Posted on August 6, 2008,

Many of WoW's Achievements will be Retroactive

Gaming Today

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.

image via MTV Multiplayer

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8 Comments on Many of WoW's Achievements will be Retroactive

Darrell G

On August 6, 2008 at 8:25 pm

my favorite achievement so far is, waiting in queue for 3 or more minutes to log in, 5 points.


On August 6, 2008 at 8:44 pm

I am divided on this whole thing. It may cause the same issue that was brought up when Titles were added before Factions came out for Guild Wars. That is many people itching and moaning and whatnot. On the other hand it does seem to have more going for it than the Titles in GW do. Just have to wait and see what happens when they release the whole thing. Hopefully though the system won’t have that one title per se that causes the most hell. Yea that was a major shot at the Survivor Title of GW. Quite possibly was and still is the most controversial title ever.


On August 7, 2008 at 12:03 am

lol @ WoW .. horrible game.

lol@Bounce..horrible idiot

On August 7, 2008 at 2:44 am

Its horrible because you say so? Amazing! I didn’t know you where god now. Oh go and head and call me a wow fanboy because I don’t even play the damn game so yeah… and god forbid people from even trying to explain in their own opinions what makes something horrible. I do love how most people that do bash wow are usually the type of person “hey if I bash something really popular that makes me really cool!”

Buddy "Tough" Love

On August 7, 2008 at 2:53 am

WoW has its problems, but I think even the people who go on hiatus from it every couple of months due to being bored are really looking forward to WotLK and the Achievement system, and especially rolling a Death Knight. Not because it’s a cool thing and everyone will be doing it, but because the quests for the DK are very lore heavy, unique and you even get to meet the freaking Lich King personally.

Achievements = teh rox


On August 7, 2008 at 7:22 am

This is really neat news, its awesome to see even 4 years later there still adding amazing content.

I just with they would make OLD content, like molten core or black wing lair (awesome raid instance) Adjust difficulty level according to the level of players in the instance. This would open up so many doors and possibilites, Im sure they could figure out some loot system to work with it.


On October 18, 2008 at 5:57 am

I think your stupid Bounce, if you hate WoW then why would you take your time to get to this site just to say, “lol @ Wow .. horrible game.” Is it really worth your time. Also, you probably hate it because you haven’t played it (because everyone who does is addicted out of their mind) or you didn’t pass level 7 and gave up.

The achievements are a cool idea, definately for people that want a challenge. Although, They said they track everything a player did except, I’ve played a lot and have killed many bosses, Onyxia, Neferian, Ragnaros,up to C’Thun and BC Karahzan to Illidan except those kills didn’t save for me, which pisses me off.


On October 19, 2008 at 3:13 pm

Well, its true, it sucks most of the old achievements, like those u mentioned is no where to be found, but every instace that required atuning has been nerfed, bosses by 30% of their HP and, atunnements removed, so it wouldnt be that hard to get it all back…