WORLD of Warcraft is expanding with Dragonflight.
This iconic game has been around almost two decades and the next chapter is right around the corner.
New WoW expansion – what you need to know
World of Warcraft was launched in 2004 and became a huge success.
The legendary MMORPG is still one of the most popular games in the world.
The success of expansion packs that drop approximately every two years is a part of it.
We have eight of them so far. The ninth is expected to be out in 2022.
This new Dragonflight expansion will mark World of Warcraft’s 10.0 update, and will likely conclude 20 years after the original game’s launch – so expectations are high.
How to view the World of Warcraft’s new expansion?
YouTube Livestreamed the unveiling of the new World of Warcraft expansion.
For the latest news, fans tuned in to TV on Tuesday April 19, at 19:00.
It can be re-viewed on the official World of Warcraft YouTube channel Here.
WoW Dragonflight – What should you expect from the World of Warcraft expansion?
New zone is the major addition to World of Warcraft, which will be made possible by the Dragonflight expansion.
It’s aptly called the Dragon Isles, and features four new zones: the Waking Shores, the Ohn’ahran Plains, the Azure Span, and Thaldraszus.
You’ll journey to the new land by boat, and there’s even a faction-based PVP element on the ride there.
The final zone contains Valdrakken, a major city hub, which includes an auction house and libraries.
“We enter this time of renewal – the life energies of Azeroth are surging once more,”Steve Danseur, Lead Narrative Developer on Dragonflight.
“The Dragon Isles land has been dormant, and now it’s awakening again.
“It’s called the dragons home, but it’s also calling old adversaries.”
He added: “In terms of land mass, it’s definitely one of the larger expansions.
“There’s a bigger amount of space than in the Shadowlands.”
For the first time in WoW history, there’s a new race-and-class in one – the Dracthyr Evoker.
Dracthyrs can only play with Evokers. Evokers cannot play with Dracthyrs.
It’s a hero class that begins at level 58 (with its own starting zone) – and can be either Alliance or Horde.
You’ll be able to play as a damage dealer (Devastation) or healer (Preservation).
And there’s a new type of spell called Empower that works by holding down a button to power it up – resulting in greater potency.
“In combat you’re primarily in Dracthyr form,”Brian Holinka is the Lead Combat Designer for Dragonflight.
“Visage form is for like ‘hey, I’m a dragon and I’ve put myself in a more familiar state that’s not so scary to people’.
“And maybe I go into visage form and maybe mobs are less likely to attack me – but we’re still experimenting with that.
“Right now, the thing that’s important is delivering on that dragon fantasy: flying around, breathing fire, knocking people with your tail, blowing back people with your wings.
“When in social situations, you can decide which form you’re in.”
There’s a new flying-like skill called Dragonriding.
It’s a bit like regular flying but it’s a skill that you level up over time – allowing you to soar higher and explore the Dragon Isles.
You’ll be able to customise your drake mount with items, including special armour.
The UI and HUD will see a significant overhaul, which will delight long-standing players.
It’s remained largely unchanged over the years, but will now look significantly more modern.
Talents will see a rework that brings back the points-based allocations that were lost with Mists of Pandora.
You’ll now have a class tree and a spec tree to spend points in.
“There’s more opportunity to customise and mix-and-match,”Brian said this to The Sun.
“We made a goal to create a diverse set of choices, and to balance them well.
“To let players feel like they can make the choices they want – and that they’re not holding their group back.”
The professions are being improved to feel more rewarding.
You can also request crafted goods from other players by adding Crafting Orders.
Items will be able to claim quality which will impact their ilvl.
Crafters will also be receiving new gear that is specific to their craft. These can be used for crafting.
This gear will provide special stats for your profession, and won’t take up any valuable bag space.
In terms of storyline, the key enemies of the expansion remain mysterious – but we’re getting some clues.
“The Djaradin – they’re these half-elemental half-giants infused withe the power of flame, who shape magma into armour and weapons,”Steve spoke to The Sun.
“They’re ancient enemies of the dragons, hunted dragons, and particularly hated the Black Dragonflight.
“So the Djaradin have reawaken as well and will be challenging the dragons for some of their land.”
You can expect interaction with classic Warcraft characters such as Wrathion, Alexstrasza and Kalygos.
We’re expecting to hear more about the Dragonflight expansion in the coming months, including a release date.
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