“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
WoW UI Zoom
Any Blue Post that begins, “This is one of this changes that we realize will be intensely unpopular with the group of players that has used …” will make you take a second sip of your coffee in strap-down preparation.
Gone will be the console command /console CameraDistanceMaxFactor 4; which allowed us to max zoom out so that we were tiny on the screen with full visuals of our surroundings. The designers are right; this type of control was known to a few players but not all. They are also wise not to roll over and give it as a default on a slider because it does make for crappy game play.
I learned the command and pasted it on my Notepad of game notes back during Wrath of the Lich King while doing Sarth 3D. Zooming out would let you easily see the waves of fire coming from the right or left and avoid them. It was great! I also used it on Oregorger, my stupid Pac-Man style raid boss which forced me to be quick and reactive and sharp (all three of which I am not). Zooming out on Oregorger let me see down over the puzzle map to track that bad boy.
Click here for the MMO Champs page with the Blue Post of the rationale and justification. I found it interesting that they are fixing 2000 bugs in Beta a day! Good job, guys, keep up the good work.
Finally, click here for an image that they offered of Legion at the (new) max zoom, which looks just dandy to me!