A Swedish magazine Level published a long interview with Jeff Kaplan discussing patch 2.4.
One part of the interview I would like to point out is:
“Patch 2.4 will raise the cap on the amount of Daily quests allowed on a given day, from 10 to 25.”
The increase tells me two things:
1.There is no reason why I should keep standard quest when I hit 70. Since I can obtain more of a reward from Dailies (i.e. reputation, gold)
2.Items will cost more in the Auction House thus affecting the economy. This can potentially force “some” players in buying gold just to purchase items from the Auction House.
Overall I like this change but for me to complete 25 dailies a day would take me up to 8 hours. I just don’t the time to do that.
The below text are translated and shortened parts of the interview:
Sunwell Isle will be located off the coast, north of Silvermoon in Eversong. The Island will be patched in with patch 2.4
Sunwell Isle will, as previously announced, house a major questing hub with a 5-man Normal and Heroic Instance (Magister?s Terrace) together with a 25-man raid Dungeon (Sunwell Plateau). The goal with Sunwell Isle is to close the Burning Crusade storyline with the next expansion in mind. However, Kaplan states that there are some scenarios left in their back pockets “in case of” the development of WOTLK gets delayed for any reason.
At the start of the patch, the players will be greeted by a small expedition camp where they can start questing; though as the questing progresses (more dailies, yay!), the camp will grow to a small town. The larger the camp gets, the more quests will open up. Some buildings will already be in place, but needs to be re-taken.
Kaplan states it will be about the same “feel” as the Opening of the Gates scenario for AQ, in a miniature version. The more daily quests that gets done, the faster the whole server will progress.
The questing will tell the full story about Tempest Keep
A new faction will be introduced, “The Shattered Sun Offensive” for which you can gain reputation. Aldor and Scryer factions seem to finally be getting along to meet the new threat.
The 5- and 25-man dungeons will be open from the start, although, some bosses will be inaccessible until the dailies have progressed far enough. The 5-man Heroic instance will “most likely” require Honored reputation with “The Shattered Sun Offensive”. The first three bosses in the 25-man dungeon will be accessible from start, the three last ones has to be “unlocked” via questing.
In the Magister’s Terrace (the 5-man dungeon), Kael’Thas will have a comeback as a boss, in a new shape. (Kaplan mentions a large green crystal etched to his chest).
Players entering the 25-man dungeon will be faced with Kil’Jaeden himself. Kaplan states that this is one of the coolest bosses the art department has ever produced. The fight in itself matches the one with Illidan.
Other bosses include Brutalicus, a giant Pit Lord who has lost his wings, one of the first bosses will be the famous blue dragon Kalecgos who you will need to free from his enslavement under Kil’Jaeden. A Fel Dragon (first in WoW history), the female Eredar Twins and a Dark Naaru will also be in the mix.
Kaplan suggests the dungeon to be on par, or harder than the Black Temple. The Sunwell Plateau will be tuned for Tier 6 geared players, though there will not be any Tier 7 per se. Some pieces will be set pieces (though not necessarily class specific); all in all the drops in the dungeon will be above T6.
On other news, patch 2.4 will raise the cap on the amount of Daily quests allowed on a given day, from 10 to 25.
Disclaimer: Jeff Kaplan were interviewed by Magnus Eriksson for Level Magazine. The content of the magazine Level and their sub magazine “LEVEL Special: World of Warcraft” #3 2007 are all copyrighted to Reset Media and as such, I will not scan and publish the full article here. Any Swede can however go and purchase their own copy in stores today. And I do apologies for any translations mistakes as this was pretty hastily put together >.>