Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Blizzard's quest tracker didn't happen
It was widely reported that patch 3.2 would introduce Blizzard's own version of Questhelper to the standard interface of World of Warcraft. I found that interesting, because it touches some important questions on what a "quest" really is: Is it really a kind of search, like the quest for the holy grail, or is it just an errand?
So I used my wife's account to log into WoW and check out the new feature, now that patch 3.2 went life. Only, it wasn't there. I couldn't find any quest marks on my world map, nor any option to turn them on in the interface section, where the other new features had helpfully been marked with a golden exclamation mark. And reading the patch notes, the text about the addition of the quest helper feature was missing as well.
After some searching, I found a forum announcement that for some technical reason the feature didn't make it, and they hope to implement it later. Which still leaves us some time to ponder why the average player can't do a quest that tells him to "kill 10 wolves in the mountains north of the village", unless the wolves north of the village are marked on his map, and preferably there is a big arrow pointing towards them.