New WOW expansion name and races revealed?

Enthusiast blog claims massively popular MMOG's latest expansion subtitled Cataclysm, goblins joining the Horde, Worgen falling in with Alliance.

Source: World of Warcraft enthusiast blog WoW.com (formerly known as "WoW Insider").

What we heard: The site cites "multiple sources close to the situation" who claim two new races will be added to WOW as part of a rumored new expansion called "Cataclysm." For the Alliance faction, the upcoming race will purportedly be the lupine Worgen. Meanwhile, the Horde will reportedly receive the once-neutral Goblin race.

The suspected leak comes after previous speculation that the Goblins and Worgen would be added to the 11-million-strong massively multiplayer online role-playing game's roster. On July 17, the fan site MMO Champion said it was convinced the two races would be playable after Blizzard revealed Goblin and Worgen novelty masks for its in-game Halloween-themed festival. Previously, only playable races were granted such distinction.

The reported name of the supposed upcoming expansion, Cataclysm, was trademarked by Blizzard on June 26 for everything from computer games to greeting cards. When GameSpot inquired to the developer on the trademark filings, the company declined to give any further details on the title, including whether the cataclysm label would be applied toward other game series or a new one altogether.

Although the latest WOW expansion--Wrath of the Lich King--did not add any new races, its predecessor, The Burning Crusade, added the Blood Elves and Draenei when it was released in January 2007. The latter had been known about since December 2005, when an advance edition of Computer Games Magazine revealed the new Alliance race.

The rumor comes 10 days before BlizzCon 2009, which runs from August 21-22. The developer has traditionally used the convention to officially announce new titles, including both games and expansions. The Burning Crusade was unveiled at BlizzCon 2005, and Wrath of the Lich King was unveiled at the event two years later.

The official story: "We haven't made any announcements in regard to any new races for World of Warcraft and don't comment on rumors or speculation." -- Blizzard rep

Bogus or not bogus?: WoW.com accurately predicted the previous two add-on races, the Blood Elves and Draenei, well before their official revelation by Blizzard. However, WoW.com had reported based off disclosed sources and cited concrete game data to back up its claims, such as screenshots, audio files, and video clips. The site's new blog post, on the other hand, only goes off anonymous sources and dubious novelty-mask image files. But with BlizzCon right around the corner, the veracity of WoW.com's sources will soon become clear.

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surfwalrus
surfwalrus

hey big boss 91 just because you hate wow, doesnt make u superior to us. people like different games and thats fine, who cares? i lead a perfectly normal life, i have a full time job, i surf, i snowboard, i am an artist, and i play wow in my free time along with a bunch of other games. granted some people play a bit too much but its what they want to do. it isnt ruining people's lives, people ruin their own lives.

big-boss-91
big-boss-91

WOW should be banned for ruining many people's lives... WOW fans need to get a life!

King_Wii
King_Wii

What would be interesting is if rather than adding to the already existing two factions if they instead added a third faction to throw the balance out of whack. I doubt they'd do that... adding a faction would be a massive undertaking but it would deffently be cataclysmic in a fun kinda way. Goblins already have a faction "Steamwheel Cartel" so add Wargen to that lineup and a few others and bam... new faction. However chances are that won't happen. As for the Wargen being a race... I dunno, seems iffy to me because they haven't been a prominent race in WoW outside of small mob spawns in select zones. I would like to think that Blizz would chose a more prominent race ie. Naga, Furblog, Ogres, Murlocks or some such. I didn't know Wargen was a race till now... before i thought those modles were just warewolves rofl. We'll I've been hearing rumors but as with anything, I take it with a grain of salt though I would like to see Blizz reveal a new expantion pack soon.

monson21502
monson21502

oh crap, gotta do my dalies. sorry wife and kids

monson21502
monson21502

wish i had my time and money back for the few months i played wow. it makes me sick to know alot of people that have all the races at lvl 80 just drooling over this new expansion. they really do need help...

same__guy
same__guy

well goblins are actually possible because there are different groups of them just like how there is the darkspear trolls and then the bad trolls and drakkari. I think this is totally not bogus. Cant wait to make a worgen and oh yeah, blizzard probably will end up changing the old world (maybe not so far as flooing half of kalimdor)

