"Significant and exciting" new content coming to World of Warcraft

Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick teases new content for MMO coming in 2014.

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Blizzard Entertainment is currently working on "significant and exciting new content" for World of Warcraft, Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick said last night during an earnings call. No specific timetable for the release of the new content was provided, though Kotick made his comments when discussing the company's outlook for 2014.

Also during the call, Blizzard president Mike Morhaime said the company has never had more resources dedicated to creating new World of Warcraft content than it does right now.

"In terms of the content and developing, we have more resources focused on developing content for World of Warcraft than ever before," Morhaime said. "So we expect to continue having a long and happy life."

World of Warcraft currently has 7.6 million subscribers, and is the top subscription-based MMO on the market.

World of Warcraft launched in 2004 and four expansions have been released to date: The Burning Crusade (2007), Wrath of the Lich King (2008), Cataclysm (2010), and Mists of Pandaria (2012).

Blizzard recently trademarked Warlords of Draenor, though it is unclear what Blizzard franchise this may be related to. More details on the future of World of Warcraft may be unveiled at BlizzCon 2013, which begins tomorrow and runs through Sunday.

GameSpot will be on-hand at the event. Check back later for more.

Discussion

62 comments
mobywv
mobywv

How'd the Old Republic work out?  :p

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

I wish they would just make Warcraft 4 or something like that

FoxExecutive
FoxExecutive

This article was literally its own title.  Then it was followed by nothing more than rehashed information of previous articles.  I'm glad I now know Blizzard is excited about its largest franchise newest release.

If the dev team were reasonable they would focus back on the Burning Legion and have the next expansion's pinnacle boss be the return of Queen Azshara.  I don't play WOW anymore, but the lore has always been really good, when it is related to the continuing story of WC3.

jay_rock_
jay_rock_

Well let's hope it's better then last year expansion Mist of Panda !

emperiox
emperiox

Ooh, what's next for the MMO, are they going to improve the game by removing the talent tree completely, and then say it's to improve the game and not because Blizzard sucks at balancing? I can't wait to find out how they'll mess up WoW next! OOH is Ghostcrawler back? That would be a pretty big surprise! This anxiety is killing me! I honestly can't wait to see how they will destroy it now...

Oh, I bet they also hired Jay Wilson! Then instead of 1 dumbass, we can get 2 dumbasses in charge of WoW!!!

Hayasmez
Hayasmez

Does it come with more excuses as to why everything takes so long or "too hard" for them to do?

GIF
GIF

World of Warcraft is a beautiful game. I'm not sure what Blizzard is going to unveil but I will be surprised but I'd never pay to hear what they are going to announce. I got an email about paying to tune in to see what they announce which is altogether silly.

billzihang
billzihang

What a fucking yawnfest. Let me guess? Another expansion that adds more 'Kill 6 boars' quests.

BrutalPandaX2
BrutalPandaX2

awesome even though I don't play, it's nice to come back once in a while for a month or two

isv666
isv666

Not a surprising announcement.  Especially with Blizzcon this week, I think most people are expecting some major announcements.  I'll buy the next expansion like I have with all those before it.  Sure it can get repetitive and boring at times, like any game, but I still find myself getting more fun out of it than I pay for it.  So that makes it worth it to me.  Mileage may vary.

Hakkology
Hakkology

Do people really play this actively anymore ?

Heard my server is dead anyway. It's a shame, BC and WotLK helped me make a lot of good friends.

noandno
noandno

I. WANT. WARCRAFT 4!!!!

Fursnake
Fursnake

"Significant and exciting"...uhhh huh, riiiiiiiiight.

WoW is to MMO's as CoD is to shooters.

scottypb
scottypb

It will be interesting to see what they come up with next. I have to be honest though when I say WoW hasn't been fun for me since the end of Wrath when most of my buddies and guild mates left the game. But I still purchased and played the last 2 expansions because lets face it it's World of Warcraft! As long as they have a player base, Blizzard will keep pumping out content. So if you do still play and pick up the new expansion, enjoy.

shreddyz
shreddyz

Significant and exciting like buying a new pillow?

Led_poison
Led_poison

Outland revamp and ilevel squish. 

shingui5
shingui5

You know what's annoying?  i'll probably end up buying the expansion, subbing for a month or two, then leaving again, like i've done for the past two. 

Damn WoW and it's crack-like nature.... 

nurnberg
nurnberg

I am pretty sure expansions for WOW will still be released in 10 years.

nanosphere
nanosphere

Next WoW expansion: Winds of Ponyaria.

- New player race: Anthropomorphic Ponies.

- Level cap raised to 92.5

- Over 500 hours of Pony themed 80-man raid content

- Under 5 minutes of Pony themed single/small group content

- Moar pokemans to catch (must be in 80-man pokeraid)!

- Completely redoing the talent system again!

- Did we mention Ponies?

- Here's a new mount, you have to pay $25 for it.

- Also here's another re-skinned Murloc pet.

samsungx360
samsungx360

The content might be awesome. But one has to go through it by pressing 1 2 3, 1 2 3, 1 2 3...

Techn1c4l
Techn1c4l

Call of Warcraft: Draenor Warfare

wookiegr
wookiegr

Keep your fingers crossed for those "Kickass Koala's!" Koala Bear add on that has Koala bears that kick ass and live in KoalaWalla Land.

