Players Of World of Warcraft Classic mistaking WoW Classic features for bugs
The nature of WoW Classic sometimes invokes different memories for different players, and this leads to certain misconceptions for some about what is or isn’t working as intended,” Blizzard said in a blog post.
World of Warcraft Classic recently launched a “small-scale” closed beta for a limited number of players ahead of it’s live release worldwide on August 27. Since the beta started, Blizzard has apparently been receiving reports from players who are mistaking features of the classic version of the MMO for bugs. As a result, the studio recently released a “not-a-bug” list to clear up any misconceptions.
The legacy server reverts WoW back to the 1.12 version that originally launched in 2004. To be true to how it was back then, the studio has reproduced everything the older version had to offer, including inconsistencies – which has evidently lead some players to believe it’s buggy.
World of Warcraft Classic’s closed beta is now live, and it’s not quite how some players remember it being back in 2006. Blizzard has put out a list of 13 features that players are erroneously flagging as bugs, from movement speed changes to missing icons on the minimap—all are “working as we expect”.
- Tauren’s hitboxes and their melee reach is slightly larger than other races.
- Being critically struck while using/sit to sit does not cause abilities like Enrage, Blood Craze, and Reckoning to activate.
- Using the “Automatic Quest Tracking” option does not auto-track newly accepted quests. (It instead will start to track an existing quest once progress towards an objective is started.)
- Warrior health regeneration is working at the expected rate.
- Quest objectives and points of interest are not tracked on the map or minimap.
- Completed quests are marked on the minimap with a dot. (and not a “?”)
- Feared players and NPCs run fast.
- Standing on top of other players while facing away allows spells and attacks to be used.
- Creature respawn rates are much slower than in Battle for Azeroth.
- NPCs which offer multiple quests may inconsistently display them as a dot or a “!” on the available quests list. They were inconsistent in 1.12, and we’ve reproduced the exact inconsistency they had back then.
- Quests that are too low level do not show up as a “!” in the game world.
- Available quests do not display a “!” on the minimap.
- On level up, the message “Your skill in Protection increased to 15” was added in 1.12.1, and we’re intending to keep that.
The developer has even deliberately reproduced some inconsistencies from WoW 1.12, such as NPCs that offer multiple quests displaying them either as a dot or a exclamation mark in your quest list. “They were inconsistent in 1.12, and we’ve reproduced the exact inconsistency they had back then,” Blizzard said.
Creature respawn rates are much slower than in Battle for Azeroth, Blizzard said, and feared players and NPCs run fast—both are working as planned.
Icons are one of the main points of contention: WoW Classic does not display an exclamation mark for available quests on the minimap, and quests that are too low level do not show up as an exclamation mark in the game world. Players have flagged both.
My favorite reported feature is that “standing on top of other players while facing away allows spells and attacks to be used”—I love that players are digging into every detail of the game.