Darkbeyond
Darkbeyond

Okay for all of you who believe this plz listen to what im saying. Okay i believe the races are true but lvl 85 new max lvl no its 90 and about WOW ending at lvl 100 its not SET IN STONE ITS NOT THE TEN COMMANDMENTS people THE LORE CAN BE CHANGED if Bilzzard killed WOW at lvl 100 mmm you might as well set fire to around 200 Million every month. And another thing is Bilzzard would never and again i say WOULD NEVER flood Azeroth never in a million years that would destroy wow and the graphics makeover would be nice but it wouldn't be wow without the ones we got now so i suspect no graphics change. And another thing is Cataclysm in the English Dictionary means a violent upheval in greek it means a storm in the sea AKA Mael'Strom and the goblins even called the Well of Eternity the Great Cataclysm www.wowwiki.com. So its going to be Mael'Storm blizzard would never do this to the old world becasue why they are smart and make good games but if Bilzzard does do this im going to be mad. 4 Vanilla WOW zones never opened up one of them is were the Worgan/Human people leave mmm Starting place and then the begiining zone lvl 80 to 82 could be another then we go into Mael'Storm we go there becasue its makes the most sense not a fricken flood so come done plz. And my last thing to say is that it will alwaysa be 10 lvl or think you'd lvl to fast even if they put in the new lvling system.And or new Dal would be Kezan or Keban cant remeber the name but plz listen to this post.

Rickiej
Rickiej

Worgen? maybe. Goblins? not going to happen, since alot of the neutral area's contain goblins and that would make them enemies to the alliance (booty bay for example). And if they don't change that it would look kinda stupid. But on the new expansion, i hope they don't release any new expansion because WoW is only going downhill from here. And besides they have to finish SC and D3, so spend some more time on that.

Khelvera
Khelvera

ive gotta agree with nord and honestly i myself thing a starcraft MMOPG would destroy >.> but thats just me and as for Fi3rYRhYn0, to answer your question, there wouldent be, like LOTRO's dwarfs, but i could certainly see how they might make starcraft into an mmorpg if StarCraft2 sells well enough

Fi3rYRhYn0
Fi3rYRhYn0

is any1 else wondering wtf the female worgen would look like?

Barighm
Barighm

As far as I can tell from Blizz's comments: no new races, they'd rather make more hero classes, and there will never be "exclusive" classes for particular factions ever again because it was a major pain to design every dungeon with one particular faction in mind. It makes the game feel much more accessible when both factions have equal access to dungeons they may require, say, more holy orientated classes, or nature classes, etc.

D_e_M_o_N_i_K
D_e_M_o_N_i_K

I hate the idea of worgens they seem so beastly they cant be controlled or tusted to do quests goblins have always been neutral and should of stayed that way blizz should of worked on two new hero classes that are unique to each faction instead of races....but remember this is just my opinion so please dont abuse me

StaticPenguin
StaticPenguin

@demoniclyevl That doesn't mean there can't be a certain faction of the goblins that wouldn't be willing to side with the horde.

nightshadeA
nightshadeA

so far 4 or 5 years is the norm for an mmo unless theres a sequel how ever there will probably be some sort of discount pricing plan if blizzard makes another mmo or 2 ( (ala sony's station pass) also didnt eq 1 have like 6 to 9 expansions eventually ? Now what will be interesting to see if sw galaxies exists once old republic comes online

PristmaticTaco
PristmaticTaco

It's highly unlikely, but possible. Elune brought forth the Worgen, which Blizzard could easily retcon into making part of the Alliance. Also, Goblins being part of the Horde isn't a stretch. Only the Darkspear Trolls are allied with the Horde, why couldn't some of the Goblins do the same? Also, for the starting area and main Goblin city, Undermine hasn't been unveiled to the WoW public yet.

demoniclyevl
demoniclyevl

This is slightly upsetting to me if it's true. I was wishing for playable goblins, but in a neutral faction so you could quest for both sides but you wouldn't gain rep as quickly. And the more you favor one side the less the other one likes you. It doesn't make much sense if the Goblins side with Horde, because to them it's more profitable to sell to both factions. Regardless if these races become playable I hope they can't become Death Knights, it doesn't fit with either of their backgrounds.

