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Behind closed doors with Blizzard...

Posted by Matthew Fusco on May 14, 2003  | Comments

Behind closed doors with Blizzard... -

Gamesdomain has been treated to a private showing of WoW and has written a new preview. The three page article goes into detail about character classes, pets, mounts, skills, groups, raids, pvp and more. Here are the details:

  • Strength, Agility, Stamina, Intelligence and Spirit are confirmed character statistics.
  • For the time being, mounts provide a bonus to armor while travelling but can not be used in combat.
  • Players will need to accumulate Special Points (SP) to "unlock" secondary skills.
  • Secondary skill points can be un-learnt and SP can be re-invested.
  • New tradeskills confirmed: cooking, tailoring, mining, leatherworking.
  • The penalty for death remains at a reduction in character statistics for a period of time.
  • Summonable creatures will be able to be re-summoned after 5 minutes if they are killed, they have their own control interface for commands such as "heel" and "attack".
  • Taming is a core skill for hunters, and tamed creatures will be able to be named and will level up with your character.
  • The rewards for quests are shown before you undertake them.
  • The druid class can shapeshift into cat form, and gain attack speed and a clawing attack, or, into an unobtrusive animal native to the area, such as a small rabbit.
  • Mages will be able to summon elementals.
  • Multiple components are required for most crafting and alchemy recipies. Menus store recipies for viewing anytime.
  • There will be over 100 dungeons to explore initially.
  • Some quests will allow players to choose their own reward from a list.
  • When asked about possible new races: "There will be playable evil races, very evil races in fact".
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