Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne Interview At Gamespot
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PC Gaming website Gamespot posted a new interview Wednesday with Blizzard Entertainment's Bill Roper on the upcoming Warcraft III expansion pack, The Frozen Throne.
The interview focuses mainly on gameplay issues such as the story background, unit assignments, and general game design issues:
GS: We were surprised to hear how many new features and units will be in The Frozen Throne. How much of a challenge will it be to balance all the additions for multiplayer? Meanwhile, the good folks over at Blizzard Entertainment have unveiled more of the new units that will grace the expansion set. The Shadow Hunter, fighting with the Orcish Horde, are "masters of voodoo magics who can use their spirit-powers to both heal their allies and place curses upon their hapless enemies."
Bill Roper: Balancing a game like Warcraft III is always challenging, but we do have a great advantage when working on units for the expansion set. Many of the units in The Frozen Throne are designed to fill holes that we found by playing hundreds of games and watching thousands of matches in the community. Listening to both recreational and professional players also helped us decide where each race needed a boost, which then allowed us to address some of these issues with the new units. The real difficulty lies in the fact that we have to look at more than just the new units in regard to balance. We also need to go back and see how their abilities interact with and affect the units that are already in the game. Oftentimes, this requires making small adjustments to the older units as well, but we are dedicated to spending the time required to make sure that when the expansion comes out, it all works together.
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