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World of Warcraft Expansion Warlords of Draenor Announced

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On Friday Blizzard revealed the next and fifth expansion pack for World of Warcraft, called Warlords of Draenor, at BlizzCon 2013. Players will visit the world of Draenor at a "pivotal moment in history to fight against and alongside legends from Warcraft’s brutal past". So far there's no word on when this expansion will launch.

"Across Draenor's savage jungles and battle-scarred plains, Azeroth's heroes will engage in a mythic conflict involving mystical draenei champions and mighty orc clans, and cross axes with the likes of Grommash Hellscream, Blackhand, and Ner’zhul at the height of their primal power. Players will need to scour this unwelcoming land in search of allies to help build a desperate defense against the old Horde’s formidable engine of conquest—or else watch their own world’s bloody, war-torn history repeat itself," reads the press release.

So that everyone can play the expansion out of the box, Warlords of Draenor will allow any character to instantly jump to level 90, including newbies. Players will also be able to construct their own Garrison, an expandable, customizable stronghold that will serve as each player’s personal base of operations throughout the course of the expansion. Players will be able to recruit NPC allies and followers to take up residence as the Garrison grows, gathering resources and embarking on missions on the player’s orders. Coolness.

The expansion also promises fully revamped player character models and animations for many of World of Warcraft’s existing playable races, namely orcs, humans and several other long-time residents. The expansion will also raise the level cap to 100, add new Zones, Dungeons, Raids, Scenarios, Battlegrounds, and more. There will also be questing improvements designed to encourage exploration and add unpredictability to players’ ongoing adventures, the announcement said.

"Warlords of Draenor gives players a chance to take a commanding role in one of the Warcraft series’ most crucial conflicts," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "This expansion also includes features that make it easy for anyone to jump right into the action, whether they’ve played WoW at some point in the past or are just setting foot in Azeroth for the first time."

Sounds like fun. Here's the announcement trailer:

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Announcement Trailer

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    brandonjclark , November 8, 2013 9:14 PM
    And no one cared.
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    GoliathPtXs , November 8, 2013 9:39 PM
    GW2 world vs world much ?
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    maxiim , November 8, 2013 9:44 PM
    When is this god awful waste of life going to die already. You can only suck so much many from people for so long before its all garbage. Make a new game, give people something new to play.
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    carnage9270 , November 8, 2013 10:27 PM
    7 million subscribers would disagree.
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    bobiseverywhere , November 8, 2013 10:27 PM
    I really don't feel with what is described that it will improve the WoW experience that much. Blizzard really needs to move on from WoW. This older style of MMO is a thing of the past and really with different combat systems now seen in other MMO's plus better graphics to keep your eye's intrigued at what they are looking at i find that WoW is really at a loss here. I have really enjoyed WoW in the past but find it quite lacking since Cataclysm was released just nothing new in progression through the game and then end content is more gimmicky now then anything. Not really offering any sort of gaming experience or challenge.
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    carnage9270 , November 8, 2013 10:34 PM
    I'm not sure why so many people have the opinion that Blizzard should move on or the game is crap. I don't care how many subscribers they have lost, when you are 7 million strong....the formula is working. When it stops making money I'm sure they will "move on". Until then, there is nothing to criticize, just great marketing imo. I'm not an MMO'er and never really understood the pay to play market picking up like it did. But like I said, if the formula works, there's nothing to criticize. If the content of the game wasn't up to par, people wouldn't pay for it.
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    Heironious , November 8, 2013 10:54 PM
    I haven't played WoW in years. My how the graphics are terrible to me now. If they would only release like an upgraded graphics pack that would make more interested. I am however, looking forward to the WoW movie coming out in like 2015 ...long...long wait.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0803096/
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    nevilence , November 8, 2013 10:54 PM
    wow, milking it
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    nevilence , November 8, 2013 10:57 PM
    on a second note, that trailer is as appealing as a kick in the nuts
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    noobzilla771 , November 8, 2013 11:23 PM
    Isn't Outland what used to be Draenor? So technically this expansion is more time travel crap.
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    natoco , November 9, 2013 12:29 AM
    And the haters hate everything in the world, why even play games if all you do is hate.
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    _Cosmin_ , November 9, 2013 3:51 AM
    Yeah, now will be like 15 mil noob players... all with level 90 of 100!
    They just ruin the game.... HA HA HA
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    hajila , November 9, 2013 4:14 AM
    In vanilla WoW making 60 was a big deal. It took time and skill, and although getting a raid together was tough, there was a higher quality of player at the top which made the conquests rewarding. I met many good people playing back then. Those who purchased a lvl 60 from ebay or wherever stood out like a sore thumb. With instant lvl 90 the people who worked to get to 100 will be vastly outnumbered and the game will crumble. It will be newb heaven. No thanks.
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    excursion , November 9, 2013 5:00 AM
    people tend to forget wow use to be 10.5 million strong now its 7 million strong i bet in another report down the road will show 6 million so tell me how do i agree with a declining subscription base that loses that much that fast?
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    dgingeri , November 9, 2013 7:04 AM
    "This older style of MMO is a thing of the past and really with different combat systems now seen in other MMO's"

    I wholeheartedly disagree. I hate the way newer MMOs work. I hate that interface. I've played Neverwinter. Fewer skills, fewer options, not enough time to make decent decisions. It just sucks. I like WoW's interface far, far better. It could use some improvements, sure, but the general idea behind it is far easier to work, so the player can concentrate on the game and the story. They just need to change the game so that it takes some brain power to actually play again. lazy morons have no place playing games. They should be working on learning how to think before they have a chance to play. MoP made the game too easy to play DPS, while harder to play a tank or healer. These days, stupid dps is the big threat to the game.
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    bourgeoisdude , November 9, 2013 7:12 AM
    "So that everyone can play the expansion out of the box, Warlords of Draenor will allow any character to instantly jump to level 90, including newbies."

    I tried the trial again--haven't played Wow basically since Burning Crusade--and I'm amazed at how much worse the game is. I enjoyed playing through the game, leveling up because of all the activities and training and looting etc. Now everything is so automatic that OF COURSE nobody enjoys leveling up anymore.

    Time to go back to your roots--weapon skill rating, training and not automatically learning new spells, actually earning that level 60/70/80/85/90 cap. But now newbies can start at level 90? What are they going to do for a year, no, 6 months, even 3 months with a character that is already leveled up? Are you wanting to lose your entire subscription base?
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    mstngs351 , November 9, 2013 7:29 AM
    If they'd cut the monthly subscription costs by 30% or so then I'd definitely go back. I just don't play enough/have played too much to justify the current costs.
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    sykozis , November 9, 2013 8:01 AM
    Quote:
    people tend to forget wow use to be 10.5 million strong now its 7 million strong i bet in another report down the road will show 6 million so tell me how do i agree with a declining subscription base that loses that much that fast?


    WoW peaked at 12M subscriptions....and yes the subscriptions will keep dropping over time.
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    magnetite2 , November 9, 2013 8:36 AM
    Most of WoW's subscribers are gold farmers. When WoW was banned in China their subscriptions dropped by half.
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    magnetite2 , November 9, 2013 8:41 AM
    Most of WoW's subscribers are gold farmers. When WoW was banned in China their subscriptions dropped by half.
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