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Question about 4.0 Patch

Cataclysm is launching in November or December and I heard they will patch the game a bit before they release the expansion.

 

Does this mean patch 4.0 will have the brand new zones 1-60 etc and allow flying in Azeroth? Can someone give me details on what they are releasing before the expansion.

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  • expressoexpresso Member UncommonPosts: 2,218

    i guess anything that does not need the expansion will be avaliable, so the 1-60 zones, flying, talent tree's, Guild perks will go live then when the expansion is released the 80-85 content, two new races and their staring zones and all the other stuff.  But as I want to explore the new 1-60 with a goblin hunter it wont help me =(

  • ObzerverObzerver Member Posts: 225

    Originally posted by expresso

    i guess anything that does not need the expansion will be avaliable, so the 1-60 zones, flying, talent tree's, Guild perks will go live then when the expansion is released the 80-85 content, two new races and their staring zones and all the other stuff.  But as I want to explore the new 1-60 with a goblin hunter it wont help me =(

    Pretty sure the revamped 1-60 zones wont be available since the world changing "cataclysmic" event will only occur at the games launch. You will however get so experience the staged pre-launch events like gnomeregan and echo isles, the 1st part of which is already available in game right now. 

    afaik its just the talent trees, revamped stat system and probably the guild leveling system. 

  • SteamRangerSteamRanger Member UncommonPosts: 920

    No new zones, no flying in Azeroth. But you can ride your flying mounts around on the ground, if that trips your trigger. Class changes are in and the pre-Cataclysm events and quests are on the Test Realms.

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  • catlanacatlana Member Posts: 1,677

    The 4.01 patch is on the PTR. You can jump on there and see what changes are coming. Sorry, no Worgen are availible.  

  • kaliniskalinis Member Posts: 1,428

    Actually no. 4.0.01 has allthe class changes,stat changes. glyph changes, and talent trees. 4.0.03 is gonna have the 1-60 old world changes and will come out shortly before cat release. to give players a chance to play around in new azeroth.

    this is what ive read at least. So unlike privous expacs this one will have 2 major patches leading up to cat. Its on the ptr now with 4.0.01 most of which by the way has been tested alot on beta servers already. From reading blues balance will probably be a problem as the new trees are gonna be balanced around level 85 not 80s.

    I expect 4.0.01 to go live either next week or week after. with 4.0.03 coming out maybe a a month later. But thats my tmeline not blizz timeline. The truth is most of 4.0.01 has been dlownloaded in background already so it wont belong till it goes live.

  • kaliniskalinis Member Posts: 1,428

    Oh and cataclysm is happening for everyone so blizz has stated over and over the new zones will be available before the release of the expac.

    they said a little bit before so most likely only a week or 2 . If that.

    Wrogen wont be included in any patch nor will goblins

    New zones/races, archeology will all be in the new expac. New 1-60 zones  and race/class combos from what ive read on mmo champ will come out in patch 4.0.03 shortly before cats release.

  • fyerwallfyerwall Member UncommonPosts: 3,240

    Originally posted by expresso

    i guess anything that does not need the expansion will be avaliable, so the 1-60 zones, flying, talent tree's, Guild perks will go live then when the expansion is released the 80-85 content, two new races and their staring zones and all the other stuff.  But as I want to explore the new 1-60 with a goblin hunter it wont help me =(

    Nah, I think the patch would be more of the setting up for the expansion, ie: the world events and such that will lead into the expansion.

    You might be right about the talent changes and such going in, but I bet the rest will all be in/at the expansion launch.

    So pretty much 4.0 will probably be the segway into the expansion stuff.

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  • ToxiliumToxilium Member UncommonPosts: 905

    Originally posted by Drukqs

    Cataclysm is launching in November or December and I heard they will patch the game a bit before they release the expansion.

     

    Does this mean patch 4.0 will have the brand new zones 1-60 etc and allow flying in Azeroth? Can someone give me details on what they are releasing before the expansion.

    No. The new world is being added when Cataclysm launches. The new patch basically adds some new UI features and emblem changes.

     

    World of Warcraft PTR Patch 4.0.1

    The latest test realm patch notes can always be found at http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/patchnotes/test-realm-patchnotes.html

    The latest patch notes can always be found at http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/patchnotes/

    General


    • Cataclysm Launcher Update

      • The new Cataclysm Launcher allows you to stream game data while you play. This will reduce the time you spend downloading, installing, and patching World of Warcraft. We'd like to get your feedback on the toolset and gameplay experience. Please head to the forums here for additional information.

    • Reforging

      • Players can now visit special Reforging NPCs in capital cities located near Enchanting trainers. 40% of any one secondary stat on an item can be can be allocated to add a new secondary stat to the item. The stat being added cannot already exist on the item. An item cannot have more than one reforged stat at a time, though the Reforging of an item can be undone and changed.

    • Copied Test Realm characters are not copied with their achievement history in order to better facilitate the character copy process.

    Classes: General


    • Many class talents, spells, and abilities have been overhauled, added, or removed.

