Although subscriber totals aren’t as high as they were ten years ago, World of Warcraft is still raking in tons of money for Blizzard. Millions of MMO fans signed on for the Warlords of Draenor expansion and raced to level 100 and Blizzard will keep making these games as long as the community keeps playing them. It may seem like the portal to Draenor just opened a few months ago, but Blizz is already announcing and outlining the next expansion, World of Warcraft: Legion.
At last year’s BlizzCon, the powerhouse studio explained that it wants to start moving towards more frequent WoW expansions, that act similar to major content patches. There was no release date mentioned for Legion when Blizz marched it onto stage at Gamescom 2015 this morning, but if it arrives before 2016, then the company will be on track for the new annual expansion trend. The company is currently asking players to sign up for the beta.
The trailer for Legion isn’t one of the CG cinematics that Blizzard used to be known for, but it is loaded with plenty of actual gameplay and details about what the expansion will bring to the table. In addition to a long-awaited second hero class and a new level cap of 110, there is plenty of other content to keep residents of Azeroth busy when Legion arrives.
Here’s a look at what gamers can expect…
New continent: The Broken Isles
New class: Demon Hunter
Artifacts: customizable weapons that grow in power as you do
Class-specific Order Halls and followers
All New Dungeons and Raids
New World Bosses
Level cap raised to 110
Revamped PvP progression system
Improved transmogrification system
Improved social features
Character Boost—immediately raise one character to level 100
. . . and more
Although some fans are sure to complain that there aren’t any changes to the subscription model, Blizzard isn’t interested in removing its incredibly profitable WoW business model any time soon. The return to classic locations from Warcraft 3 should be enough to raise the eyebrows of nostalgic gamers and the combination of The Burning Legion and Illidan will also make the expansion tempting for players who miss the game’s first few expansions.
The long list of new features are all exciting, but the Demon Hunter hero class is particularly noteworthy. After some serious problems with the launch and balancing of the Death Knight, Blizz developers originally said that they wouldn’t do another hero class. It took about five years, but the arrival of the Demon Hunter means that gamers will have a new super powerful hero to master (assuming the player meets whatever the new requirements are to roll a Diablo-inspired Demon Hunter).
Are you excited for Legion? Will the expansion be enough to make you resubscribe for a few months? Let us know in the comments.
World of Warcraft Legion does not have an official release date yet.