BlizzCon 2017: World of Warcraft announces Battle for Azeroth expansion

Enough of World of Warcraft’s two biggest factions palling together on adventures across time and space — war has come to this game once more. Blizzard announced World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth at BlizzCon today after months of rumors swirling about this next installment.

The seventh expansion for the game will find the Horde and Alliance at each other’s throats, with the two sides recruiting six new playable races and exploring new continents and islands. Players will be able to unlock these new races (with four coming over from Legion) through quests, explore the Alliance continent of Kul Tiras, march through the jungles of Zandalar, and upgrade a new legendary Heart of Azeroth neckpiece with new powers and traits.

The Horde and Alliance will compete over previously uncharted islands and fight in the 20-player co-op warfronts that were inspired by classic Warcraft RTS maps. Additionally, the leval cap will be raised to 120 and cross-realm social groups will connect players between worlds.

A beta test for the expansion is “coming soon,” but we’ve got that amazing cinematic trailer plus the expansion features trailer for you after the break!

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cerement

Six new races? Yes!

Oh wait, they’re just reskins of existing races … *sigh* …

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Bryan Turner

The only thing I can see happen is the expansion ending with Sylvanis sacrificing her self to become a representative for the Plane of Death and the void to A) Bring Stability and a future to the Forsaken, and B) hold the old gods and forces of Undeath at bay while keeping them in check. C) Putting a benign War Chief in place that will partner with Anduin so we can get on with the void and have some sort of permanent Cold War Alliance with occasional flare ups.

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Nick Martin

Blah. The Horde vs. Alliance thing has been played out since Wrath, and I simply don’t buy the constant warring and fighting about it. It just feels like the kind of thing where they keep having to state two characters in a movie are in love because nothing that you’re seeing would show it otherwise.

I keep wanting them to just embrace the fact that the factions don’t matter that much, either to their setting or the narrative, and figure out something unique to do with it.

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mysecretid

I hear you.

As i mentioned somewhere below, it’s not even that there can’t be conflict, but the writing around the warfare aspect needs to go beyond “Oh, look, the kids are fighting again”.

Cheers,

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Jason Lilli

Yeah, there’s never been a situation where two factions/nation’s where in the same areas and fought for a long time… Oh yeah, that literally ALWAYS happens lol.

It’s the complete history of the series. They’ve done the factions don’t matter thing and brought them together many times.

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Dread Quixadhal

It’s not that…. if the want us to really believe the Horde and Alliance are actually at WAR, they need to show that. Not a bunch of corny dialog and baby slap fights. Contested zones need to actually be dangerous for anyone to be in. There need to be actual incursions into the home territories of each side. It needs to actually feel like a war, not a bunch of rhetoric and parades of soldiers showing the colors.

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Xijit

I think it is cute that they are just now getting around to progressing past everything that happend in Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne.

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Jay Madison

So I have not been keeping up with WoW.

Was….was that ANDUIN? With Ashbringer?

And Sylvanas is running the Horde now?

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quark1020

So yea, that was Anduin. He became king after Varian died in Legion.

No, the weapon is something called Shalamayne. Probably from one of the comics. It used to belong to his father.
http://wowwiki.wikia.com/wiki/Shalamayne

And yes, that is Sylvanas running the Horde. It was passed down to her after Vol’Jin died in Legion.

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blah blazh

I find the narrative quite boring but otherwise that is a fantastic cinematic as always from Blizzard. It almost seems like they are stuck in a loop with the game on not knowing where to go with it story wise. I’m sure it will feel good to play though.

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mysecretid

A return to the Alliance versus Horde faction war? Bleah. Not for me.

I just find the whole conflict in World of Warcraft really contrived at this point because the game has already shown us in detail that the two sides are not really that different from one another.

In a game like Warhammer Online, the Chaos side had some pretty evil devotees doing some pretty evil things on the regular, but in WoW, it’s become very clear that both sides have good and evil characters in their midst. No one has a lock on Light Side versus Dark Side.

Beyond this, the majority of players don’t seem to see a big ethical or moral divide between the two sides either; they certainly don’t play their characters that way.

So, a return to war now seems, again, contrived to me.

