World of Warcraft’s Argus will transport you around the galaxy

    
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HERE WE GO AGAIN

The flood of information concerning World of Warcraft’s Patch 7.3 and Argus continues to wash over the community as testing proceeds, starting with a new Ion Hazzikostas interview that revealed many interesting facts about the MMO’s future direction.

As a decimated “husk” of a world, Argus was better suited to the end of the Legion than its own expansion, Hazzikostas explained. He did note that players won’t just be going around a dead landscape, as invasion points will offer adventurers the opportunity to leap around the galaxy to other planets to help counter Legion incursions (and yes, some of these places already have been datamined).

“It is our most ambitious expansion in a lot of ways,” Hazzikostas said. “We’re taking you to a whole new world and trying to tell a story on a grander scale than we have in the past.”

Regarding Argus itself, the planet will ultimately offer three zones to players: Argus, Mac’Aree, and Stygian Wake. Only the first of these will come with the initial release of Patch 7.3. We’ve got the interview video and looks at invasion points and all of the new zones after the jump!

Source: Icy Veins
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Oleg Chebeneev

Argus looks like Hellfire Peninsula – my most hated zone in game

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Nascent Visions

Regardless of anything else, I think folks saying this looks like a prelude to sunset should stop thinking as gamers as start thinking as business people. WoW is, by all accounts, a cash cow. At its lowest point in the last five years it was still boasting 5 million plus subs which works out to be about 75 million dollars a month / 900 million dollars a year minus those folks who subscribe for longer periods of time and get reduced rates. Add in all the other stuff from cosmetic changes, character services, vanity mounts, and now the WoW token and you’re looking at what should be a license to print money.

Why, on earth, would you turn that off? Blizzard could very easily cut their team by a third, scale by the scope of expansions, and engage in a whole host of other cost cutting measures and still get 5 plus years out of the IP alone because, as someone else down in the comments noted, 5 million people will pay to play it because it’s WoW. Right now, time walking is an novelty thing that happens as an event, but you could buy yourself a year of development time just by saying “Hey guys, next expansion at some point, in the mean time we’ve scaled the entire game to 110 for max level players, go do whatever you like.”

I have been very wrong about a couple of MMOs before (I never thought TSW would end up like is has) but until WoW stops making butt loads of money, Blizzard has virtually no reason to put it on life support. Consider this : in about five years Star Citizen has raised about 150 million dollars, depending on who you believe. WoW will make that in two months even if it’s atrophied back down to 5 million subs. It’s not going anywhere.

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Malcolm Swoboda

“Hey guys, next expansion at some point, in the mean time we’ve scaled the entire game to 110 for max level players, go do whatever you like.”

Exactly. They take a lot of changes slow, because they can (and because they’re a bigger organization that may be less agile, but still).

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Sorenthaz

With the threat of the Burning Legion gone we’ve got a few options left. There are still regions in Azeroth that could get expansions (still hoping they’ll eventually do a South Seas expansion with guild/player ships and stuff, essentially taking the garrison/order hall system but instead applying it to crew members for your ship…) and there are other planets out there that could be explored as well. Also Azeroth is still a Titan in the process of being born, so… that’s a thing to deal with sooner or later.

On top of that the Void Lords are the true big bads of the Warcraft universe. Sargeras has been doing his crazy-spree because he refuses to let the Void Lords corrupt future Titans like they already did to one (which is when he essentially fell to the dark side). So we’ll have to deal with the Void Lords as well soon enough.

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Eric B

Personally i don’t think there will be a wow2 or anything like it. If you go from time to time in there forums ( general section ) the only thing you see is people complaining all the time. They complain about flight, etc. that it takes too long to level up but also at the same time that there is nothing to do.

They skip everything in the game and again complain and complain and complain. The thing is that they only play end game content, there is just so much you can put at end game. The word says it ” END GAME “.

You think devs wants to make another mmorpg just to listened to cry baby’s ? Players will again complain about everything. And to top it off why would they make another mmorpg they already broke all the records with this one and it is still one of the major mmorpg out there ( player base wise ).

It would be dumb of them to try to even do another one. I would love it if they did but i really don’t think they want to go true the same thing again that they are going true with there current player base.

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Viktor Budusov

Protoss and zergs confirmed

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agemyth 😩

While going to the Legion homeworld and the origin of the Eredar sounds super great, as expected it is a world of FEL FEL FEL black and green. It makes total sense just like LOTRO’s Mordor zones are rocks and lava (and blood). If we don’t deliver a decisive blow to the Legion to at least put them to sleep again for like 3-4 expansions, I will be annoyed as hell.

At the very least, the next expansion needs to be a breath of fresh air like Pandaria was after closing the Lich King arc and the defeating the world destroying Deathwing. Lower the stakes again. Not conflict needs to have the fate of the world as we know it at risk.

