Time to head back to Warcraft?
To kick off their annual BlizzCon convention, Blizzard formally announced World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, the next expansion to their long-running massively-multiplayer game. To the trailer!
Players will get a chance to travel back through time and explore Draenor -- the desolate Orc homeland which was shattered into asteroid-like chunks to become Outland -- as it was before things went all to pieces. The expansion also raises the character level cap to 100, adds “hundreds” of new quests, throws in new dungeons and raids, and allows players to build and upgrade garrisons. You can also boost a character -- any character, even a brand new one -- to level 90 in order to partake in the Draenor shenanigans.
Warlords of Draenor is the fifth expansion for World of Warcraft, which has seen its numbers dwindle significantly over the past year. Some 400,000 more players left the game in the past six months, though with 7.6 million current subscribers, it’s still the largest subscription-based MMO in the world.
Blizzard also pulled the wraps off Heroes of the Storm, a free-to-play MOBA starring characters from Warcraft, Starcraft and Diablo. Beta signups are live as of today.
The company also confirmed that Hearthstone, Blizzard’s digital collectible card game, will be coming to iOS and Android devices next year, and that beta signups for the PC version will be live next month (or thereabouts, as we all know what Blizzard thinks of fixed deadlines).
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