I’m not big on “Yay team! We are Us! Let’s kill all of Them on sight because They have commited the unforgiveable crime of … ummm … errrr …. uhhhh … not being US!!! Yeah, that’s it!”

I’ll wait until I have more information on the expansion before I make a final decision, but it looks like I’m going to be leaving World of Warcraft behind just as I learned to really start loving the game, which is kind of a drag.

Cartoonist Tom Gauld’s “Our Glorious Homeland” seems somehow appropriate here …

My opinions, anyway. Yours may vary.

Cheers,

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Utakata

I wish I was more elegant and clear in putting what bothers me sometimes. My screed below was certainly brutish in approach…when it didn’t need to be. Anyrates, thanks for putting in words, which in frustration I couldn’t. :)

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mysecretid

Uta, even for a Canadian, I fear you might not give yourself enough credit. :-)

What matters is that you do post — and hey, not all of my posts turn out like I wish they would, either. This one, the words just more-or-less lined up like I hoped they would, is all.

Also, remember that I am a demi-geezer (like a demi-lich, but way nicer, I hope :-D), and I have been a “word nerd” and a writer-y type since I was less than two digits old.

Putting ideas on paper is probably my only significant skill or talent. I am much better, for example, at organizing ideas on paper or on a screen than I am at doing the same in real-life conversation.

You are Uta, and you regularly contribute good things here, both with your posts and with your presence.

I submit to you that it is possible for you to remain the archetypal admirably polite Canadian, yet still take due credit for all the things you bring. That’s not arrogance; it’s merely honesty. :-)

You need never apologize for who you are — Massively’s Princess of the Pink Gnome race — we’re glad to have you, and to read the words you bring! o7 (salute!)

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Utakata

/blushes o.O

Mono no aware? That is, have empathy towards who I am? I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately…so thanks for the heartfelt reassurance and the pigtail plug. It’s really appreciated! /bows :)

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Paragon Lost

Strongly agreed. It all just feels old and contrived at this point. Also I’m actually burned out by let’s reinvent the wheel mechanics that tend to leave the old mechanics behind versus building upon them, which is Blizzard’s MO. :/ I’m just starting to really feel that I’m done with World of Warcraft.

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mysecretid

Discovering that Blizzard effectively abandoned Warlords of Draenor‘s Garrisons only to reintroduce the same idea (in a more limited way) with Legion‘s Class-Order Halls disappointed me as well. Better to expand and improve on the established systems, rather than simply starting anew each time …

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thirtymil

Same here – but I was pretty much at burnout already so I think it would have taken a big draw (e.g. player housing, something other than raids for end game) to keep me in. So my reluctance to pay for the next xpac doesn’t really come as a surprise.

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Paragon Lost

I’d long written off player housing as a possibility. Now that I see them working on a classic server concept maybe we could see housing. lol.

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Neurotic

zomg!!!!!!!!!!

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Solaris

Did they announce when the expansion goes on sale?

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mysecretid

They did not, apparently.

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Bree Royce

Nope. Beta opt-ins are on Battlenet. That’s it.

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Utakata

From a glance it appears…

No sub races, (just new races with using rehashed models instead).
No neutral or 3rd factions.
A lot of the same old, same old PvE with nothing really new.
Progression servers to panda to the Nostalrius trol…err, I mean types.
And moar PvP than a player can shake stick a stick at. Raw, raw, raw! /s

…while this may appeal to some players, this Gnome will likely be sitting this expansion out. Though, there is still al of details to be released about this, my standing on what is being offered not impressed currently. I’ll keep my mind open…but yeah, this game may have jumped the shark a 3rd time for me. /sigh

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Utakata

And PS: Please /ignore this and the other stuff I said below. I wasn’t in the right frame of mind and pigtail when receiving this announcement. Thusly, I was having a momentary lapse of reason. With all expansions and announcements, I should take care to read the fine print when it comes available. Therefor, wait and see what it’s all about before drawing to knee jerk conclusions…that may not always be true of it. My apologies for this. :(

I now remain inconclusive about Battle for Azeroth (BfA?) until I see further details about it. /bows

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Utakata

Edit/Erratum: And moar PvP than a player can shake *a stick at…proper.