World of Warcraft Warlords of Draenor expansion confirmed

[UPDATE] Blizzard confirms next expansion for MMO; raises level cap to 100, adds new character models.

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[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, Blizzard Entertainment confirmed Warlords of Draenor as the next expansion for World of Warcraft. A FAQ on the World of Warcraft website lists out the specific additions, but the highlights follow below:

  • Explore a Savage World: Explore the hostile world of Draenor, home of the orc and draenei races, as it once existed, and adventure in all-new zones alongside characters central to Warcraft history.
  • Build Your Garrison: Construct, command, and expand your own customizable stronghold on Draenor, and gather NPC followers to collect resources and embark on missions on your orders.
  • Instantly Upgrade to Level 90: Boost one character of your choosing to be ready to adventure on Draenor, making it easier than ever to enjoy the latest content alongside your friends.
  • New Player Character Art: Character models and animations for many of World of Warcraft’s existing playable races are being fully revamped in keeping with the game’s iconically epic style.
  • Adventure to Level 100: Reach new heights of power and unlock bonuses to further enhance your abilities on your way to the new level cap of 100.
  • …And More: Take on a wide array of Dungeons, Raids, Scenarios, Battlegrounds, Challenge Modes, and more—no matter what kind of content you enjoy, new adventures await.

For a more thorough rundown, be sure to check out our feature on everything you need to know about Warlords of Draenor.

The original story is below.

It appears Warlords of Draenor is in fact the next expansion for Blizzard Entertainment's MMORPG World of Warcraft.

A Warlords of Draenor logo was spotted by MMO-Champion during Blizzard's own BlizzCon pre-show footage. No further details are available, though more information is expected later today during "World of Warcraft: What's Next" panel starting at 12:30 PDT.

A Warlords of Draenor page at Battle.net also exists, though it currently leads to a 404 error.

Blizzard trademarked Warlords of Draenor last week, leading some to believe it was the next expansion for World of Warcraft. Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick said during an earnings call this week that "significant and exciting" content for World of Warcraft is in development for 2014.

Warlords of Draenor would be the fifth expansion for World of Warcraft, following The Burning Crusade (2007), Wrath of the Lich King (2008), Cataclysm (2010), and Mists of Pandaria (2012). World of Warcraft currently has 7.6 million subscribers and is the top subscription-based MMO on the market.

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themeboy
themeboy

I gave up after Cataclysm and foolishly returned when they sent me a week's free and I made the mistake of re-subscribing for six months.  The culture now is horrendous and, doubtless, Blizzard will continue to pander to the way the game is played by the remaining players.  I really hope this culture is not going to be the same in future MMOs because when you play on line you really expose yourself to an atmosphere and the amount of abuse and veiled aggression throughout the game is horrendous, it's like a highly competitive working environment as opposed to a recreational pursuit.  I grouped in four parties last night and everyone there was intimations of stupidity and sarcastic comments about tanking too slowly.  Twice yesterday I couldn't zone to instances because they entered combat so fast and once I was the healer and they want to dps bosses down without even waiting for the healer: you can see why they designed Guild Wars 2 as they did if you play WoW.  If you try to initiate some kind of civility or care so everyone can progress as a group they say you are whining and start saying you are boring.  I joined a group last night and was making my way to the boss they were on and came across a fellow player being attacked by mobs so I taunted them so we could progress together and the other players were typing sarcastic comments about "just run"; "...", "omfg how hard is it" and the like.  If you play for two months you get so sick of it you just want to give up playing.  The progressive decline of the culture is something Blizzard seem to accommodate.  I noticed with tanking, despite the talk in cata of making it harder, they have to make it essentially automatic because players are no longer able to play in a coordinated fashion: dps just do their own thing.  Hunters appear able to solo elites in instances now.  I was tanking stonecore (cata dungeon) and was watching this mage thinking "why is that mage not helping bring down this pack", and proceeded to watch the mage sheep a mob in a pack of two and then dps down the other one, then kill the sheeped one.  And this is how the game has gone.  DPS will pull for you if you try to create some kind of orderliness in the chaos.  It's like playing with a bunch of egotists and the abuse is just part of the game.  I entered one instance last night and said "everyone ready?" just to check people weren't changing specs, regenerating mana, etc, and then got some snide comment from a dps.  Half the comments you are unsure what the reference is, but it's about as far from what you try to play mmos to encounter so I wonder whether the game will go into terminal decline or whether this is why people really play such games.

