As revealed directly by Class Designer Koraa, there are no plans now or in the future for a Dire Cat Form.
End of story.
Now, you might think that Kalgan had told us something completely different at the WWI Q&A. Did Kalgan lie to us in the World Wide Invitational?
Allow me to quote what Kalgan said, exactly.
Will feral druids get new skins in WotLK?
They talked about it, but while some players would like it, other wouldn’t, like when the Rogue stealth animation was changed.
Will druids get male or female optional forms to choose from?
There is plan for a new dire bear form model and the introduction of the dire cat.
Thanks be to Lisana of the guild Zerg, who brought the question immediately back to Koraa, who says it wasn’t an actual lie… he was just mistaken as to the nature of the Druidic graphics changes that were planned… right?
I think what Kalgan meant was that we intend to do different texture variances for Druid forms, including Cat form. Which is true, though not sure how soon we’re going to get that. They may come from a repeatable quest, or through inscription.
Yeah… um, so, Kalgan wasn’t lying, exactly, he was just thinking that something that wasn’t done yet, something a class designer has no idea when they are going to get to, was going to really be Dire Cat Form, and worth mentioning at the WWI Q&A… along with Dire Bears getting a new model. Yeah. Because Dire Cat Form and ‘different textual variances acquired from an Inscription or a rep/quest grind’ sound so much alike in team meetings.
*cough cough* BULLSHIT *cough cough*
But I’ll let you be the judge.
I’m thinking of how it would feel, if I were in France, having paid to attend a series of panel discussions given by the Lead Designers of World of Warcraft, to learn firsthand what the future plans were for my favorite class…
And I were to hear firsthand about various changes to my class, changes that spark my imagination and send excitement surging through me (yes, I’m a Druid fanboy)… and later find out the guy was talking off the top of his head and presenting to us as fact things he did NOT know for certain.
I’d feel exactly like I do now… but additionally, I’d wonder why I should bother going to any panels in the future? Just go to the event and meet the CMs and get fanboy pics taken, and maybe get a goodie grab bag and see the Beta live and hands on of real new stuff… not things some dude made up.
Let’s be honest… it’s things like this that, right or wrong, can make you feel that your class is of no concern to the designers. Clearly, they are more interested in some other class, if they are so far off reality, right?
I am NOT going to drag out the whole “Kalgan loves PvP Warriors, and hates Warlocks” drama that we used to see all the time. I don’t know the man, I don’t know what, if anything, he likes to play in the game. And if he is responsible in a significant way for WoW as it is, then I’ve really got no problems here overall. I love the game.
But there are only so many classes. The game has been out for a long time now. Many folks have 3 or more level 70 characters. We argue over and memorize the Hit Rating cap, the armor cap and if there really ever IS an armor cap or diminishing returns from armor, things that are inherently more micro-scale than, oh… a WHOLE NEW CLASS FORM.
You’re telling me that Tom Chilton (Kalgan’s alter ego), Lead Designer, can’t tell the difference in scope between ‘Dire Cat Form’ and ‘texture changes’?
What the heck am I supposed to think about a new Dire Bear model? Is that all bullshit too?
That’s all I’m going to say about it.
Since I can’t just end on a down note, then let me give you the sunny part of the discussion. It’s not all gloom and doom, not by a long shot.
In that same thread on the Beta forums, Koraa states that it IS planned for Druids in forms to be able to get the effects from Items or Enchants that have a chance to activate “On Hit”, as previously reported.
Currently, Druids in forms do not get the advantage of such things, because when we are in forms Items and Enchants act very much as though we are using our naked furry paws and claws and teeth to attack, and the only benefit we ever get is from items that boost our base physical stats or have flat ‘always on’ effects.
The thinking, which I have never argued with, is that when you shift, you are no longer holding a physical staff to whack a badguy with, so why would an enchant proc? Hell, as a pen-and-paper RPG GM, I can tell you straight up that I totally agree with the thinking there.
The counter-argument, of course, is one of class mechanics, class balance and math. If a Rogue can get weapon enchant procs and trinket procs ‘On Hit’ and we can’t, like Mongoose and Crusader and Romulo’s Poison Vial, then where is the equality?
Well, it looks like we don’t get a Dire Cat Form.
But, at least we get to have flaming claws of Windfury!