursing and swearing and ĎIím gonna get...í type things.
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