WoW Wrath Classic developers are “feeling the pressure” of its legacy

WoW Wrath Classic hopes to remaster arguably the best chapter in the MMO’s ongoing saga, and the developers at Blizzard know for a fact that they have to get it right.

Speaking with Lead Technical Designer Kris Zierhut (who worked on the original WoTLK) and Game Producer Joshua Greenfield, it’s clear how important getting Wrath Classic right is to the development team.

“We definitely feel pressure to make this the best it can be,” says Zierhut, prompting a series of nods from Greenfield. “Remembering how much I and my fellow players loved it the first time, I want it to be just as great this time.

“I have all these friends, guildmates and gang members that I play with and talk to every day, and I feel the pressure because they depend on this, they are so excited, they want it to be so great.

“There’s pressure to make it great, but I’m also confident that, having worked on Wrath the first time, we understand what we want to do and how to make it work so we can make it great,” he continues. “While there is pressure, I remain confident that what we are releasing is an amazing game.”

Greenfield echoes this. “It helps a lot to have a lot of people like Kris and there are other people on the World of Warcraft team who worked on it when it was live. Having that experience means we can really go to the source when we talk about design intent and direction, and it really helps a lot. It fills me with so much more confidence for such a daunting task,” he concludes with a smile.

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It’s no secret that for many World of Warcraft players, Wrath was when WoW hit its peak. Characterized by a gripping story, stunning visuals and music, as well as the popular Death Knight class, the Lich King and the Scourge have gone down in history as some of the most infamous enemies in WoW.

While I joined the WoW community much later, Wrath was one of the first expansions I leveled up using Chromie Time when it was introduced in Shadowlands. I had heard stories of how good it was, and I was not disappointed. So when the WoTLK Classic beta came along, it was the perfect nostalgia trip and a much-needed return to form for WoW.

You’ll be able to dive back into Northrend starting September 26 in the US and everywhere else on September 27. You can find all the WoW Wrath of the Lich King Classic cast times in our dedicated article, as well as a WoW Classic race guide to help you determine which of Azeroth’s different creatures you want to try.

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