Blizzard Entertainment has confirmed that World of Warcraft's Corruption system will be removed from the popular MMORPG in its 9.0 Shadowlands pre-patch.
Introduced as an alternative to World of Warcraft's Titanforging system that could randomly upgrade obtained loot, Corruption's removal also fits thematically as, come the Shadowlands pre-patch, the old god N'zoth will be officially dead.
"Corruption is completely going away in the 9.0 pre-patch, so as soon as 9.0 drops, canonically, N'Zoth is dead. We have destroyed the Old God, his corruption has been cleansed from Azeroth, and we may preserve a legacy tooltip on the gear, but it's a mix of moving the story line forward, and frankly, the game is pretty broken right now.", Game Director Ion Hazzikostas told Twitch streamer PandaTV via IcyVeins.
World of Warcraft Shadowlands Pre-Patch Corruption
"Part of why that's been okay is that we know it's for a short period of time. There's really no way to deal with somebody who has 100% crit rates and all that stuff going into new content.", he continued.
Aside from removing the Corruption system, World of Warcraft's Shadowlands pre-patch will also introduce the level squish that Blizzard has in store for its MMO.
This means that going into the upcoming expansion, the characters' max level will once again be 60 as when World of Warcraft first launched.
"Enjoy this silly season, but post-squish, we'll get back to a normalized space and re-tune all the contents so that people can everything they were accustomed to doing with all your Corruption, so if you were able to do it before 9.0, you will be able to do it at max level in 9.0. We don't want to change any of that.", Hazzikostas said.
Essences and Azerite Armor will, however, continue to work even during the pre-patch. At the same time, Preserved Contaminants will turn into Spoiled Contaminants, featuring the preserved legacy tooltip mentioned above which reads "The defeat of N'Zoth has rendered this specimen powerless.".
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands was recently given a Fall 2020 release window at the same time when it was revealed that the game's closed beta starts this week.
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