WoW Classic splits the opinions and minds of players in many places. Especially the addon ClassicLFG, which should simplify the group search in WoW (buy now 14,99 € ) Classic, caused the anger of many players. Although such tools already existed in the original Classic, they are not part of the Classic feeling, which most players wish back. Now, developer Blizzard has entered the discussion and announced that they will be cracking down on such addons by restricting the API interface. Exactly what changes will be made and what the restrictions will be, the developers left open at this time. ClassicLFG in its current form will definitely not work after the patch, though.
According to Blizzard, they have followed the discussions very closely and decided that ClassicLFG is not compatible with their standards of social interaction in WoW Classic. Therefore, in one of the upcoming patches (not until after the August 27 release), the functionality of such addons will be limited. Blizzard, while acknowledging that the author of the addon had no ill intentions and only wanted to help interested players, still opposes such features. By their own admission, if they had wanted such a system, they would have directly left the current group search in the game.
It would be extremely difficult to put into words the limits that apply to addons like ClassicLFG. However, anything beyond visually rehashing things the game shows you anyway would be too much of a good thing.
Here's the full statement from the developers on the subject:We've been closely following the community discussion around this add-on for WoW Classic, as well as analyzing it to make sure we understand how it works. After careful examination, we believe the nature of ClassicLFG is incompatible with our social design for Classic. Thus, in an upcoming patch (in the weeks following launch), we will be adding restrictions to the Classic add-on API that will significantly limit this add-on and others like it.
In line with what we shared at BlizzCon last year, we intend to be very careful about allowing add-on functionality that might undermine aspects of the social dynamics that are core to the Classic experience, even in cases like this where it's clear that the addon author had no ill intent and was simply trying to provide a service to the Classic community. Ultimately, if a streamlined group-finding system was something we considered compatible with Classic, we would have kept the modern Premade Group Finder tool rather than choosing to remove it from the Classic client.
It's difficult to articulate a clear-cut rule for exactly when an add-on crosses the line. However, when an add-on goes beyond presenting information or providing aesthetic customization, and attempts to create an interconnected social network that relies on other players also using that same add-on, we are likely to scrutinize it particularly closely.
What do you think - do you like Blizzard's decision or would ClassicLFG not have bothered you?
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