WORLD of Warcraft is getting a brand new expansion TODAY – but it remains a mystery for now.
The iconic game has been around for nearly two decades, and its next big chapter is just around the corner.
New WoW expansion – what you need to know
World of Warcraft launched back in 2004, and was an instant hit.
The legendary MMORPG remains one of the biggest games in the world.
Part of that success is due to expansion packs dropping roughly every two years.
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We’ve had eight so far, and a ninth is due out at some point in 2022.
This next 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 watch World of Warcraft new expansion reveal
The new World of Warcraft expansion will be revealed via a YouTube livestream.
Fans will tune in on Tuesday, April 19 to catch the news.
If you want to watch along, you’ll need to log on at 9am in LA, noon in New York or 5pm in London.
The expansion will be revealed on the official World of Warcraft YouTube channel here.
WoW Dragonflight? What to expect from new World of Warcraft expansion
Activision Blizzard is being understandably coy about the new expansion.
In its YouTube description, the company writes: “Join us and see what the future holds for World of Warcraft.”
So what should we expect?
Source code recently uncovered on the official Warcraft website made reference to an expansion pack called Dragonflight.
As such, we’re expecting the expansion to focus on dragons, including long-time dragon character Alexstrasza.
This expansion pack is tipped to be centred on a group of islands known as the Dragon Isles.
It’s the apparent home of Alexstrasza, and isn’t an entirely new idea.
Blizzard actually intended the Dragon Isles to be a level 65 to 70 raid in early builds of World of Warcraft.
Game files related to the zone were added in the World of Warcraft beta, but the idea was ultimately paused.
The islands were intended to host Old God temples, and a test zone called Designer Island was added to the beta as an asset.
What’s more, these islands appeared on the in-game world map (without labels) before being removed in Wrath of the Lich King.
We haven’t heard anything else about Dragon Isles in-game except for a brief mention in Battle for Azeroth.
It’s widely speculated that Blizzard will add dragons as a playable race.
And posts on popular WoW forum MMO Champion have claimed that a new class called Evoker will be added.
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We won’t know anything for sure until Blizzard announces it.
Thankfully, that’s very soon.
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