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4th WoW Expansion Will Have New Continent

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Blizzard's Greg Street said the next expansion will probably feature a new continent, however he admits WoW needs plot fixing after the release of Cataclysm.

Monday before the launch of the long-awaited World of WarCraft expansion Cataclysm, Blizzard lead systems designer Greg Street revealed his plans for the next (4th) expansion pack. His approach will be to bring an entirely new continent to the MMORPG, a new place for players to visit rather than revamp more existing areas.

"More like the Burning Crusade or Nothrend, where we send players somewhere new that they haven't seen before," he told CVG. "I think the Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor are good now, we won't have to mess with them. There might be some small areas that may require polish or changing if things still don't feel quite right."

But he also realizes that there's a weirdness about the overall story when players access the Burning Crusade and Lich King content. It's almost as if players move back in time. "We're going to have to do something to bring that up to speed," he admitted. "We need to make that whole story a little smoother."

Bringing the previous expansion content "up to speed"-- or rather, overall plot fixing-- could mean an update via a future patch or by way of the next expansion pack. Right now the team is currently banging out bugs now that Cataclysm has officially gone retail, however Street said that he wants to stay on a consistent release schedule with expansions, indicating that the 5th installment could arrive sometime in 2011 or 2012.

"We want to get expansions out on fairly regular schedules so we can't really sit back for too long," he said. Burning Crusade launched in January 2007, followed by Wrath of the Lich King in November 2008. Blizzard waited two years to release the 3rd expansion, Cataclysm, which went live today, December 7, 2010.

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    sinsear , December 7, 2010 5:00 PM
    WoW was originally released in 2004. The next expansion is 2012. So we can say the game will stay live until at least 2014. That's a pretty impressive lifespan compared to games like CoD or most sports games.
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    sinsear , December 7, 2010 5:00 PM
    WoW was originally released in 2004. The next expansion is 2012. So we can say the game will stay live until at least 2014. That's a pretty impressive lifespan compared to games like CoD or most sports games.
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    sliem , December 7, 2010 5:14 PM
    $40 for cat? lol no - I paid $37 for cat AND wotlk.
    And $15 to reactivate your account is because you pay for 1 month of gametime.
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    cskelly , December 7, 2010 5:21 PM
    sliem$40 for cat? lol no - I paid $37 for cat AND wotlk.And $15 to reactivate your account is because you pay for 1 month of gametime.


    Where did you get this special?
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    nekatreven , December 7, 2010 5:21 PM
    Wow!
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    osxsier , December 7, 2010 5:22 PM
    Why would do you think you would be getting a free month? If it was a new account, then sure. But you are trying to access your old account, hence the 14.99. Seems pretty straight forward to me.
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    torque79 , December 7, 2010 5:22 PM
    thanks for the warning therealfly. I have been trying to decide if I should go back to WoW after a long time away, and this gives me just a little more reason not to.

    are you sure that 15.99 was not just for the first month though? or did you have to pay $30, $15 of which was for activation?
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    Anomalyx , December 7, 2010 5:24 PM
    The real knee-slapper is when you total up how much you've paid over a lifetime in WoW subscriptions. Well, at least your total might be. My total is $0.
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    Anonymous , December 7, 2010 5:30 PM
    ...ugh.
    Blizzard adds more and more expansions, despite the fact that we of the slower gameplay style can never get the top gear before it's obsolete.

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    Nightsilver , December 7, 2010 5:38 PM
    Harodan...ugh.Blizzard adds more and more expansions, despite the fact that we of the slower gameplay style can never get the top gear before it's obsolete.



    If you didn't have full T10 (which is as close as it gets to free end-game gear) by the time Cataclysm went live, or even four-five months beforehand, then I would suggest you hesitate to invest any more into gaming than a graphing calculator. If Blizzard slowed the game down to your pace, they'd go broke because the rest of the player base would get bored and quit.
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    nforce4max , December 7, 2010 6:00 PM
    This is why I play on a private server. Instead of paying for game time I am paying bills and buying new hardware to help keep my rig fresh.
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    therealfly , December 7, 2010 6:13 PM
    My account was expired. I had to pay 15 dollars to reactivate my account. Plus 40 dollars to buy the expansion. I haven't played WoW in a year. So it cost me 55 dollars to start playing WoW again. Seems to me like the expansion should have came with a free month of play.

