[Suggestion] Bring Back the Night! (part three)

#1 - Aug. 7, 2013, 10:39 a.m.
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OK, in the early days of wow, when the time had reached a certain hour, the whole world got darker. It was beautiful and spooky at the same time.

For reasons put forward by the devs; to make it more playable at any hour, they removed the darkness at night.

So now, we have a bright daytime and when the clocks reach the hour that is "night", the skybox changes a little and nothing else.

For example, standing in Orgrimmar at night. If you didn't look up and see the skybox is now stars, you wouldn't be able to tell that it's night time at all. The ground is just as bright as the daytime and the shadows cast are from a sun that isn't in the sky.

Nothing kills my immersion more than bad lighting. It's not just bad, it's obvious.

There's been hundreds of threads on this subject, and none have been taken seriously so I put up a petition to bring back the night time. Share the link around, maybe they'll listen.


http://imgur.com/a/ZTv5a - Daytime.

http://imgur.com/a/6TnEv - "Night time"

http://imgur.com/a/7W9XT - Some examples of night as it used to be.

Come on guys, it isn't a night time if the world is just as bright as it is in the day. BRING BACK THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN NIGHT AND DAY!


Since the other, OTHER thread has hit the posting limit, we'll just continue here.

To those who do not want the night back (and if you look through the threads, there are not all that many at all) we have a solution. A slider that controls how dark you want the night. The tech is already there and has been for years.

We've had a blue response to the thread.

Wow! Alright alright, we hear you. This seems almost like a unanimous opinion on this thread…
We’ll let the devs know how you feel about this ;)

http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/6297803551 Link to the first thread here. (Post capped).

http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/6600169954 Link to the second thread here. (Post capped)

http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/7789209034?page=1 Link to the first US thread (post capped.)

http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/7810051380 Link to the 2nd US thread.

Also, below are the Tally results for the first EU thread.

    NO: 4 (1.01%)
    Yes, but needs options / Unsure: 8 (2.03%)
    YES! BRING BACK THE NIGHT!: 381 (96.9%)

Please bare in mind this was the EUs first thread (post capped).


"Patch 5.4 will have a test case for darker nights in Orgrimmar, Stormwind, and Vale of Eternal Blossoms."

Confirmed here: http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/7860907601?page=8#155

Source: http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/3368-Patch-5-4-Developer-Interviews-Blue-Tweets-Setup-of-the-Month-Poll-Fan-Art-Update


It seems the test case for darker nights has been either scrapped, or the original statement was intended to mean that the "Weather Stones" obtainable on Timeless Isle was to be a test on new weather effects.

Blue responses in the thread here:


(reposted shamelessly since the last thread hit the limit.)
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#155 - Sept. 2, 2013, 1:32 p.m.
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02/09/2013 02:19Posted by Strato
"Patch 5.4 will have a test case for darker nights in Orgrimmar, Stormwind, and Vale of Eternal Blossoms."

Sleep tight and enjoy the night, don't let the Sha of Nightmares bite!
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#334 - Oct. 14, 2013, 3:34 p.m.
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Darker nights aren’t simply pure aesthetics, they have a huge potential to affect real gameplay, it affects players’ reaction time, mood/emotions, and accessibility… and probably a few other things that we don’t even consciously take notice.
We know how everyone here feels about this, and while in theory “darker nights” sounds like a great idea, it all comes down to design.

Here’s a fresh quote from Mr. Crab himself:
The artists are aware of this feedback and want to try and address it in the future. Too dark is hard to play of course.” (source)