To my surprise, they actually had a playable demo on the showroom floor! The wife and I were able to get 20 minutes in the Howling Fjord — one of the entry zones into Northrend.
Interestingly (and wisely), Northrend will actually have two entry zones so not everyone will be crammed into the same zone come release day.
They went into pretty big detail about the game, showing off the Death Knight class and how it will work and fit into the game. It’s considered a “hero class” but it’s not a class that your character turns into.
Instead, you must do a questline (they compared it to the Warlock Epic Mount quest) and then you’re able to create new characters as Death Knights.
He doesn’t use rage, mana, or energy but instead is getting a new “rune” system which involves him inscribing runes onto his weapon to determine the spells he can cast during combat.
Aside from the new expansion, there was Starcraft 2.
Honestly, it feels very very early in development and some of their ideas for the single player “story mode” are kinda weird. The plan is to take the time between RTS missions to give you an adventure/RPG like interaction with characters.
My first thought was that it was kind of hokey. I hope they work it out. In their defense, it was pretty early on into development.
There were also tons of folk in costume, which I hope to post up when I get back from Cali. There’s just a couple of samples here for now.
Day 2 looks to be less hectic and certainly lower on the new information flood. I’ll blog about it… eventually.