Rumor: World of Warcraft’s next expansion leaked

Warning: If you hate potential spoilers about World of Warcraft, you may want to skip the rest of this article!

Photos and descriptions of the alleged expansion, which is called Veil of Shadows, were posted on Imgur and seem to confirm some of the speculation as to where the MMORPG might be heading.

According to the description, Veil of Shadows will be a sea-faring expansion: “A mysterious darkness perverts the land, affecting the emotions of its inhabitants. Take charge in the many adventures across familiar and new lands to discover the root of evil, manifest your power to your full potential with Titan artifacts, and set to the seas on mighty warships against your enemies. The Dragon Isles, Kul’tiras, and Nazjatar await!”

In addition to warships, the expansion is rumored to contain a “Codex of Creation” progression system, flails, pistols, spellbound weapons, additional class/race combinations (such as a Night Elf Paladin), a level cap increase to 120, and even more quests and leveling options for the core game.

So is this the real deal to be officially revealed soon or is it a list of someone’s wishes and best guesses? As always, time will tell!

Source: Imgur via MMORPG.com
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voydd

Kul’Tiras was my WoW server back in a day…

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April-Rain

That was the first siver I played on

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Doubleplusgood

If they really do make a sea and ship based expansion next, then the only thing that will get me to sub again after being wow free for over a year now is….

playable Murloc Pirates!!!!
Mglrmglmglmgl!!

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MeltWithYou

Could be there may be a small smidgen of truth here. Theres already datamined stuff pulled out of builds suggesting Kul’tiras as a future destination of some sort. There was a map datamined or gear that had a map or something had a something that pointed to a something

…as for the rest of the stuff…idk **shrugs**

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zeko_rena

By the light of Elune!

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Aldristavan

[Please delete, mods!]

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Aldristavan

Immediate proof this is fake: specific release date in picture.

As is found in the Good Book, Matthew 24:36, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but Blizzard only.”

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Carebear

Its not that far from what may actual happen…

-The new skill system sounds like Artifact system, but without tied to a weapon… Artifact was just skill enhancing anyway, so they take this to next expansion? Not impossible. I expect the same grind on this like artifact power, with time gating etc.

-World Scale: This also is to be expected. People liked the scaling in legion and the freedom of leveling it provided. So take this to the whole world is just a logical progress. While this will be very good, I doubt it will solve the leveling problem in wow, which is boring and worthless. Except if… (see next)

-Reworked Azeroth: If that means better quests, less linear, stronger enemies, elite zones.. I am sold.

-Our own ship… : If I didnt knew Blizzard, I would be excited for this.. but I expect this to be the next garrison / class hall instead of a ship that you can navigate to explore the seas…

tl;dr I can believe this and even if it is fake i still believe is not far from the real expansion that Blizzard will announce someday. Will it take wow to a next level? I dont think so.

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Cinaminson

The supposed “leak” talks about Vol’jin. Who’s dead. Yeah, that confirms it untrue.

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Jesse Schulkers

I can see a very pissed off Voljin. Afterall, it was hinted at that the ‘loa’ he heard tell him to make sylvannas warchief was of the legion. This wouldnt surprise me given the wound that killed him had poisoned him with the fel

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Bryan Correll

You say that like Blizzard would never contradict established lore.

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Cinaminson

Ha! Good point.

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agemyth 😩

Or like there have never been ghosts or time travel or whatever it takes to justify using familiar characters.

As of the supposed release of this expansion we will be coming right off of cleaning up alternate timeline Gul’dan’s mess.

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Leviathonlx

How to make your fake leak look more legit. Make a picture and take a grainy pic of it.

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Greaterdivinity

Normally I’d say, “This is way too fanservice heavy and with too many systems that will be abandoned after a single expansion to be believable.”, but after Legion I don’t think that applies anymore.

Why do they finally have to add NE paladins (if this is indeed legit) long after I quit and have zero interest in financially supporting Blizzards shenanigans.

