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Two New Races, Expansion for WOW?

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Are two new races coming to Blizzard's World of Warcraft? WoW Insider says yes, and may appear in a possible expansion called World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. According to unspecified sources, the new races will be Worgen (Alliance) and Goblin (Horde). Apparently, the conclusion that Cataclysm will include two new races stems from four new textures of Halloween masks found in the last PTR build: Helm_Mask_Halloween_GoF, Helm_Mask_Halloween_GoM, Helm_Mask_Halloween_WoF, and Helm_Mask_Halloween_WoM. Despite this, goblins in WoW have been a neutral race since the game's release.

In addition, the new expansion may very well change the face of Azeroth itself, updating the four-year-old MMORPG to better compete with Star Wars: The Old Republic launching next year. Rawcast theorizes that a massive water-based event will obliterate a good portion of Azeroth including the Kalimdor and Eastern Kingdoms (hence the use of Cataclysm). Granted the scenario is just a theory, the site lists several reasons for its conclusion, citing support for water-based adventures and low-level areas becoming irrelevant with each new patch and expansion.

If a new expansion and two new races will indeed be released for World of Warcraft, Blizzard will more than likely announce their existence during BlizzCon 2009 later this month.

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    scook9 , August 11, 2009 4:22 PM
    wish they supported their OTHER games this much.....
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    scook9 , August 11, 2009 4:22 PM
    wish they supported their OTHER games this much.....
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    nirvanabah , August 11, 2009 4:23 PM
    This is relatively old news but I find it hard to believe they'd wipe out much of Kalimdor or the Eastern Kingdoms. Where would new players start? They can't take the DK approach for everything (start at lvl 55), that ruins the game.
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    shiftstealth , August 11, 2009 4:28 PM
    I'm sure they'd use phasing just like they did with the hodir quest chain how it only changes the environment for you.
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    waikano , August 11, 2009 4:31 PM
    scook9wish they supported their OTHER games this much.....


    Not to get into an argument here, but Blizzard is better than any other company about updates, they just released an update to WarCraft III and that game is over 7 years old. Diablo II got one last year as well and Diablo 3 is in development. I don't play WoW, but think as far as a company goes Blizzard really does care about it's customers and it's long term support for it's games even if you don't agree.
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    waikano , August 11, 2009 4:33 PM
    Oh and let's not forget StarCraft which also got an update earlier this year. And they are working on StarCraft II as well.
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    paranoidmage , August 11, 2009 4:37 PM
    When news broke of Blizzard's patent for the name Cataclysm, I really hoped it would be the new game they are supposed to make.

    Sadly we just get more boring WoW news.
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    paranoidmage , August 11, 2009 4:41 PM
    waikanoNot to get into an argument here, but Blizzard is better than any other company about updates, they just released an update to WarCraft III and that game is over 7 years old. Diablo II got one last year as well and Diablo 3 is in development. I don't play WoW, but think as far as a company goes Blizzard really does care about it's customers and it's long term support for it's games even if you don't agree.


    I especially like the dedication we are seeing to work on the D2 patch 1.13. It got delayed months ago, and they still haven't started work again yet. Oh and that last patch we got, 1.12...it lets you run the game without the CD in your CD drive or mounted in an emulator. Big deal. There were absolutely no game improvements.
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    waikano , August 11, 2009 4:47 PM
    ParanoidmageI especially like the dedication we are seeing to work on the D2 patch 1.13. It got delayed months ago, and they still haven't started work again yet. Oh and that last patch we got, 1.12...it lets you run the game without the CD in your CD drive or mounted in an emulator. Big deal. There were absolutely no game improvements.



    Name me one other Developer that is even patching a game that is 8 years old. I am talking about a stand alone PC game not an MMO. I venture to guess there isn't one. I imagine with the announcement of D3, D2 lost some of it's resources and I would rather see D3 sooner than D2 get an update.
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    zachary k , August 11, 2009 4:48 PM
    i am interested? yes. enough to go back to wow? no. i will stick to my internet space ships(eve online), thank you.
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    scook9 , August 11, 2009 4:53 PM
    the wonderful new patch for WC3 killed 95% of the custom maps......THANKS BLIZZARD!

    And they have delayed SC2 and Diablo 3 how many times now?!
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    selits , August 11, 2009 5:27 PM
    Yeah, it does kinda suck that Blizzard has such high support for a game that has monthly fees over older games that don't. Makes no sense!
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    imspecial , August 11, 2009 5:29 PM
    The 2 new races are old news, but I haven't heard anything about blowing up Kalimdor and Eastern Kingdoms...

    To be honest, I would rather see new classes than new races. That would bring back at least a couple hundred subscribers for around a month or so before people get bored with level grinding again.

    I used to play WoW 4-5 hrs a night for almost 5 years...found out that leveling 4 80's got boring after the 3rd one. and every one of them are in at least t7. -_- I hate addictions. Good thing Ima be trying Aion when it comes out in the US haha.
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    zak_mckraken , August 11, 2009 6:24 PM
    New races (and classes) are always welcome, but I hope they won't change existing content to the profit of new content. I like leveling alts and it's always fun to come back to "the roots". In fact, I would like Blizzard to find a way to resurect old stuff like MC, ZG and the like, the way they did with Naxx.

    If the next expansion is indeed named Cataclsym, it will probably feature the underwater world of the Naga, the Maelstrom, created by the explosion of the Well of Eternity. That'd be sweet, except that I hate to fight in the water! ;) 
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    imspecial , August 11, 2009 6:41 PM
    I agree with you a little bit zak. I do not like leveling through Arathi Highlands, STV, basically anything lvl's 30-50. I did like raiding all the old content back in the day. It would be sweet if they made something sort of like Caverns of Time to port back to the "older" days and raid those places again.

    I dont know how they will be going from killing Arthas in Wrath of the Lich King to a completely different expansion. Since fighting the Lich King was the last part of the WC series (I think).
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    ckthecerealkiller , August 11, 2009 7:43 PM
    waikanoNot to get into an argument here, but Blizzard is better than any other company about updates, they just released an update to WarCraft III and that game is over 7 years old.


    An update that completely disabled use of any map that wasn't developed by Blizzard.
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    Kaiser_25 , August 11, 2009 8:00 PM
    Blizz isnt the company they used to be, Since WoW they have lost sight of the customer
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    tayb , August 11, 2009 8:23 PM
    Besides World of Wacraft what is the last good game that Blizzard released?
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    nukemaster , August 11, 2009 9:16 PM
    ckthecerealkillerAn update that completely disabled use of any map that wasn't developed by Blizzard.

    They did it because they care..... :p 
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    The_Blood_Raven , August 11, 2009 9:38 PM
    First of all I don't play WoW and I never will again, but where the hell are the Naga? The Naga should have been added a long time ago!
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    covertxt5 , August 11, 2009 10:38 PM
    Blizzard is by far the best game developing company out their. How can an article about blizzard developing a new expansion for wow which is quite exciting be a rant against blizzard - all I can say is; people need to stop complaining and start being positive, all you people do is complain about everything.
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