Blizzard Entertainment is such a well covered company that it’s difficult for the developer to really surprise the video game community. They maintain the desire to surprise us, but the execution has proven difficult for any product of a live universe, StarCraft, World of Warcraft et cetera. The PAX West Patch 7.1 panel certainly delivered with the announcement of an all-new Companion App for World of Warcraft: Legion. No leaks, datamining or anything of the sort. I certainly had no idea it was coming, and, as you can imagine, I follow the news pretty closely.
You may think the fact that the team had sat and discussed nothing but Legion for a solid hour would make an interview with the squad a bit redundant. That’s true. We gave them a few moments to rehash some of the panel details as we peppered them with questions. Then we opened it up to WoW and game design at large. Our lore query should settle the long-standing debate between myself and braybray over the timelines of Warcraft. No need for referencing months or year’s old explanations. Lastly, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to ask three of Legion’s chief architects what they love most about the product.