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agemyth 😩

My least favorite race can finally be the class I can’t help but love to hate. (these new race+class combos don’t actually bother me)

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Tim Johnson

The current expansion added class halls which came w/ class specific storylines. The Priest and Paladin story lines are linked and part of it is a NE priest takes the plunge to becoming a paladin. It’s similar to the method they used to step into Tauren paladins, all it takes is one and then they can form an order w/ similar converts. Because of that, there is a lot more NE pally buzz out in the world.

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John Mynard

I just hope they decide to make damage types race specific, because, even if the power work exactly the same way, an NElf pally will do arcane damage since they would get their mojo from Elune and not the Holy Light of Creation. Of course, this would also warrant changing NElf priests the same way.

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Tim Johnson

The light, is the light, no matter what you call it, be it Drawn from a space wind chime, a loa, some loosely held religious belief or from the moon. They are at some level tapping into the light as an energy source for their powers. NE priests (and potential pallys) wouldn’t turn into an arcane based classes.

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Dug From The Earth

accessibility most likely. Fewer restrictions on player customization.

They hopefully will at least make them some unique Elune light worshiping Knights. Even if its just a superficial touch.

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Tim Johnson

They already exist, a Priestess of Elune became a paladin in current expansion. A bunch of priests were captured and killed, and she decided she needed to take a more direct path and asked the Silver hand to teach her to wield the light like a paladin.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Its just the Light with alternate interpretations. I do this sort of thing in DND with friends with my own Paladin who is a Half-Elf who has more care for a broader source of goodness that’s tied with nature. Sure a ‘Night Elf Paladin’ may be at some odds with Druidic culture – so what?

(to be clear, I agree Dug)

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Rottenrotny

I’m holding my breath until they give us Undead Paladins. Yup.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Other than the Magni bit and the seafaring theme, I’m more interested than ever. Scaling..

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Dug From The Earth

When Legion hit, my #1 wish was that they had scaled the entire game. Im really hoping this is something thats more than just a rumor.

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Malcolm Swoboda

My dream WoW at this point with what they have, is that I can do Vanilla(+?, til last expansion?) without a subscription fee and with scaling and alternate advancement enough to make everything feel relevant and even a little rewarding, before I feel comfortable and skilled enough to join the crowd at the top, where I’d be happy to subscribe etc.

(Also ‘timelock’ BC and WOTLK zones through some portal story stuff, and reiterate all old content, especially the intro, to move past the Cataclysm focus – like the announcer guy when making a new character)

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Dug From The Earth

At first I was worried because there was no mention of touching the 60-70 BC zones, which have always been a “ugh” point in the leveling process these days. But if the original zones, and Northrend, level scale, you wont even need to go to BC!

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Malcolm Swoboda

But I *want* to. I opt for quests (aside from occasional minor streamlining) to stay in, as that’s story that existed. I want to do BC and WOTLK quests, and I want the regional achievements, and so on. But I don’t like the narrative (and really, design) dissonance when/if I go there.

I know your point though. The biggest problem is people feeling they must enter this area that isn’t seen as relevant, and this rumored expansion would address even that. I just prefer it also has a bit of story put in there of ‘these events already happened but because X, we want you to help things there if you have the time to travel through time’.

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Croquantes

Most of the Burning Crusade quests are godawful though. Lots of “Kill 10 of these” “Bring me 10 of those” and then on top of that, BC doesn’t have cohesive zone storylines.

I think they’re the best thing to come out of Mists of Pandaria, and while some zones don’t have the best storyline, at least it feels like you’re doing all the quests in the zone for a reason and not just completing them for an achievement.

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Rottenrotny

Scaling is fine.
FORCED scaling is garbage

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Dug From The Earth

Im interested for sure, but a couple things make me doubt some of this info.

For instance.. Jaina Proudmoore asking the Horde for help.

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Updated Azeroth, including dungeons and raids?

