World of Warcraft updates and patches will be more frequent,smaller

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Right now, we’ve got Yolanda locked in a room farming items to sell to rich foreigners addicted to World of Warcraft and the new Mists of Pandaria expansion.That new content has brought with it numerous updates and additions, but of course, there’ll be some patches in the near future to smooth out any wrinkles. And expect quite a few of them, as Blizzard is looking to hit your bandwidth cap with a steady stream of patches.

Speaking to RPS, production director J. Allen Brack said that Blizzard was experimenting with varying degrees of patches now that Mists of Pandaria has been released.

“We’re trying an experiment where we’re going to do smaller. We’re going to change what it means to be a WoW patch,” Brack said. “Every patch for the modern WoW era has been a raid tier, sometimes a dungeon, sometimes not, but a whole content for every kind of level.”

We’re trying to make smaller patches and larger patches. We’re still going to have patches that are the giant raid tiers. We’re still going to have patches that are going to be what people traditionally think of as a WoW patch. But we’re also going to have very small patches that just have a few scenarios, maybe a movie or two that are little vignettes, and a round of daily quests.

That’s what 5.1 is. In the subsequent patches we’ll have other raid tiers, and then we’ll have the war escalate to the point where Garrosh [Hellscream] actually starts to do some things that are not necessarily in keeping with what you would consider to be honourable Horde traditions.

We’ve already announced that we’re going to have him as the final boss of this expansion cycle. We’re excited to see how that goes. We haven’t actually figured out exactly how that’s going to escalate and all the various pieces of that, but we’re deep into talking about it.

Patch 5.1 is on the way. Here’s the full list of details, because it’s all Greek to me.

Last Updated: October 18, 2012

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