    I must have been playing the game when the first 2 expansions came out, so i just didn't realize that a month of game time was NOT included.
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    arawyn , December 7, 2010 6:13 PM
    Emerald Dream. You heard it here first!
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    cashews , December 7, 2010 6:32 PM
    Now people who spent months and months getting epics will be replacing their gear with greens and blues. The cycle continues.
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    Nightsilver , December 7, 2010 6:33 PM
    therealflyMy account was expired. I had to pay 15 dollars to reactivate my account. Plus 40 dollars to buy the expansion. I haven't played WoW in a year. So it cost me 55 dollars to start playing WoW again.



    No, it cost you $14.99 to start playing WoW again.
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    whysobluepandabear , December 7, 2010 7:14 PM
    nforce4maxThis is why I play on a private server. Instead of paying for game time I am paying bills and buying new hardware to help keep my rig fresh.



    Paying $14.99 a month for WoW (cheaper if you buy more months in advanced) is hardly back breaking. Paying 50 cents a day is pretty much as good of a deal as it gets.


    Consider the entertainment value you get with WoW, albeit, it destroys your life after some time with it's addiction.

    I never had any problem paying a measly $15 a month to play WoW. I had MANY problems trying to have a life and juggle anything besides breathing, eating and sleeping WHILE playing WoW. Trying to keep a full time job, school or a social life? Forget it...you can't do it and play WoW at the same time. One of those big things has to give if you want to.


    P.s. When I mean play, I don't mean casually put a few hours a day....I mean actually progress and actually have something impressive to show for it. There's a certain point, where if you can't invest enough time into WoW, It's really not worth playing.
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    zak_mckraken , December 7, 2010 7:20 PM
    arawynEmerald Dream. You heard it here first!

    Emerald Dream sounds right. However, since it's a copy of Azeroth, it would have to be huge. Of course, they could make some zones unexplorable to keep it to a expansion-size world.
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    CptTripps , December 7, 2010 7:49 PM
    WhySoBluePandaBearWhen I mean play, I don't mean casually put a few hours a day....I mean actually progress and actually have something impressive to show for it. There's a certain point, where if you can't invest enough time into WoW, It's really not worth playing.


    Although I agree with the last line of this, I would not call a few hours a day casual. A few hours a day is pretty hardcore if you actually work a job. Also, no matter how much progress you make nothing you obtain will ever be "impressive" to anyone but yourself.
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    captjack5169 , December 7, 2010 8:23 PM
    therealflyMy account was expired. I had to pay 15 dollars to reactivate my account. Plus 40 dollars to buy the expansion. I haven't played WoW in a year. So it cost me 55 dollars to start playing WoW again. Seems to me like the expansion should have came with a free month of play. I must have been playing the game when the first 2 expansions came out, so i just didn't realize that a month of game time was NOT included.


    To my knowledge a free month with the purchase of an expansion pak has never been the case. I am not a big fan of people opting for wow when you have bills that should be payed instead, but honestly when you get down to the bottom line for what you get $15 bucks is pocket change for the amount of content and activities the game offers. I started playing wow about 8 months after I started my IT career and I only started playing because I wanted to see just how good the content and gameplay was. I think WOW is probably one of the best options for gaming out there. Honestly though if you are trying to decide between rent and wow you have bigger problems. Gaming is not for the "I dont pay any of my own bills" Poor. I am so sick of hearing people bitch because they think these companies are charging too much. Perhaps they are, but I am getting my monies worth. Well....Just as long as we don't have another BC issue when I log on tonight and have to spend 3 hours in que.

    Cheers,

    Dragonenvy
    LV 80 Troll Hunter
    Dragonmaw
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    mayne92 , December 7, 2010 8:42 PM
    captjack5169To my knowledge a free month with the purchase of an expansion pak has never been the case. I am not a big fan of people opting for wow when you have bills that should be payed instead, but honestly when you get down to the bottom line for what you get $15 bucks is pocket change for the amount of content and activities the game offers. I started playing wow about 8 months after I started my IT career and I only started playing because I wanted to see just how good the content and gameplay was. I think WOW is probably one of the best options for gaming out there. Honestly though if you are trying to decide between rent and wow you have bigger problems. Gaming is not for the "I dont pay any of my own bills" Poor. I am so sick of hearing people bitch because they think these companies are charging too much. Perhaps they are, but I am getting my monies worth. Well....Just as long as we don't have another BC issue when I log on tonight and have to spend 3 hours in que. Cheers,DragonenvyLV 80 Troll HunterDragonmaw


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