Barighm
Barighm

@nord1c Totally agree with nord, and there is definitely a prevailing "feel" among WoW players that the game will be "over" once Arthas is beaten. This isn't true, of course, but some reason, I met a whole lot of players who didn't want to play the game after the defeat of the Lich King. To a lot of WoW players, the defeat of Arthas is some kind of "end" to them and that is the perfect way to finish the game. Addiction is strong, so that may not mean anything, but it does explain why a lot of players are suddenly quitting. Closure is a powerful thing for some people. Throw in a bit of economics (WoW has matured), and it's easy to see why Blizzard would want to move on (but hey, corporate greed could keep the game running for decades. I'm just saying the majority of the population is ready to move on).

xexis
xexis

Its supposed to be Worgen for Horde and Pandarean for Alliance, I already new about this and the expansion is maybe named that or Maelstrom.

nord1c
nord1c

Obviously there must has been a coffee crisis at Blizzcon, which is probably the reason why the interviewer and Mr. Pearce are half asleep. Nonetheless additional content is exactly what is needed for Wow (at least the lack of it made me put away my Lock's spellbook a year ago). With subscriber numbers stagnating at 11 mm, Blizzard is very much aware that the time for a new MMOG is ripe. Which is probably the reason, why they are preparing their next Massive Multiplayer title. If we are lucky they will let us know more about it in the upcoming days. The competition is really not worth mentioning. Warhammer online has fallen from 800.000 players to only 300.000 And Age of Conan has fallen from 750.000 to less than 100.000 paying customers in early 2009. This shows how high the demand is, but it also shows that Blizzard has set the entertainment bar quite high for any company which wishes to compete in a Blizzard dominated market. The only upcoming MMOG which really has the potential to put a dent in Blizzards shining armor is BioWare's "The Old Republic".

FabledWaltz
FabledWaltz

This rumor has already been proven to be bogus. It can not and will not happen and most of us already know that Blizzard has no intention of adding either race to either side.

mjswdr
mjswdr

If goblins go Horde, what's going to happen to Booty Bay and Gadgetzan? Aren't they mostly used by Alliance anyway? (They are on my server.) I think worgen would cause an issue, considering they are enemies of the night watch of Darkshire and hostile to anyone who visits Silverpine Forest.

MisterError
MisterError

A certain amount of people will always complain about anything wow changes or adds. I think goblins and worgen could fairly easily fit into the lore with Gilneas and a faction of horde goblins. I'd only play a worgen if you could choose to not display most of your gear, because worgen in armour would look really odd. Looking forward to suicidal goblins though.

FarmFreshDX
FarmFreshDX

I think the Goblin thing is just a wish. Worgen seems way out there to even be plausible, but we shall see.

Berem
Berem

Spike... you said it yourself, you don't know anything about WoW, so why even make a comment? For future reference, Alliance =/= Good looking characters, and Horde =/= Ugly looking characters. And its not a good vs evil thing either. Seriously.. if you are going to make a comment purely on looks about a game so big and deep with story and lore, you should think about it before pointing out something so obvious.

spike6958
spike6958

Now i don't know much about WoW but from the pic shown of the Worgen it looks like they belong with the Horde as well not the Alliance.

TomoCli
TomoCli

I could certainly see this as a possibility, especially given the comments of Limp Laky and another (I am very sorry as I cannot semt to re-find this comment) that gave the origins of the Worgen and also stated that Goblins have various factions. I believe one Goblin faction joining the horde would be similar to the Darkspear Trolls also joining the horde in my opinion (sorry if this is silly of me however). Also, with regards to starting areas and lore, I have often wondered in the past if new hero classes will be released with new races, as this shall allow lore to surround the introduction of a new hero class. ^^ On the other hand, I believe this is all still speculation and therefore all individuals shall just require to see if such races shall be released. ^^ I have also just seen the comment of BlueRaptor7, and this would also explain any worries of lore inconsistenices with the two factions. I must say however, that I have not checked any of these facts other than considering them true from the user comments here, so I apologise for any errors.

