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WoW: Patch 3.1’s Equipment Manager Delayed

Blizzard has announced that the highly anticipated Equipment Manager feature, due to be introduced in World of Warcraft’s huge upcoming content patch 3.1, has been delayed.

Players will be disappointed to read that issues with the feature could not be resolved in time for the release of 3.1:

“In order to ensure that this feature meets our standard of quality, we will be taking some extra time with the Equipment Manager and it will instead be released some time after patch 3.1.”There are already player-made addons for WoW that manage players’ gear but this new system will be integrated into the client, freeing up valuable memory.

From experience on the test server, the Equipment Manager appears to be very simple to use; once players have set up their gear choices they can change gear with a single click. Anyone familiar with the macro interface in WoW will recognise the setup in the new manager user interface. Dress up the character in the gear you want to save, then select a free slot and name it. There are ten different slots for ‘outfits’ that players can save. When outfits are swapped a sound is played to alert them to the change. Read more on the Equipment Manager and see a short video demonstration at 3.1 will also introduce the new raid instance, Ulduar, along with many other new game features including Dual Specs. The patch is currently on WoW’s test servers and is expected to go live sometime this month.

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