World of Warcraft update brings fan-requested changes to Shadowlands

Wow’s Shadowlands upgrade 9.1.5 will present in the video game’s public test world today, bringing with it a raft of player-requested and recommended modifications, in addition to brand-new efforts to suppress harmful habits and sanction gamers who don’t get the message.

The 9.1.5 material upgrade carefully follows the 9.1 spot, which introduced in June, 4 months after it was initially revealed. The 9.1 upgrade was the very first huge material spot for Wow: Shadowlands given that the growth introduced in November. The latest spot will enable gamers to change Covenants without limitation (consisting of making use of their cosmetic benefits), and will eliminate the Channel Energy system, which was successfully a cooldown limitation on switching unique powers, and one that lots of gamers didn’t look after.

Completion of Channel Energy is a concession that “the system simply has not played out the way we hoped it would,” Blizzard neighborhood supervisor Randy Jordan composed on Friday. Its elimination in the upcoming spot is a sign of a bigger quality-of-life, fan-service effort behind the majority of the Shadowlands upgrade modifications.

“While we hope many players will be pleased at the increased accessibility and freedom for experimentation these changes will permit, we know that you might be wondering why we didn’t make adjustments like these sooner,” Jordan composed. “After all, a large portion of the community has been vocal about wanting to see changes along these lines since mid-2020, when Shadowlands was still in Beta.”

Jordan stated that the initial restrictions on changing Covenants worked because “millions of players experienced Shadowlands for the first time through the lens of their Covenant of choice, and that would have not been possible had the choice carried less weight from the outset.” However as the Chains of Supremacy project successfully ends with every Covenant in the very same location, narratively, “that context has led us to re-evaluate our approach.”

A tweet sent out around the very same time Friday likewise described modifications that would provide “better visibility into the impact of your in-game reports of harassment, and more serious penalties for people engaged in disruptive behavior.”

Neither an accompanying sneak peek post nor Jordan’s more comprehensive upgrade discussed what this required, particularly. The very same tweet likewise referenced “changes to some content to better reflect our shared values.” That follows a pledge in July to eliminate some in-game recommendations to a designer called in an unwanted sexual advances and gender discrimination grievance brought that month versus Activision Blizzard.

Other fan-driven modifications being available in 9.1.5 consist of brand-new modifications for Draeni and Space Elves, plus brand-new travel kinds for druids and brand-new Soulshapes for Night Fae. The sneak peek post has an accounting of all the modifications. Amongst them, an unique occasion called Legion Timewalking will enable gamers back into Legion and Legion Mythic-plus dungeons. That occasion will run for 2 weeks starting with the 9.1.5 material upgrade’s complete launch, and after that on a routine weekly schedule later on.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.