    • All spell and ability tooltips will now display damage averages rather than minimum and maximum damage potential. This feature is on by default but can be changed via the Display settings under User Interface options.

    • Ammo has been removed from the game.

    • The character levels at which classes gain new spells and abilities have changed.

    • Many item and class stats have been changed or removed.

    • Mastery rating has been added as a new stat which provides unique benefits for characters based on class and talent specialization. Mastery rating does not currently exist on items in the game, however, Reforging can be used to add Mastery rating as a secondary stat to existing items.

    • Rage has been normalized.

    • Spells and abilities no longer have multiple ranks and now scale with character level.

    • Talent trees have been altered. All player talent specializations have been reset, allowing for free re-specialization.

      • Each specialization has been reduced to a 31-point talent tree.

      • Players will now get a total of 41 talent points to spend.

      • Players will be asked to choose a specialization at level 10. Doing so will result in the unlocking of a spell or ability unique to that specialization, as well as one or more passive bonuses.

      • Once a talent specialization has been chosen, players may only place points in the primary tree until at least 31 points have been spent there.

      • The initial announcement regarding these talent tree changes can be found on our Cataclysm forum.

    Death Knights


    • A dedicated tanking tree (Blood) has been implemented.

    • The effects of Blood Presence and Frost Presence have been exchanged.

    • The way in which runes recharge has changed.

    Druids


    • A new Eclipse mechanic has been added for druids.

    Hunters


    • Five pets can now be stored with the hunter at all times. Any one of these five pets can be summoned via the Call Pet ability.

    • Focus has replaced mana as a new resource.

    • Hunters now start with a pet at level 1.

    • The Stable will now store 20 pets. If a pet is moved into the Stable, its talents are wiped.

    Mages


    • There is now a new spell fly-out UI feature for mage portals. Clicking on the Teleport or Portal buttons will expand the list of choices available.

    Paladins


    • Paladins now have a new resource bar.

    Warlocks


    • There is now a new spell fly-out UI feature for warlock pets. Clicking on this single button will open up the list of available pets to summon.

    • Soul Shards have been removed from the game as items. Instead, they now exist as a resource system necessary for using, or altering the mechanics of certain spells.

    Items


    • Resilience no longer reduces the chance a player will be critically hit by an opponent.

    • Durability: cloth, leather, and mail now have as many points of durability as plate, making the repair cost on death much closer to equal for all classes.

    Professions


    • The glyph system has been updated to now feature three different types of glyphs. Many class glyphs have been added, altered, or moved to different glyph types.

    User Interface


    • Spell Alerts have been added to notify players when procs on select spells and abilities occur. A visual notification will display around the character and the activated ability will be highlighted on the action bar.

    • The Arena Teams pane has been improved.

    • The Character pane has been redesigned. Character stats can now be shown or hidden via the Show All Details/Hide All Details button on the bottom left. When shown, all character stats will be visible in a window to the right of the pane. Stat sections can be reorganized by clicking and dragging them up or down the pane.

    • The Professions panes now have more filtering and search functionality, as well as buttons to easily link recipes in the chat frame.

    • A Professions screen has been added to the Spellbook to better display the details of a character's primary and secondary professions.

    • Many of the yellow System Messages that would display in the chat frame when leveling up have been removed.

    • New text animations now alert players as they level up, also providing information on when new talents, spells and abilities are available.

    • Professions and Class Trainers windows have been altered to more clearly display available and upcoming purchases.

    • New Raid frames are now. They can also be used in place of the standard 5-player party interface via the User Interface options.

    • The Spellbook interface has been improved for greater ease-of-use and visual appeal.

    • For additional notes on Lua and XML changes please visit the UI & Macros forum.

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  • ObzerverObzerver Member Posts: 225

    Blue post confirming that the revamped 1-60 and guild perks/achieve will come in 4.0.3 and not 4.0.1

    Source

  • AzrileAzrile Member Posts: 2,582

    Originally posted by Obzerver

    Blue post confirming that the revamped 1-60 and guild perks/achieve will come in 4.0.3 and not 4.0.1

    Source

     

    Just to clear things up.   There are 2 major patches coming BEFORE the actual box goes on sale.  So this entire process consists of 3 stages

    4.01 -  Includes changes to talent trees and spells.  Also introduces all the new mechanisms like Hunter's focus.   Reforging is also being introduced with this patch.   More than likely this patch will occur around October 12.

    4.03 -   This is where the world changes and it will happen WEEKS before the Cata box goes on sale.  This patch will add all the zone changes from 1-60.  It will also add all of the new class/race combos (not goblin and worgen).. so things like troll druids and tauren pallys.  It will also introduce the new troll/gnome starting areas.

    Cata -  This is the actual box.   It will include the zones level 81-85 and the Goblin/Worgen races along with their starter areas.  it will also bring Archeology, flying in Azeroth and the beginning of Guild leveling and acheivements.

    The big thing is that 4.03 is NOT the patch that is coming in the box.  4.03 (the actual destruction of the world) is coming weeks before you buy the box.

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