An expansion that brings some sensible order or context to the on-again-off-again Horde/Alliance feud would be interesting. With Metzen out of the picture I think they could find someone who could write some great political intrigue stuff. Not sure what the big bad conflict you put on the front of the box would be though.

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Utakata

I can’t help but think when seeing all that, that these where 3 large zones that may have been part of expansion that Blizz is no longer interested in pursuing. Slap together with 6 zones that didn’t make previous expansion cuts. Perhaps the latter where even designated as BG instances at one point.

Either way, they all seem afterthoughts IMO. And knowing the slow process of how Blizz develops stuff for WoW, I can’t see them creating entire worlds for a mere patch release on a whim. Something seems a little off and hacked together here.

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Well, that would have had to been cut as an expansion idea a long time ago, imo. This expansion is titled Legion. We are going to their homeworld to kick Sargeras’ ass so far out into the Great Dark Beyond that it would be borderline impossible to see his ugly face again. I hope…

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Danny Smith

This is really feeling a lot like the ‘set up for the sunset period of a games lifespan’ stuff. Not screaming ‘thats it wows dead in 6 months!’ but we have a planet stuck mid cataclysm and mid legion invasion with a burned out husk of a planet in the sky. Thats kind of as ruined as an mmo worlds gotten that i can remember and this solo, repeatable randomised content feels very similar to FFXI’s “there are still updates coming but this is your lasting state of content forever now” in a way.

I know they are trying to pull a ‘void lord’ new villain power tier out of their arse but that feels a lot like the Ori in Stargate. The big bads the heros fought for years were finally beaten and nobody cared about the new power tier they never heard of before. I can’t help but wonder if these systems are testing the waters for a little insurance in case the “we exhausted the rts lore now where do we go” stuff doesnt gel with the existing things people loved in whatever comes after Legion.

Still always Azshara and Nzoth left i guess. But that ain’t much in the long game.

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ailyara

Just wait until we jump to a new planet and encounter the Zerg. The nexus was just a precursor to the merging of universes.

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Danny Smith

I dunno man, a weird fleshy plague enemy would be neat but without metzen around to push his corruption fetish does it have the groundswell anymore? :p

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Bryan Turner

They can make up what ever they want, I gaurentee you a million plus people will buy into it because it’s WoW.

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Bhima Jenkins

Probably still at least 5 million plus people.

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wandris

Facing the driving force behind the legion and sargeras’ crusade to cleanse the universe of life seems like a logical place to go, especially when there will be nothing to stop those forces from asserting themselves with the dark titan’s defeat.

I am looking forward to this end, it’s been 20 years of the legion dominating the story. Now I am almost certain we are heading towards gnomish interdimensional spacecraft and heading off into the void.

Even if they are planning on ending WoW I can’t imagine them doing it without there being a WoW2 to take its place. IF they did that it would probably not be a bad thing. Modern next-gen wow? Hard to imagine, but no doubt it will come some day.

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As far as plot lines I thought I cared about, I didn’t know what they could do after we “killed” Illidan and fought the Legion in TBC and put Ner’zhul back to sleep in Icecrown.

But as these things go, whenever you defeat a Big Bad, there is always a power void left behind for someone else to try to take over. Dragonball and other shonen manga/anime always find ways to do this. Western comic books do it as well.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Dont worry. WoW will be here for at least 12 more years. It earns so much profit, they will milk it till its dry. And there are numerous directions they can go from here. Its not like warcraft universe is limited to what we saw in previous games

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DG

To me, the words, “jump the shark”, keep running through my mind.

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Eeeh… while I don’t like the Draenei and what they did with them, I think that exploring Argus makes a lot more sense than Pandaria or time travel.

It’s part of established lore with plenty of involvement from the Legion, so… it’s not too far fetched that; while fighting the Legion at last; the game would send players over here.

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Danny Smith

Its kind of the same reaction we saw back in vanilla though. Back then the dreanei were these shitty little squat mutants in southern eastern kingdoms. Then they reveal them for BC and people were A: pissed they werent the beastial race the alliance needed and many wanted which wouldnt show up till pandaria and B: everyone saw outland and many, many people screamed “Too much sci fi in muh fantasy”.

Legion may have been all fel mountain dew flavoured but its still been grounded on azeroth. Most of us that played in vanilla dont play anymore and got replaced by people that started in wrath or later. They didnt have the “crazy space shit” in any capacity bar Warlords paralell universe stuff. So to quote Twin Peaks “it is happening again” :p

Its just a different crowd.

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Utakata

Jump the shark happened with Cataclysm though. This to be end part of the show where they’re throwing in everything in a spectacular fashion because it seems everyone stopped caring along the way. o.O