At the 2013 BlizzCon, Blizzard Entertainment, makers of the World of Warcraft franchise, announced the upcoming release of their next expansion entitled ‘The Warlords of Draenor’, the fifth full-length expansion to their World of Warcraft story. They also gave us our first look at what we can expect from the expansion.
The heroes of Azeroth finally know what challenge lies before them next. They will travel across Draenor’s savage jungles and battle-scarred plains to engage in mythic combat between the Draenei champions and the mighty orc clans in an effort to avoid the conflict spilling over into the world of Azeroth, and a very bloody history repeating itself.
In the new expansion, the level cap will be raised from 90 to 100, giving players 10 new levels to fight through. In order to get into the action quicker, Blizzard will also be implementing a system in which players can boost a single character, even a newly created one, to level 90 immediately in order so they can dive right into the action with their friends.
As of right now, there is no announcement of any new races or classes in this expansion, although, they are unveiling new character models.
In addition to the raised level cap, the expansion will include new Zones, Dungeons, Raids, Scenarios, Battlegrounds, as well as a new World PVP zone; something the previous expansion was lacking.
Here is your first look at the trailer for the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion entitled ‘The Warlords of Draenor.’
Here is the official press release from Blizzard Entertainment regarding the expansion:
ANAHEIM, Calif.—November 8, 2013—The heroes of Azeroth are on the verge of a war that will reforge the fate of two worlds. Announced today at BlizzCon® 2013, World of Warcraft®: Warlords of Draenor™,the fifth expansion to Blizzard Entertainment’s acclaimed massively multiplayer online role-playing game, sends players to the world of Draenor at a pivotal moment in history to fight against and alongside legends from Warcraft’s brutal past.
Across Draenor’s savage jungles and battle-scarred plains, Azeroth’s heroes will engage in a mythic conflict involving mystical draenei champions and mighty orc clans, and cross axes with the likes of Grommash Hellscream, Blackhand, and Ner’zhul at the height of their primal power. Players will need to scour this unwelcoming land in search of allies to help build a desperate defense against the old Horde’s formidable engine of conquest—or else watch their own world’s bloody, war-torn history repeat itself.
“Warlords of Draenor gives players a chance to take a commanding role in one of the Warcraft series’ most crucial conflicts,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “This expansion also includes features that make it easy for anyone to jump right into the action, whether they’ve played WoW at some point in the past or are just setting foot in Azeroth for the first time.”
To help new and returning players answer the call to arms on Draenor, the expansion will enable anyone to instantly boost one character to level 90, including a newly created character, quickly getting them up to speed and ready to enjoy the latest content with their friends.
To establish a foothold on Draenor once they’ve arrived, the displaced champions of the Horde and Alliance will be able to construct their own Garrison, an expandable, customizable stronghold that will serve as each player’s personal base of operations throughout the course of the expansion. As the Garrison grows, players will be able to recruit NPC allies and followers to take up residence, gathering resources and embarking on missions on the player’s orders.
Warlords of Draenor will also introduce fully revamped player character models and animations for many of World of Warcraft’s existing playable races, bringing the orcs, humans, and several other longtime residents of Azeroth up to the visual standards of newer races while still maintaining their iconic style and identity.
Along with these new features, World of Warcraft players will enjoy a wide array of new content on their way to the new level cap of 100, including new Zones, Dungeons, Raids, Scenarios, Battlegrounds, and more. Warlords of Draenor will also introduce questing improvements designed to encourage exploration and add unpredictability to players’ ongoing adventures.
BlizzCon 2013 attendees are able to play World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor on the show floor, and BlizzCon Virtual Ticket buyers can learn more about the expansion online by watching panels taking place during the event. Further details about Warlords of Draenor will be announced as development continues. For more information, visit the expansion’s official website at www.worldofwarcraft.com/warlords.
There is currently no official release date for the expansion; however, we here at FanSided will keep you up to date on any new information released regarding “The Warlords of Draenor.”