MapleLeafKush
MapleLeafKush

omg just let this POS game die already PLEASE

xKnees
xKnees

@GH05T-666 they are going to dont worry its called warcraft a new dawn

larzen
larzen

@Tribesmaster And I really think blood pudding sucks! But you wont see me go around complaining about it.  

waffleiron88
waffleiron88

@billzihang yeah you gotta love MMO quest. "We need to kill the giant monster in that cave, but first gather me 4 feathers and 2 twigs"

gufberg
gufberg

@Hakkology You may be interested in the Vanilla + TBC project Feenix. Google it. The servers are GREAT and everything (levelling included) is completely blizzlike. 

WereCatf
WereCatf

@Fursnake Pssh, WoW's at least got *some* pleasurable moments to it, CoD has none.

Ayato_Kamina_1
Ayato_Kamina_1

@nanosphere You forgot to mention all the cool free ingame stuff you get from

1) Preordering

2) liking it on facebook

3) buying an "e-ticket" to blizzcon (for $40)

4) getting a friend to get it

5) selling it door to door

6) using your grandma's credit card to order multiple copies

Here at blizzard... we value your mon.... i mean loyalty.

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@MapleLeafKush 

Dude, there are millions playing....why would they let it die?  There are more playing WoW than any other MMO on the market BY FAR.  So if you don't like the game move on but do everyone a favor shut up.  It's not hurting you to have WoW still running.

And it's the number one MMO for a good reason....it's got the most to offer.  So move on and let go of the hate.

schipperz
schipperz

@Ayato_Kamina_1 @Fursnake I think its time for you to get some facts straight:

WoW's innovations:

  • Dungeon finder and raid finder
  • Cross realm zones
  • Realm connecting without losing your player name
  • Flawless transition from zone to zone no loading screens

To name a few .. wow at the start did not much in the direction of innovation but through the years has set standards other MMOs have to adhere to to be succesfull.

Greyslay
Greyslay

@Ayato_Kamina_1 @Fursnake I'm not sure if your talking about the present or when it first came out Ayato_Kamina_1 but in the present I agree with you. When WoW first came out it was simply amazing and was for along time.

Ayato_Kamina_1
Ayato_Kamina_1

@Lhomity @samsungx360 I used to hook up a dance mat when I played. Raid leader would rage when I wiped them all because I didn't move out of the shit. They'd ask why, I'd say I fell over.

MapleLeafKush
MapleLeafKush

@BSC14 @MapleLeafKush Guild Wars 2 has more people playing than WoW.. FACT and WoW has been losing subscribers by 100,000 just over a few months, ill say whatever I want so suck one

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BSC14

@MapleLeafKush @BSC14 

That's right, WoW has been out 9 years and it's still number 1 regardless of how many MMOs come out with hopes of taking over the market.

And GW2 is not a pay to play so it's hard to compare but if it was it's numbers would be WAY lower.  GW2 SOLD 3.5 million since it's been out but a crap ton of people never played more than a week or two. 

And you said GW2 had more players....not true.  Not even close.....it has not even sold half as many subs as WoW has RIGHT NOW after 9 years.  How many 9 year old MMOs out there have 7.5 million subs.....oh just one I think.

Bash all you like but ignorant hate is your only problem....

So you're wrong...I understand you're agitated but it is what it is.

And by the way GW2 never would have sold as many as it did so quickly if WoW had not created such a huge number of MMO fans.  And GW2 will be DEAD in 9 years.....no chance in hell it will have WoW's success.

ecs33
ecs33

@Ayato_Kamina_1 @BSC14 @MapleLeafKush I disagree though. Even though WoW is grossly outdated, I find its environment and atmosphere better than any other modern MMO on the market which tout good graphics and art work. WoW definitely does well with its artwork, though I haven't really played since Cata.

ecs33
ecs33

@MapleLeafKush @BSC14 I bought GW2 when it initially came out and enjoyed it for a while. Then I stopped playing because there really wasn't much end game. I tried getting back into it but just lost interest.


I still think WoW is the best MMO out there but I don't play because I don't want to pay $15 a month (I last played during cata). In terms of free to play MMO's, I think Rift is the best out there, but I stopped playing that too. I'm not really playing any MMO at the moment. 

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@Ayato_Kamina_1 @BSC14 @MapleLeafKush 

Other MMOs have sold very well because of WoW....Rift, GW2, SWTOR, Warhammer and so on.  People looking for that next MMO that will be more fun than WoW....people are not afraid to move on.  They want to move on....just nothing better to move on to.

Ayato_Kamina_1
Ayato_Kamina_1

@BSC14 @MapleLeafKush Wow is pretty poor though. Most people play it because they're too afraid to move on. Like someone already mentioned, it's the CoD of MMOs. The people who play it, by the large, aren't even real gamers. I'm not going to argue with its success because it has made and still makes a lot of $$... but as with CoD, its financial success can't convince me it's a good game. 

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BSC14

@MapleLeafKush @BSC14 

You're just a typical cry baby WoW hater spouting bull crap that's not even close to true.

In Aug of this year GW2 had SOLD 3.5 million....and most of which have quit playing the game because it was/is a massive disappointment.  On top of that, had it been a pay to play the numbers would have been WAY lower.  So don't even try to compare GW2 to WoW when it comes to number of player or $$ made....GW2 is a joke at best.

So no....it's not a FACT.  And clearly it's true that you can say whatever you want because there is so much bull crap coming from you it's not even funny.

If you don't like WoW that's fine....but the hate and bashing is just stupid.