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lightestdark
lightestdark

Ok I have already figured they are gonna use the caverns of time for this expansion not a bad idea. But the game has lost most of the allure that it once had for me. I started in late BC only a few months before Wotlk came out I enjoyed the way the talents trees were done and even though the talents trees changed over the years and the leveling got easier ( which in my opinion sucks) and overall it really doesn't require you to have a brain in your head to play anymore I've stayed true to wow even when aion came out tera, rift, SWTOR, I played both WOW and the other games. But let's face it folks blizzard in a way is making the game too easy for the newer generation of WOW gamers. Though most of blizzards revamps were in most peoples opion good a few made me angry and upset that they changed my favorite content when I was just starting WOW. Take for example the new scarlet monastery. It is sad and pathethic. I still remember back when it was four dungeons instead of the two lame ones it is now. Scarlet Monastery Graveyard, Scarlet Monastery Library , Scarlet Monastery Armory, and the last one and for the life of me I can't remember. Thats why I have a complete blizz like private server for wotlk so I can go back and enjoy the game I love. Even though alot is changed I will stool buy the next expansion and I airways plan to buy the next one after that no matter how bad it gets I'll still play because it's a game I love

qanzard
qanzard

SHUT THE FUCK UP HATERS!

IF YOU HATE THE GAME THEN DONT WATCH! 

GET A LIFE! PEACE OUT!!

Albaficas
Albaficas

another boring expansion for this 1 pixel game

dam so many BETTER mmo's out there ppl still playing this thing


well at least from 12 mil they went down to 7-6.5mil thats a good sign i guess

Dorian Andrijic
Dorian Andrijic

im not crying or anything also im not saying you shouldn't buy the game.i say that there are more and more loss of subscriber cuz ppl are having other worries in their life and not just going every day in 5 hours raid just to get loot.before it was everything for fun now its only cuz of gear.and yes classic wow+all expansions cost arround $400-$500.i was playing this game and after cata it is getting worse and worse.that same will say to you some youtubers who are playing wow from classic.

Marikhen
Marikhen

While this looks interesting I don't think I'll be wanting to play unless character development also goes back in time to something around the BC/Wrath era.  Many of Blizzard's changes to the game from 4.0.1 and on have rather killed the game for me, and it's rather disappointing that what looks like it could be an awesome expansion to the game is something that I know I won't enjoy playing.

soaring1phoenix
soaring1phoenix

I have loved this game for many years, but Mists has left me feeling very empty. I do not believe that this expansion will bring me back, and I don't believe it will draw my friends back either. I have never gone almost an entire expansion unsubbed until MoP. I do wish them luck on this expansion, and while there are some halfway decent features being added, I see many more negatives (entirely my own opinion.)

I do look forward to new games that Blizzard will pursue in the future, but I don't believe WoD is for me.

Legia Bros
Legia Bros

WTF are u talkin? 500$ for what? First look prices then come again and write somthing. Game is becoming worse and worse for you maybe cuz obviously u are some noob ingame who cant achive nothing or just u dont have money to pay it and coming to cry here

osprey93
osprey93

@galestan @johnwck90 completely agree with you both galestan you should try and get that idea out to blizz because i reckon a high percentage of players/explayers would agree with what you're saying. you have my vote! 

Havent played wow since cata due to personal reasons involving pandas but this expansion looks great and hopefully its built so we can go back in time and kill all the pandas making the last expansion never happen! hah just kidding but seriously pandas... what the...

looking forward to giving it one last chance.

BLaverock
BLaverock

And once again, I'll be returning to Azeroth... why do I even leave?

El Kamilo
El Kamilo

so is your sense of wonder and adventure. Its not the game, its you.

Xplode_77
Xplode_77

What happened to the cinematic team? This would have been a sweet trailer for them to work on in CG.

frankrc85
frankrc85

WoW is the best mmo.  I tried some others like GW1, GW2, FF realm reborn and some others free, I did not like them.

zura_janai
zura_janai

i tried almost all the good mmo-rpgs in the market: gw2, tera, rift, path of exile, aion, vindictus, c9, etc... 

during cataclysm and mists of pandaria WoW was about to become second to one of these games but now with the new features and the new leveling system in this expansion WoW will be far better than any other mmo-rpg for at least 2 or 3 years

downnice95
downnice95

Have not played WoW since maybe 2011 but this looks pretty tight and might check this out =)



StarsiderSajun
StarsiderSajun

I laughed a bit when I saw "boost one character to 90".