Mind you, as much as I would like that to be real (though the story sounds like complete garbage after the Legion)… this is Blizzard we’re talking about.
Updating old stuff, making it relevant? Riiiiight…

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Oleg Chebeneev

Whats wrong with Blizzard’s updating of old stuff? They were always on point at that

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Keir

Since when were they “on point” with updating old content? After vanilla released they never updated the original game’s content (dungeons/raids/quests) until Cataclysm. And TBC has never been updated. Not a bad thing imo but it would be silly to say Blizzard is good at updating old content.

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Oleg Chebeneev

In fact they did update old content both in TBC and WoTLK. Nothing big, but some changes to quests, quest objectives, NPCs. Ofc then there was Cata – major old world revamp. And they improved some stuff in post Cata expansions, like critter models among other things.
Pretty much all changes were good ones.

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Malcolm Swoboda

They do that. They just do it normally in trickles, like we should be grateful for even that.

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April-Rain

wow i am cured, the addiction is gone and I am free!

Not one twinge of excitement has gone through any nerve!

I have zero interest in wow’s next expansion for the first time since BC.

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Roger Melly

It has been like that since MOP for me .

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Tim Johnson

Speaking from experience, Pre-announcement leaks are easy to say that about, especially ones that feel a bit too dubious atm. The real test is when Blizzcon hits and the initial feature list is announced and the shiny new trailer hits.. blizzard has always done a good job on their trailers that even when i wasn’t excited for what they were putting out, i wanted to see the trailer, and then it leads to a slippery slope where your back in and going through another honeymoon phase w/ the game.

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April-Rain

very true, I bought the legion collectors edition straight after watching blizzcon, dam i was so hyped up

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Geoffrey Smith

DO we go to the Upside Down too?!

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Hahaha. So typically Blizzard to stoke the engines of the hype train before there’s even anything to be excited about.

Going to wait until after reviews and forum postings come out explaining just how much progression is gated behind group content, just how alt friendly all that pirating is. Legion marked a very clear direction for WoW: You will group and you will raid to progress in the normal course of the game.

Unless they make character progression available to solo players, there’s a flashing CLOSED sign on the hype-train station door.

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Grim🎃 Darhk

Legion is the most solo rewarding mmo out there…I barely group with anyone and have 900+ ilvl on most of my alts. What drugs are you on to think you can’t progress as a solo player.

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adadfor3

IDC. I’ll be skipping this expansion as well. Until they finally (if ever) produce Classic, they can forget my munnies.

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taradyne

After reading the text, it doesn’t sound legit. Too many grammatical errors when Blizz is usually pretty impeccable on stuff like that.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Lmao. Its not official announcement. It is supposed to be a leak from some insider or someone who doesnt even work for Blizzard. Folks on MMO-Champion actually very sceptical about this leak calling it fake, but they say messy editing and grammar of the text actually speaks in favor of this leak.
If leak is perfectly written, its most likely is just something that company’s marketing devision produced and leaked on purpose.

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ceder

Nope… still not interested.

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Joshua Dickerson

It could be true, but honestly this is stuff that was heavily speculated by the community and definitely on the Blizzardwatch Podcast.

While I am hopeful this could be the expansion, this is all common speculation in the WoW community already. Mainly because everyone wants Jaina to return and she definitely stormed off in the beginning of this expansion. She hasn’t returned. We’ve had a lot of “Void” hints in this expansion. And Wrathion has been missing for a long time so the Dragon Isles is a potential for that story line.

But the WoW community has gotten pretty good a predicting Blizzard’s story progression.

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Serrenity

I feel like I need to check my temperature because I’ve got the urge to re-sub to WoW. I love the new classes in FFXIV & the story, but the grind is killing me, along with the 11 billion hours of cut scenes.

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Utakata

After dealing a heavy blow to the Armageddon inducing Legion, the next great threat to Azeroth is the Southsea Pirates! Yaaaaargh me laddies… o.O

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Malcolm Swoboda

The next great threat is the Void Lords, who created the last major Old God in the story (barring wibbly wobbly returns of any). In the description, I don’t see much ‘pirates’ – at least in terms of mundane ones – here, but naga, dragons, more empowered older enemies, etc. General idea is that we’re facing the greatest remaining powers of Azaroth and a touch of the greatest powers of the cosmos here. Sure not Legion Armageddon, but more like the creeping awareness that Cthulhu might instantly smash us.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Well, it doesnt have to be “always bigger threat then previous expansion” routine

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Utakata

It doesn’t have to be anti-climactic either. :)

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Malcolm Swoboda

Lore-wise, its still a bigger threat, at least in terms of what its all about (void).

