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What Does It Mean? – Transmogrifier & Void Storage


Recently Blizzard posted up on the Warcraft facebook page an image showing Ethereals in what looks to be Stormwind.  These NPCs have some interesting names under them.  One is listed as a Transmogrifier, one has Void Storage, another has Arcane Reforger.  Now the Arcane Reforger is pretty easy to consider it will be the new reforging NPC, but what about these other NPCs, what does it mean, what does patch 4.3 have in store for us?

Lets look at Void Storage a moment.  What could this mean?  Well I have 3 theories.  The first is Void Storage is a way to increase your bank or bag space, using “the void”.  Seems like a plausible scenario, more so on the bank side of things.  After 3 expansions, a fourth on the way, who can’t use more bank space, I know I could use a good bit more.  I am running out of room storing all these holiday items, tabards and previous tier gear.  Another option is a shared storage for all your characters.  This would be something along the lines of what Diablo 3 is going to implement where you share storage among all your characters to easily transfer gear.  Many people have created bank alt characters, and this would be a possible way to free up that character spot.  A Void storage to share amongst all your characters on a particular realm.  Now my 3rd option is a stretch on the second option which is a shared storage area that any character can access regardless of what realm they are on.  This 3rd option would finally allow people to transfer heirloom items to their alts on other servers.

Next up we have the Transmogrifier.  This one is a bit trickier, but the name implies we are transforming something.  My guess would be gear.  Many games let you transform the look of your gear.  DC Universe Online let you use whatever gear model you wanted, maybe this is along those lines.  Pallies don’t like your Tier 11 shoulders, but you love your Tier 2, as long as you have your Tier 2 shoulders, boom you can transform your current gear to look like another piece of gear you own.  Imagine what this would do for Legendary items, it would greatly extend the life of them, to transform items you own to look like those old out-dated legendary items.  Making the look still a status symbol, but your gear would retain the stats of whatever the current item was.  I would love to make some ilvl 359 2h look like Sulfuras.

Perhaps though Transmogrifier is just a way to modify the color of the gear.  Many times you see the gear posted on sites like MMO Champion early with 5-8 different color schemes, obviously 1 is for normal mode tier gear and another is for heroic, but what about those other colors?  Maybe we will finally be able to customize the look of our character’s gear a bit more, and not let everyone look the same.  Looking different from your fellow players has always been a heavily sought after wish list item for WoW players, but because of the way items are created in game, it just hasn’t been feasible to change a secondary or main color palette on the items.  This might be a new way to customize your characters coming in patch 4.3, or even the next expansion.

What other possibilities could these NPCs have?  I am always interested in hearing other peoples’ ideas on speculating for the future of the game, and Blizzard certainly through us some good bait this time.

Edit 8/17/2011:

From Blizzard at Gamerscon 2011

  • The Transmogrifier NPC, which will let you change the appearance of any armor piece on you, while retaining the stats of your current gear. (= T12 stats, but with the Tier 2 look!)
  • Players won’t be able to change the appearance of their armor into another armor type or class armor set, and you might have to own the armor before you can use it to swap the appearance of your existing armor.
  • The Void Storage is a new type of bank where players will be able to store their old armors in order to free up space in their regular bank.

 

14 Comments on What Does It Mean? – Transmogrifier & Void Storage

  1. Jamin

    Interesting speculation there.

    Would be great to see this race re-launched, as it seems to have gone quite since TBC.

    – Jamin

    • Ceraphus

      Totally called the Transmogrifier based on the latest update from Blizz: “PC, which will let you change the appearance of any armor piece on you, while retaining the stats of your current gear. (= T12 stats, but with the Tier 2 look!)”

  2. I’d heard of the Transmogrifier, though I’m not sure quite where. This Void Storage thing is news to me though. Any option sounds cool, but I know I’d especially love a “common” bank to make item sharing between alts easier. Those loading screens- and the accidental loading of the wrong character- are so annoying!
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  3. I’m not sure how I feel about these changes or if I even care. The void storage sounds neat but the sharing gear between toons sounds like you are taking the grinding out of the game and now players can level to 85 in a week with guild bonus and heirloom and now can turn 85 with complete tier gear that their main bought them.
    When do you learn how to play that character to the best of your ability? If your main is a pally tank & your warlock alt just got decked out & you’ve done 100 quests and 2 dungeons. I think this will contribute to the comments “L2P” “you fail” epidemic that WoW seems to be infested with.
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  4. Being late to comment by now of course Blizzard has given more information, but I like how you were quite spot on with some theories 😉

    I’m personally hoping that the Void Storage will eventually be a bank shared between your characters in the sense that it might finally allow a way to transfer heirlooms between realms. I hate not being able to just level a new alt on another server without my precious heirlooms (yes, yes – call me a lazy bugger, I admit that I am).

    I don’t really think they will allow us to “pimp” our alts with T12 gear looks though. They are talking about us having to have the items already (which does mean going back and grinding the gear so that you have it available to get the looks) – and a Warlock won’t be able to wear Plate gear looks and so on.

    It’s going to be interesting to see for sure, and I’m definitely going to be walking around in my full Corruptor’s set (Tier 5), because it’s still my favourite Warlock tier.
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    • Ceraphus

      That set was nice for locks, having trouble thinking of anything worthwhile from old content to go get with my DK, my Pally I wouldn’t mind getting T2 and T6 again, as I sold those off to make room in my bank, grr

  5. I’m really looking forward to the gear transmogrifier (but really, could they not have given it a simpler name?). I’ve been missing my Tier 6 set and I can’t wait to wear it again, or at least look like I’m wearing it. It will be very nice to not look exactly the same as every other raiding druid.
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    • Ceraphus

      unless every other druid also liked the T6 set as much as you did 🙂 I may go back to the Tier 10 set for my DK, I did like the look of it

  6. I definitely like the idea of Void storage but I don’t have any gear special enough (old or current) to make use of Transmogrifier yet! Maybe one day! I can see the appeal of raiders looking different depending on which particular tier of gear they loved as opposed to what’s the most recent.
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    • Ceraphus

      I was thinking of going back and getting warglaives or sulfuras on my DK, but not sure I will be able to Warglaives well, a DK can’t quite solo BT just yet, Sulfuras is definitely the way to go for solo on a DK anyway, my guildies though are all stoked as many of them kept old gear or it gives us an excuse as a guild to go back and run old content.

  7. I’m really excited for this. The amount of gear I’ve got stashed will make a huge difference in my bank. I do need to go back and farm up some old Wrath pieces but I think I can do that. Especially if my husband is going to make me farm up the Bulwark of Azzinoth for his pally. Heh!
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    • Ceraphus

      I remember when I ran as a pally in classic and BC, my favorite shield was the red dragonscale shield off Vael in BWL, that was my favorite!

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