Many of WoW's Achievements will be Retroactive
Good news for soon-to-be World of Warcraft Achievement whores: Many of the Achievements in the upcoming Wrath of the Lich King expansion will be retroactive, meaning you won’t need to go back and re-do old missions or tasks to earn the respective Achievements. Blizzard has been tracking all of this data, so as soon as you boot up the game, you might unlock any number of Achievements just for having played WoW and The Burning Crusade previously.
“We retroactively track any quest Achievements or any Achievement for an item which is either on your character or in your bank,” World of Warcraft designer Jeff Kaplan told MTV Multiplayer. “There are a lot of Achievements based on stuff like honorable kills or reputations. We have all that tracked.”
Kaplan explained that there are, however, certain Achievements that won’t be instantly unlocked even if you’ve fulfilled the criteria previously. “There’s a quest associated with killing Onyxia, like the turn-in-her-head quest,” Kaplan gave as an example. “We know if you’ve done that, but the problem is, not everybody who’s killed Onyxia has necessarily gotten the head and turned it in. So there’s a fairness issue. It’s like, ‘Well, I raided with these guys but Bob got the head and then he turned it in.’ And then when the Achievement goes live, his Achievement will be filled out but mine won’t. So there might be understandability issues there like, ‘Well, how come he got it but I didn’t?’ So that’s something we’re actually feeling out in the beta. I’m torn on that right now.”
Adding Achievements to a game like World of Warcraft is a surefire way to add to the ranks of perpetually pale-skinned addicts that the game already has already created. At the very least, this will make things easier on the Achievement whores.
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