galestan
galestan

I couldn't agree more, @JohnWCK90.  Seems that these days, people pay their monthly fee just so they have some kind of venue to humiliate, embarrass, demean, and treat strangers like absolute garbage.  It's deplorable how some people treat total strangers who just want to pass some free time enjoying a video game.  When the last raid in the 5.4 patch came out (SoO), I remember I made the mistake of trying to tank the very first boss in LFR not even an hour after servers went online.  Needless to say we wiped because most didn't know the fight.  That had no relevance on how some acted towards the tanks.  Saying everything from "You suck", "Don't que as tank if you don't know fights", "Delete your account".  There is no comradery anymore.  And if you're not getting beaten down for minor mistakes made while learning new content, you're subject to the constant berating you receive in chat channels.  We live in an online world now, expressing our feelings and thoughts with short lingoes such as LOL, TTYL, LFG, LFM and such, but if you type something in a global channel like 'Your", instead or "You're" (when the sentence refers to the "you are" version) you never hear the end of it.  It's got so bad now that if I wasn't lucky enough to find a good guild to belong to, I would have quit by now, because I have had all global channels blocked on all my toons for a long time now, and I always block the instance channel when I do que up for LFR.  I couldn't see myself wanting to keep playing if I didn't have anyone to socialize with.

If I could make just one suggestion to Blizzard, I would ask that they look into making new realms that you can be voted off of. Realms where if, someone is just treating people like garbage and making game play unenjoyable, other player have the option to vote their favorability down, and when that has sunk down to a certain point or percent, they are removed from that realm and can no longer participate there on any toon thats on that account.  And to get in these "nice player" realms (I guess is what i'll call it for now), you would have to recieve a certain amount of votes or endorssments from players you meet, know, or just randomly help out, in your normal server.  I'm sure some baddies could easily have their other baddie friends find enough votes to get in these "nice player" realms just to ruins someone's day, but that's where being able to vote them down so they can be removed comes into play. 

I'm sure there are many ways my thought could be picked apart and scrutinized, but I honestly was just thinking off the top of my head and now that im re-reading what I said I do think this might be a very viable way to experiment with the circumvention of those who seem to only experience joy in this game when they are going out of their way to make your time logged on as miserable as possible and then spamming global channel with childish comments like "UMADBRO" or "QQ some more" or "Gonna cry".  

Let me know what you all think or what you would suggest for any possible solutions to the problem that's becoming all too common place in this game that should be more enjoyable and less hostile.

abarteau
abarteau

I don't see the is game ever ending..they just have to update it every so often with new content and better graphics. 

johnwck90
johnwck90

I gave up after Cataclysm and foolishly returned when they sent me a week's free and I made the mistake of re-subscribing for six months.  The culture now is horrendous and, doubtless, Blizzard will continue to pander to the way the game is played by the remaining players.  I really hope this culture is not going to be the same in future MMOs because when you play on line you really expose yourself to an atmosphere and the amount of abuse and veiled aggression throughout the game is horrendous, it's like a highly competitive working environment as opposed to a recreational pursuit.  I grouped in four parties last night and everyone there was intimations of stupidity and sarcastic comments about tanking too slowly.  Twice yesterday I couldn't zone to instances because they entered combat so fast and once I was the healer and they want to dps bosses down without even waiting for the healer: you can see why they designed Guild Wars 2 as they did if you play WoW.  If you try to initiate some kind of civility or care so everyone can progress as a group they say you are whining and start saying you are boring.  I joined a group last night and was making my way to the boss they were on and came across a fellow player being attacked by mobs so I taunted them so we could progress together and the other players were typing sarcastic comments about "just run"; "...", "omfg how hard is it" and the like.  If you play for two months you get so sick of it you just want to give up playing.  The progressive decline of the culture is something Blizzard seem to accommodate.  I noticed with tanking, despite the talk in cata of making it harder, they have to make it essentially automatic because players are no longer able to play in a coordinated fashion: dps just do their own thing.  Hunters appear able to solo elites in instances now.  I was tanking stonecore (cata dungeon) and was watching this mage thinking "why is that mage not helping bring down this pack", and proceeded to watch the mage sheep a mob in a pack of two and then dps down the other one, then kill the sheeped one.  And this is how the game has gone.  DPS will pull for you if you try to create some kind of orderliness in the chaos.  It's like playing with a bunch of egotists and the abuse is just part of the game.  I entered one instance last night and said "everyone ready?" just to check people weren't changing specs, regenerating mana, etc, and then got some snide comment from a dps.  Half the comments you are unsure what the reference is, but it's about as far from what you try to play mmos to encounter so I wonder whether the game will go into terminal decline or whether this is why people really play such games.

timthegem
timthegem

I wonder what the "new character models" will be like. Maybe the character creation feature will be upgraded to the 1990's.

RevengeNegative
RevengeNegative

I was actually considering to give it a try ..but I totally lost it at "Instantly Upgrade to Level 90". What have you done Blizzard? Why would you want to do this?

