More on Patch 3.0

Blizzard has updated its Under Development page to talk about Patch 3.0.2, dubbed Echoes of Doom. At this point, this page just lists the highlights of the upcoming patch and refers you to the PTR patch notes for more details.

Here’s the relevant bit from the Under Development page. Nothing there we didn’t already know about, but it’s nice to see it summed up.

The upcoming Echoes of Doom patch will set the stage for the November release of World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King — and help you prepare for your first foray into Northrend.

  • New class spells and talents: Players will have access to each class’s revamped talent tree, including the new 51-point talents.
  • Stormwind Harbor: Visit the newly constructed Stormwind Harbor, where Alliance players will be able book passage to Northrend come Wrath of the Lich King’s release.
  • Barbershops in capital cities: Customize a character’s look with a stylish haircut, a shave, and other trimmings.
  • New zeppelin towers: New air-travel platforms for the Horde will be erected outside Orgrimmar and in Tirisfal Glades.
  • Two brand-new Arenas: The new player-vs.-player Arenas will feature challenging new layouts, terrain hazards, and moving obstacles.
  • Hunter pet skill revamp: Hunters will be able to customize their pets’ abilities in a whole new way.
  • New Inscription profession: Customize your favorite spells and abilities by taking up this new primary profession.
  • New user-interface options: Save bag space with the revamped mount and non-combat pet storage system, and keep your guild organized with the new in-game calendar.
  • Achievement system: Start unlocking achievements and earning points for your reputation levels, profession masteries, and quest accomplishments.
  • …and much more!

Of course the big question is: When will Patch 3.0 hit the live servers?

Although Blizzard has not announced a date, they have announced that ladder for Arena Season 4 will be ending on Tuesday, October 14th. Since Blizzard had previously announced that “the current arena season will end in respect to the ladder upon the release of our next major patch”, I think it is safe to say that there is a strong possibility that Patch 3.0 will launch on October 14th.

So my job for the next two weeks is to get Petopia ready for the new world order. I’ll be doing that offline for now because I don’t want to disturb hunters who need to know where to find Claw 6. *grin* But I hope to launch the shiny new post-Patch 3.0 Petopia very early (like 3am Eastern) on October 14th.

(By the way, I’ve been calling the upcoming patch “Patch 3.0″ because it’s shorter and, well, in the context of the major changes that .2 on the end doesn’t mean much to me. But I’m worried that since Blizzard insists on specifying this as “Patch 3.0.2″ everywhere that I’m going to confuse people. I’m not worried about readers here so much as the less with-it hunters who may be hitting Petopia in droves after the patch trying to figure out what happened to Bite on their bear. Thoughts?)

60 thoughts on “More on Patch 3.0

  1. Seidouyumi

    People don’t read up on the patch notes. I do, but I’m weird.

    And the ‘air guitar’ thing is funny. Apparently our pets are playing Guitar Hero III while we’re playing WoW.

  2. Peter

    I was so disappointed about the new content which will come with WotLK, that I decided to make a long break until Blizzard will *really* improve the game. I know, most of you will not understand me, but I expected innovation and not evolution from WotLK. Meanwhile I am playing WAoR and I’m still happy about it.
    As a WoW hunter player I was not waiting for a lot of more pets but no real improvement in hunter abilities. May be I am not blind enough to feel satisfied with these nice but less helpful new hunter things.
    Anyway, have fun with WoW even when it will be “business as usual”.
    I will leave this professional, but still enthusiastic made site until Blizzard changes the character balance in a better way than it is now.

  3. Makoes

    Just thought I’d give everyone a heads up on this, but when BC came out, everyones pvp honour points got reset to 0…And I’ve heard rumors that this might happen again…so for anyone out there who’s thinking of saving you honour points…it might not ba a good idea, cuz theres a good chance they wont exsist come the expansion…

  4. Palladiamors

    Nah Makoes. That was the original idea, but they recently went back and changed their minds. Again. You get to keep your honor. BUT, in exhchange, all things that cost honor at eighty will cost a LOT more.

  5. Never

    what will be worse than the ‘dude wheres my mount’ come patch will be the constant ‘how do i get to northrend’ come expansion. people STILL ask this in beta and not only do they ask but 5 seconds later someone else is asking. imagine that in live. pretty sure it’ll even happen with the patch too.

  6. Kristy

    I can’t wait for 3.0.2! It has to come out already! So many Hunter pet things. I want the special, albino (although really small) Devilsaur!

  7. Schadenfreude

    I’m guilty of the HOW I CONTROL HORSE and HOW I GET TO NORTHREND gaffes, sigh. I honestly didn’t see that my action bar had changed for like 10 minutes, and I couldn’t see the new zeppelin tower since all my graphics settings had been turned down to the lowest level.

  8. Tarjin

    Echoes of Doom

    I once read in PC Gamer than you should never give something a title that could be used as a summary of the review.

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