Battle For Azeroth: You want to know about Fortnite Battle Royal on iOS. I want to know about Fortnite Battle Royal on iOS. And if you don’t think you do, consider that Fortnite’s popularity is such that Epic Games’ beta sign-up page crashed hard for well over an hour this morning, so crazy was the flood of people wanting to sign up. Make no mistake: If we happen to get a code within the next couple of hours, we’re totally going to devote our show to Fortnite tomorrow.
But if that doesn’t happen, have no fear! We’ve got some other cool stuff in store when we go live tomorrow at 11 a.m. Pacific! We received an invite to the alpha for World of Warcraft’s upcoming Battle for Azeroth expansion last weekend, so co-host Dan Masaoka and I will hop in and showcase its current performance on both a 2017 MacBook Pro and an iMac. We’ll also do a general hands-on with some of the popular MMO’s new features, which includes two new continents, new races, and new PvP “war fronts” inspired by real-time strategy games.
For that matter, we’ll also spare a few moments to discuss how impressive it is that we’re even able to look at a game this early in the first place, as we Mac players are far too used to waiting months for Mac ports (if, indeed, we ever see them at all). The battle for Azeroth, meanwhile, won’t even release until September 21, but we’re already in.
Developer Blizzard Entertainment itself has a long and honored history of releasing its games for Mac at the same time as PC, which makes the continued omission of its popular shooter Overwatch from that lineup almost two years later all the more bizarre. We’ll discuss the reasons for this in light of the performance we see from WoW.
As always, if you have any questions or would like to pitch an iOS- or Mac-related topic for the show, just drop me a line on Twitter at @clickchetech.
World Of Warcraft’s Next Allied Race Could Be Kul Tiran Humans (update)
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Kul Tiras in World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth
The new bear form may have leaked Battle for Azeroth’s new Allied race
At BlizzCon 2017, the World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth developers announced six new allied races — Nightborne Elves, Highmountain Tauren, Zandalari Trolls, Void Elves, Lightforged Draenei and Dark Iron Dwarves — are coming to WoW. Since then, the Mah’Gar Orcs have been announced as the fourth race for Horde players.
Now, it looks like Alliance players may be getting a new variety of human as their fourth race.
In a recent update to the Battle for Azeroth alpha, the models for the Kul Tiran Human’s Druid Bear Form ability was datamined. This is huge news for Alliance players who have felt a little left out of the cool allied race announcements. Not only will the Alliance be getting a new variety of humans, those humans will also be able to be Druids, a class that has previously only been playable by Worgens, Night Elves, Tauren, and Trolls.
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The bear form of the Kul Tiran human incorporates a lot more wood and bone than the average Bear Druid
The unique Druid forms of the Kul Tirans are similar to those of the Zandalari Trolls we saw a few weeks ago.
Above is a small collection of the customization assets we have for Kul Tiran humans.
The Kul Tiran humans are the people who inhabit the Alliance-allied island of Kul Tiras and are the people of the famous Mage, Jaina Proudmoore. This is where Alliance players will spend their leveling time and the Kul Tiran humans will be their quest givers. It seems likely that Alliance players will be able to recruit the Kul Tiran humans to their cause by the end of Battle for Azeroth.
But there’s a reason people are excited about new humans. Ordinarily, this would be a boring show, but the Kul Tiran humans are pretty different from their vanilla WoW cousins. As you can see from the gallery above, the Kul Tirans come in several different shapes and sizes and have a nautical theme to their attire. Humans in WoW are pretty bland currently, but the Kul Tiran aesthetic is finally interesting enough to get players excited to make someone who looks just like them.
While it’s unclear whether the Kul Tiran humans will become a real allied race, chances are looking better than ever. Polygon has reached out to Blizzard regarding an official announcement of the Kul Tiran humans as a playable allied race.
World Of Warcraft Dataminers Uncover New Druid Werebears, And Even Some Spoilers
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Blizzard hasn’t released much information about the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion The Battle for Azeroth, but WoW dataminers have hit the game’s alpha data pretty hard, and uncovered some interesting new assets and bits of NPC speech. One of the new races coming with BfA is the fox race Vulpera, who just might be a new playable race.
According to a report on GamesRadar:
Since the alpha launched in January, loads of data mining has been related to the new fox-like race, the Vulpera. It was obvious from the start that the Vulpera used the same skeleton as Goblins, but then more and more evidence came piling on.
Now, we don’t know for sure if you’ll be able to create a Vulpera character, but if you can, they’re freaking adorable. And I will be one of the first on that train.
Another new find is the possibility of an Alliance race to balance out the Horde’s new Zandalari Trolls. The Zandalari will be a fully playable race, so getting a new Alliance race makes sense. It serves to balance the expansion and give the Zandalari a foil to either compare or contrast with, depending on the specifics.
Fan site and database Wowhead produced a particularly comprehensive argument regarding the possibility of an Alliance counterpoint to the Zandalari. They started paying more attention to the lore and NPCs, eventually coming across Kul Tiran humans who seemed to have a particularly strong connection to nature and druidic magic. Perhaps the Alliance’s answer to the Zandalari Druids and their sweet dinosaur forms would be Kul Tiran human Druids and forms inspired by the wicker beasts that roamed the land.
And wouldn’t you know it, just this week datamining uncovered a Kul Tiran bear form for Druids.
As we don’t know much about the Zandalari either, it’s hard to say if the Kul Tiran will serve as their proper counterpoint. However, this find at least absolves Blizzard of being biased toward the Hoarde.
You can see the new possible druid bears asset as the header image for this post.
Finally, we have the possible story spoilers. I’ll keep things as vague as I can, but do be warned, possible game spoilers lie ahead.
Many lines of “broadcast” NPC dialogue have been uncovered. These are bits of conversation that will be shouted at you by NPCs, and has been uncovered by Alpha players.
In the most recent, the broadcast text suggests that Saurfang (the de facto leader of the Orcs) is leaving the Horde. Considering the faction was started by the Orcs, that’s pretty dang big. “I have stopped counting the days I have sat in this cell. “You think you are here to take me back to Orgrimmar. Back to the Warchief. You are mistaken. After all, she has done, I will never return to her Horde. … Make sure you know the difference between loyalty and honor. And pray you never have to choose.”
Honestly, seeing some major shakeups coming with Battle for Azeroth is a good thing. World of Warcraft has been running for over a decade.
MMOs can get a bit stale without some massive overhauls So having a huge betrayal come to light in the expansion and having the combat system revamped can only be good news.
World of Warcraft could use some new life, after all.