This Monday Activision Blizzard has made their 7th expansion pack for world renowned MMORPG World of Warcraft. Practically defining the genre while simultaneously overshadowing all competition, WoW has been one of the most actively played video games in existence since its launch in 2004 (back when Windows XP was still the main operating system around). Trivia aside, the various races of WoW will clash in a huge war 25 years in the making.
Within a press release detailing the various versions available of the game’s expansion, Mike Morhaime (CEO and Co-Founder of Blizzard Entertainment) listed “-the question of what it truly means to be a member of the Alliance or the Horde,” as a major element in Battle for Azeroth. New areas include Kul Tiras, Zandalar, Island Expeditions, and the new DLC will also provide new powers via the Heart of Azeroth artifact.
The ability to recruit new Allied Races (Dark Iron Dwarves, Mag’har Orcs, Highmountain Tauren, Void Elves, and others) for Warfront of Stormgarde are also mentioned as notable entries in the long list of additional content the expansion adds while modifying the base World of Warcraft game with its earlier 6 expansions all layering together. Player levels will also be increased to 120 with new world quests, raids, dungeons, enemies, environments, and objectives giving way to a whole new experience regardless of your proficiency at the game.
- Standard Physical and Digital Editions $49.99 USD
- Digital Deluxe Edition $69.99 USD with in-game bonuses for multiple Blizzard titles including the following: Seabraid Stallion, Gilded Ravasaur, Tottle the Baby Tortollan, Hearthstone ‘Azeroth Is Burning’ Card, Primal Flamesaber for Heroes of the Storm, Horde and Alliance sprays for StarCraft II, and Azeroth loot for Overwatch.
- Collector’s Edition $99.99 USD exclusively for retailers with all of the Digital Deluxe items as well as collectible Horde and Alliance Double-Sided Mark of Allegiance, hardback novellas Elegy and A Good War with special artwork not seen anywhere else, and a digital soundtrack.
- *All versions include optional Level 110 Character Boost to immediately rush into the Battle for Azeroth’s main end-game content.
This expansion pack has many fans wondering if WoW is coming to a slow but sure ending scenario in the next five years or so. Although there is no evidence for or against this right now, Blizzard did cancel a new MMO project called Project Titan in 2013 with official confirmation coming in 2014 that the title would never be shown to the world. If WoW is to be sunset anytime soon, there is no replacement, making it likely that Activision Blizzard would instead be motivated to stretch the game beyond its originally planned scope which has already been a very long 14 year period.