Blizzard has completed their Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Reddit regarding World of Warcraft. The following was originally posted on there and reposted on WoWHead News:
Q: What happened to the observer mode mentioned during BlizzCon 2011?
A: Observer modes are still on our want list, it’s just a question of when we get to it. So far, other features and changes have been higher priority but hopefully one of these days we’ll finally get it done.
Q: What are you worried about with the raid observer feature mentioned at BlizzCon 2011?
A: On the raid front, I think the trick would be making sure that it doesn’t end up becoming the most effective way to raid. One of the great challenges of raid leading is executing the mechanics of the encounter as required of your own specific class and role, while also keeping tabs on the macro-level raid assignments and the ways in which the fight is unfolding. Imagine how much better someone would be at leading a raid if they could do it entirely from a third-person POV. It’d almost be mandatory for competitive players, and while some raid leaders might not mind being relegated to the role of “coach” if it gives them a better vantage from which to scold people for standing in fire, we’d rather avoid encouraging that.
That said, some sort of built-in delay might avoid this issue. In short, there are technical issues to solve, but we agree that it’d be really cool.
Rest of the Q & A after the jump (to conserve space)
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