Another year, another BlizzCon, and, as usual, Blizzard has made some pretty big World Of Warcraft–related announcements. I have a few thoughts.
First up, of course, is the announcement of the game’s next expansion, Battle For Azeroth. The basic conceit of said expansion is to bring the Alliance vs. Horde conflict front and center. It’s something that’s usually been in the background for the bulk of the game, but tends to be eclipsed by some bigger threat. Here, have a cinematic:
First off, holy shit how badass is Sylvanas? I kind of want to be her when I grow up. Second, Anduin leading an army seems weird and kind of wrong to me, since he’s probably the least war-like character in the whole franchise.
There are some other features they’re planning, such as six new playable “allied” races, three for each faction. Some of them (such as the Nightborne and Highmountain tauren) were introduced as neutral in Legion, while the Zandalari trolls and Dark Iron dwarves have been around for much longer. They are also going to be adding new zones, such as Kul Tiras for the Alliance and Zandalar for the Horde. And, as per usual, they will be increasing the level cap from 110 to 120.
As per usual, I will probably jump at joining the beta if I get the chance, and will most certainly be buying it when it comes out. However, part of me also kind of hopes that this is the last expansion, since the game has been going since 2004 and this would be the seventh expansion since the release. I think it might be time to let it end, not in the sense that the game should be shut down, but maybe they should stop adding new expansions.
There is no release date for this expansion yet, but knowing Blizzard’s pattern it will most likely be released next summer or fall.
Next up is the announcement of WoW Classic.
Now, this one we don’t have nearly as much information on. From what I’ve been able to glean from WoWhead.com seems to indicate that it’s still very early in development, but it looks like they will either be re-releasing the original or “vanilla” version of the game, or are planning to implement servers dedicated to running that version of the game.
This idea seems pretty interesting to me. I’ve been playing WoW since just before The Burning Crusade expansion, so this is something I would like to try out for nostalgia. Plus, for people who jumped on, say, post-Cataclysm, this would give those players a taste of what the game was like back in the day.
We have no release date for Classic at this time, but I’m sure Blizzard will keep us posted.