Blizzard Confirms WoW Expansion
August 23, 2009 4:17 PM
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No release date offered, but Blizzard confirms the development of Cataclysm
During the beginning of BlizzCon 2009, Blizzard officials confirmed development of the latest
World of Warcraft
, though an official launch date hasn't been offered.
"I'm confident it will be nothing less than Earth-shattering," said Chris Metzen, Blizzard VP of development, who publicly introduced the game. "It will literally change the world of Azeroth as you know it."
News of the expected
announcement first leaked onto the Internet a few weeks back, though Blizzard didn't make an official announcement. The new expansion will raise the current character level cap from 80 up to 85, offering two new character races, and a new, revamped Azeroth as
gamers know it.
The new races include the goblins -- for the horde -- and the wolf-like worgen -- for the alliance -- along with flying mounts, dungeons, raids and race-class combinations. As expected in an expansion, the game also will offer new monsters and hundreds of new questions, along with several new playing zones.
BlizzCon attendees saw a new trailer that showed Azeroth in ruins, with tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and tidal waves ravaging the countryside as a dragon rose from the Earth.
Blizzard is notorious for releasing video games "when they're done," and most of the studio's game titles undergo at least one delay before launch. Although Blizzard didn't say when gamers can expect
to be released, the rumor mill is churning out unconfirmed information it could be ready sometime next spring.
If you're a WoW gamer, will you purchase the
Also noted during BlizzCon, Blizzard mentioned
will be released in 2010, almost 10 years after the latest
expansion game. I'm still waiting to learn more about
-- a game I saw a few years ago, and though t looked pretty good -- but it seemingly has vanished.
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8/24/2009 8:36:05 PM
So this is where they're spending their resources, not to develop SCII...
8/25/2009 2:10:32 AM
Why focus on a real game when you can instead milk more money out of an addicted mass of those who think paying monthly for the right to the characters they developed is just. Now they can get to level 85!!! YAY!
8/25/2009 8:52:58 AM
WTF are you guys talking about ...SCII is coming along quite nicely...the preview footage looks amazing. Not to mention Mike Morhime (I always spell his name wrong) stated at Blizzcon when an interviewer asked if working on so many projects at once (SCII, Diablo III and the next WoW Xpac all slated for '10 releases) detracts from any of the other. He first jokingly said that it keeps them busy that's for sure....but on a serious note he stated "no" because they are different teams that work on the different games. The SCII team works on SCII -- not WoW.
8/27/2009 1:06:29 PM
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