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Sally Bowls

FYI: Google says Gamescom is 23rd-26th so hopefully we know in two weeks.

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Eliandal

I wish, but I doubt it :/ I think (even though it’s ‘late”) that they’ll be waiting till Blizzcon

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Loopy

I always enjoyed a seafaring theme, so this could be interesting. Green got old super fast..

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Space Captain Zor

Spellbound? So, like, ability-limiting depending on weapon type?

Titan Artifacts? /snore

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Daniel Reasor

As fan fiction goes, this version of the “leaked expansion” campfire story is at least a creative one, but I cringed at the thought of Magni being corrupted, and I laughed out loud at the thought of the developers remembering that Jintha’alor exists.

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Jack Pipsam

All I need is pirates!

The last WoW expansion I really liked was Mists of Pandaria because it mostly was about adventure and seeing new things, i’d love to have that sort of thing funneled into the spirit of the seas.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Ive been waiting for pirates themed expansion with naval battles for a long time, I hope rumors are true.
Also description didnt mention this: Level 1-110 Scaling: New Quests, Dungeons, and Raids in updated old Azeroth. Level scaling will be pretty huge and will let people to skip zones they dont like or even whole expansions (no more boredom walk through Outland).

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taradyne

Being able to skip a whole expansion is very appealing.

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Rick Mills

Level 1-110 Scaling: New Quests, Dungeons, and Raids in updated old Azeroth.

This alone would convince me to buy an expansion :)

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Malcolm Swoboda

Not alone, for me, but making Lv 1-110 F2P/B2P (but still keep Lv 110-120 Buy + Sub + Shop), would get me finally caring and into the game.

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RJB

Old news months old news

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Utakata

Even though the rumor has been around for sometime (MMO Champs was the first to report this a month or so back?), the sources for this article both released the news of this yesterday. Perhaps it’s a much more tangible update to this rumor other sites are picking up on. /shrug

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Any links?

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Sally Bowls

This is much more detailed than what I had read about previously.

But armor sets, named like the expansion starter gear, with tentacles and a map surfaced a month or two ago and kickstarted speculation.

http://www.wowhead.com/news=267175/patch-7-3-ptr-24500-future-zone-speculation-and-quest-armor-set

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Minimalistway

I read this before, saw a video about it, still curious what RJB mean by old news.

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William Sobek

Sorry, not buying it yet. It all sounds good, and there’s certainly a high demand for sea-faring in WoW (I know dozen or so folks who’ve been away since MoP that would resub if we got our own ships) I’m not going to get my hopes up or put stock in rumors until I see it with my eyes.

Before Legion was announced, there were heavy rumors of a similar, sea-faring expansion with us finally killing Lady Vashj and confronting N’Zoth. It will be interesting to see how these pan out, but I’ll be waiting before getting my hopes up.

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Minimalistway

Before Legion, i remember “leaks” and rumors about the next expansion, none of them was right, so here we go again, “leaks” that may or may not be true, building “hype” which some people will blame Blizzard for it even when Blizzard didn’t say a word for about the next patch after 7.3.

Good ideas in this “leak”, many of them are things people wanted for many years, so let’s see, Gamescom is not far.

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Tim Johnson

I’m reminded of the lead up to WoD when people were 100% sold on a similar type of leak for “The Dark Below”. This leak is in a similar vein. It’s taking fan fave talking points and mixing in concepts that resonate w/ various unfinished plot threads, and tossing in some out there things to round it out. I doubt this will pan out.

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Vlad Petrescu

Prepare … for ……..MORE……… GRINDING !!! DUM DUM DUUUUUUMMMMMM !

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Duane Does not check email

Will there be elves and orcs and knights and magic?

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