majere613
majere613

Hm. I can actually see how the Worgen might work as an Alliance race, IIRC they were created by Elune, the Night Elf goddess but the ones you usually meet have gone a bit potty. Seems like a continuation of the policy of adding less 'pretty' races to the Alliance to encourage more Horde players, I'm sure all old Horde hands remember the influx of BE pallies :) Still, this just seems to be making WoW's world weirder and weirder. Horde-only Goblins seems like a daft idea, and would seem to make the tradition of not allowing any cross-faction chat look even dafter than it already looks (and lets face it, from any point of view other than preventing battleground-fixing, no cross-faction chat is ridiculous)

killeridis
killeridis

sounds boring i am sure they can come up with something better than this if it's true at all.....

lokills
lokills

i was hoping for Chunk from the goonies...

Isayama
Isayama

Soon WoW is going to be more f*cked up than SWG and FFO having an orgy.

alixkid
alixkid

*Yawn Bored Already*

earlthecannibal
earlthecannibal

I could care less what Blizzard does anymore "AION" is the new king of mmo's -imo. maybe after Aion is released Blizzard will start to actually work on their ugly old game and do a legitimate update for once.

Rickiej
Rickiej

Goblins? come on! glad i stopped playing 4 months ago, WoW is going downhill. (for serieus players atleast

MrsNintendo
MrsNintendo

I'm with Ziagon. People rush things too much, Lich Kings been out for just a year!

Ziagon
Ziagon

That makes no sense, the alliance would never accept worgen into their ranks, they wouldn't even accept blood elves after the third war, also they wouldn't have access to vital goblin towns and goblin engineering recipes. This is all just a bunch of horse crap from people who can't just sit and play the game the way it is now.

NuKkU
NuKkU

@Heizyl: okay that makes sense didnt know they unfolded the story like that in WoW like i said i dont own the game yet(might get in the future) so i just assumed

Barighm
Barighm

I also predicted the arrival of the Draenei and Blood Elves based on in game sources and "clues" in the lore, and I can tell you now there was nothing in the game to suggest they will add new races. They could add new factions, but I highly doubt it would be a playable race. Blizzard has said before that balancing races is hell because every one has to be unique, but not unique enough to match a class in respectve "features", plus they need to have their own homes and lore and it's a crapload of work for little more than an aesthetic difference. They also said the main reason for adding Blood Elves was to give the horde a "pretty" race. Draenei were added to avoid Alliance players from feeling shafted. There is really no reason to add more races. What is there is more than enough already, and new classes will get far more love and attention than races, which Blizzard has said they'd much rather do. You're more likely to see the existing races get more class choices(Tauren priests! Nelf pallies!) before you see more races.

Storm_Marine
Storm_Marine

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matty23211
matty23211

for some reason i can not believe this just dose not seem like something blizzard would add

Limp_Laky
Limp_Laky

Also as for goblins there are many factions based under separate princes and while some are going to stay neutral at least one will be joining horde... if wow.com is right.

Limp_Laky
Limp_Laky

worgen can be an alliance race because of Gilneas. A former city of the alliance that walled itself up so that they didnt have to pay taxes on the orc prison camps after the second war. On top of trapping things from getting in it seems they cant get out either because no one has seen them in years. It is rumored they have been turned into Worgen because of the many Worgen in silverpine forest. So it is assumed they will leave Gilneas and rejoin the alliance they were once part of. Makes more sense fluff wise than saying Worgen look evil so they belong to horde.

covertgamer78
covertgamer78

Don't like the Worgen personally, look more like a good Horde race though IMO. Wasn't too thrilled about the Draenai either but I liked the Blood Elves. Like Minotaurs as Alliance but we probably won't see that.

feliscele
feliscele

STOP TEMPTING ME TO BUY WOW! ARG!

Knutte79
Knutte79

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silver_brow
silver_brow

I wouldn't be surprised if Blizz leaked this tidbit just before Blizzcon to hopefully see a spike in PPV sales. Horde getting Goblins would make sense since they have no 'Dwarf/Gnome' short and stubby race, but (like previous posts say) Worgen is a stretch. You also have to take into consideration that two new playable races require starting areas