Sam Ndokosho
Sam Ndokosho

I'll care when they actually release a new game

Sevoreth
Sevoreth

Please, Blizzard. Stop this.

Michael Csikos
Michael Csikos

Go f2p already blizzard you make too much on cod, cheapo's

Geogyf
Geogyf

They did some good things, but honestly they could also lower the subscription fee.

PacoTaco
PacoTaco

God, I hope they remove Pandas completely.  Maybe a Panda-virus that wipes WOW clean of those ridiculous characters.

Dorian Andrijic
Dorian Andrijic

why should somebody spend $500 for outdated game on all expansions+ monthly fee? 1st the game is overpriced,it is becoming worse and worse,people before played it for fun but now it is all about loot and gear and 2nd those who have other things to care of like life,family,and job wont sit at the computer 8 hrs a day.that is time needed to advance in that game.if you are playing it lees than 4 hrs a day then you are throwing your money for nothing

James Taylor
James Taylor

does that mean the half life three is also confirmed?

Cowbie
Cowbie

Why millions of people play games like Candy Crush or World of Warcraft is beyond me; just like millions of people who enjoy McDonalds. Meh.

starbuckface
starbuckface

@Xplode_77 No, no. When WotLK was announced, they used a cheap trailer just like this. The real cinematic trailer was released later, and was AWESOME. I assume the same will happen here.

Kraken422
Kraken422

@galestan I know this is a ridiculously late reply but I'll reply anyway.


I'm in complete agreement with you when it comes to the atrocious state of the WoW community. Not only did they make me hate tanking but they caused me so much anxiety that at times they made me physically ill. A fix that I could see to this is an additional classification for servers. This classification would be serious/casual with serious servers be aimed at people who want to progress at all costs while casual servers are aimed at those who just want to have fun first and don't mind if things don't always work out. 


I feel the people who berate others for small mistakes or for simply taking too long would jump at the chance to play on "Serious, progression based servers" as it would appeal to their egos while more friendly players would go to the casual servers. Admittedly you might get a slight skill gap between the different servers as bad players would be attracted to casual servers but I it would be worth it for the lack of abuse. Plus bad players get good if you just give them a chance.


I understand an entire server overhaul could be a bit much for Blizzard but at very least they could try to add a check box to LFG. The only issue I could see with that is people choosing the box that will give them the smallest wait time. I guess the ironic thing is it's often the long wait which makes them so unkind and impatient but they wouldn't have to wait so long if they didn't scare off all the tanks and healers by being arseholes to them. 

StarsiderSajun
StarsiderSajun

That's the main reason I never stay on wow longer than a few weeks. I love the game, even in it's current state, but the community is atrocious and it really brings the game down. Wow would be deserving of the title "best mmo" (and I say that generously because I feel that SWG is still far superior), if it just weren't for the people on the game. =(

Darion350
Darion350

@johnwck90 This is one of the reasons I enjoy being the tank.  I get to set the pace of the run depending on the group makeup.  If someone gets impatient and pulls before I'm ready, they get to tank it.  Always fun to watch a mage tank his own pull.  :P

PacoTaco
PacoTaco

@johnwck90 The key is finding a good guild.  Then you can ignore the PuG idiots.  Admittedly, the majority of people who PUG are alright, but the minority consists of some of the worst online scum imaginable.

timthegem
timthegem

@johnwck90 It was like that when I started playing four years ago, before Cata. I never learned how to play dungeons well because everyone expected me to come in being an expert at the game and a mind reader.

Darion350
Darion350

@RevengeNegative Yeah, it isn't as bad as you think.  Most of us already have all the 90's we really want to take to 100, so this gives us a chance to get one more class up to 90 without having to wade through all the previous content that we've undoubtedly been through countless times before.

PacoTaco
PacoTaco

@RevengeNegative  

Quit griping.  Why should anyone have to play Cata and Pandaria?  Just going through those zones once would turn off a newcomer (or old-time returning player).  And it's just one character.  You'll survive.

Darion350
Darion350

@Geogyf Why would they?  The trend is to increase it as time goes by to keep up with inflation.  Unless they open some sort of store to use real money to buy in-world items, they'd have no reason to reduce the price of the monthly subscription. If anything, it'll just get more expensive from here (this applies to all MMORPG's with a monthly subscription).

Darion350
Darion350

@Dorian Andrijic Who's paying $500 for WoW and all the expansions?  At most it'll be around $60 since they bundle all the previous expansions into a cheap package.  

-Jonce-
-Jonce-

@Cowbie My mum, who is the wrong side of 50, plays Candy Crush. Problem?

timthegem
timthegem

@Cowbie Funny comment when you show a pic of Mario, the biggest bend-over-and-spread-'em icon in gaming history.