Massive World of Warcraft Diorama At BlizzCon Sets World Record

Anita Tucker
November 6, 2017

Exactly how strong is not known- Blizzard no longer shares subscriber numbers, but there are enough users to warrant releasing another expansion for its lucrative gaming franchise. As a new age of warfare begins, Azeroth's heroes must set out on a harrowing journey in search of new allies, race to claim the world's mightiest resources to turn the tides of war, and fight on several fronts to determine which side will lead Azeroth into its uncertain future.

In an extensive interview with Polygon, World of Warcraft director Ion Hazzikostas discussed the game's journey since Warlords of Draenor-an expansion with poor endgame content partly responsible for driving almost 4 million subscribers away. Battle for Azeroth will push the cap to 120, up from Legion's 110.

In addition to the news about World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, the seventh expansion to the game, Blizzard had a very special announcement for fans who have been playing since the beginning. The cinematic is another fine example of Blizzard's superb animation skills, and sets the stage for a new round of conflict between the two factions.

Explore Two Fabled Kingdoms: As a champion of the Horde, travel to the Zandalar empire to persuade the trolls to lend their naval might. As a defender of the Alliance, venture to the seafaring kingdom of Kul Tiras, home of Jaina Proudmoore, and rally its inhabitants to fight for your cause.

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You can also purchase any of the campaigns or a seasonal War Chest to gain immediate access to ranked play if you desire. The only requirement to unlock permanently is to earn 10 first wins of the day in Unranked or versus A.I. play .

In Battle For Azeroth, players will be able to explore new areas of Azeroth, showing several uncharted areas of the world that players haven't seen before. On these new continents, players will recruit new "allied races" to bolster the ranks of their faction.

In Warfronts, up to 20 players will work together to "claim a key strategic location", battle enemy commanders and siege specific objectives along the way. A new resource, called Azerite, feeds the necklace and lets players unlock new powers and traits in their armor. As expected, we have a new expansion inbound, Battle for Azeroth, which gets back to the franchise's core conflict of the Alliance versus the Horde.

Blizzard did not give an official release date for Battle for Azeroth, but don't expect it before spring 2018 at the earliest.

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