Blizzard's Next WoW Expansion Looks to the Past
By now you've heard the news of a new World of Warcraft expansion, announced here at Blizzcon. Judging by comments made at a WoW panel, this expansion is going to be a lot tougher on players than the previous one and its Kung Fu Pandas.
For "World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor," Blizzard took Grommash Hellscream, the Orc leader from the old "Warcraft" games, and asked what would happen if he could go back in time and make one change.
The result will be the Iron Horde, which is trying to open a portal into the current world of Azeroth and go after Horde and Alliance alike. "This is exactly the kind of thought that gets our franchise back home," said Dave Kosak, lead narrative designer for WoW during the panel.
He described Draenor, the world inhabited by the Iron Horde, as "a savage world that gives us a great place to have heroic adventures." In addition to taking on Grommash and his Iron Horde, you will also see old cities now in ruins, like the Alliance home world.
WoW is in need of a shot in the arm. "Mists of Pandaria" stiffed with consumers and the game has plunged from 10 million subscribers a year ago to 7.6 million. The game is approaching its tenth year and people are getting bored. But there was palpable excitement among players and a resoluteness on the part of the Blizzard staff to say ok, we get it, no more Kung Fu Panda, no more easy button. You want a fight? You'll get a fight.