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A Fifth WoW Expansion Already In The Works, Others

During a visit to Blizzard's HQ to see Mists of Pandaria, CVG spoke with COO Paul Sams about the future of World of Warcraft once the latest expansion goes live. He confirmed that the fifth pack is already in the works, and that the team even knows what additional expansion packs will contain. Other than that, he wouldn't cough up any details as to what these packs will contain.

"I got the pitch from Chris Metzen of what they plan for 6.0 and I'm pretty geeked up about it," he said. "They already know what they're going to be doing for multiple expansions ahead. They have an idea - a general framework. They're these lore creators. They're the ones who drive what the world looks like today and what it'll be like tomorrow and beyond."

"I think the future of World Of Warcraft continues to be bright and I think Mists of Pandaria is going to breathe huge life into what I believe is the best MMO out there," he added. "I think the number of people we have playing and the level of enthusiasm they have for the game suggests that to be the case."

"This is the next of many ways in which we're going to grow and improve and evolve this game," he concluded.

CVG suggests that WoW's roadmap indicates that team members may not be pulled away from development to work on Blizzard's other MMO, Titan. On the contrary, the roadmap indicates that the core lore creators are busily building on the virtual world and capable of sustaining continuation while other members are assigned to the Titan project. Blizzard certainly isn't going to focus on one over the other although right now it's primary focus is WoW given that it's the primary money machine.

News of a fifth expansion pack already in development shouldn't come as a surprise. After Blizzard saw a dip in subscriptions once players quickly devoured the third expansion, Cataclysm, company president Michael Morhaime said they would focus on decreasing time between content releases. "We need to be faster at delivering content to players," he said. "And so that’s one of the reasons that we’re looking to decrease the amount of time in-between expansions."

Currently Blizzard just opened the doors to the Mists of Pandaria beta. Those who got into the program received a confirmation email with instructions on how to download and retrieve the installer from Battle.net. Blizzard did not provide direct links in the email, so beware of fake beta approvals (if they get past your spam filter, that is). The email may or may not look like the image below (as the installer hasn't shown up in the Battle.net account as of this writing):

  • AznCracker
    They are trying to milk as much money out of WoW as they can.
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  • zachusaman
    azncrackerThey are trying to milk as much money out of WoW as they can.I remember when Blizzard said that Activision taking over would not affect the game...
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  • saxplayingcompnerd
    Wow is dying and they are still trying to resuscitate it? Most people I know that play wow say the PVP is COMPLETELY broken and PVE gets boring after a while. You can only play so many toons and replay the same content so many times before you have to get bored.

    I would rather see blizz just give up on wow after MOP(we have known about this exp. for months btw, this is OLD news), and work harder on titan, whatever that turns out to be, I'd rather see that come out sooner than have blizz drag out wow.
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  • juncture
    They cut their staff and increased the workload? Hopefully quality isn't affected here.
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  • billgatez
    Wow is dieing. The MoP expansion need's be the last one.
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  • fyasko
    WOW is dead, activision killed it.
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  • ramon1
    junctureThey cut their staff and increased the workload? Hopefully quality isn't affected here.
    Don't waste your hopes, this is Activision we are talking about.

    The sad think about the whole affair is, people keep spreading their cheeks and happily taking it in.
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  • sykozis
    With around 8-10 million players left, it's hard to say WoW is dieing. It's still the most popular MMO in existance.
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  • therabiddeer
    saxplayingcompnerdI would rather see blizz just give up on wow after MOP(we have known about this exp. for months btw, this is OLD news), and work harder on titan, whatever that turns out to be, I'd rather see that come out sooner than have blizz drag out wow.This article isnt about MoP, this article is about the expansion AFTER MoP.
    junctureThey cut their staff and increased the workload? Hopefully quality isn't affected here.When you lose a couple million people, you can cut your support staff by a few hundred. Their development staff hasnt taken cuts. Also, they have been doing this since WoW has been released. They have one expansion visibly out front, but they are already doing work for the one after it. Nothing has changed.
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  • ben850
    I played Cata for about 2 months. 40$ for the expansion, and 30$ for sub fees = 70$ for many many many many hours that I could never invest into any other game. Was worth it for me..
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