During 2018’s Blizzcon event, Blizzard Entertainment revealed to the veteran players from the game’s debut over a two decades ago with the announcement of World of Warcraft: Classic. And while the game didn’t officially open until later past this August, news on the present iteration of the notorious MMO have been patiently waiting for the next big content expansion.
Leading to this year’s annual show, Blizzard officially revealed the next upcoming addition to World of Warcraft with the first reveal for Shadowlands. Introducing the “realm of the afterlife;” these lands untreated my mortals have been met with the fate of the occupying souls abruptly being impressed to the Maw under the four Covenants that control these lands of the dead. Upon the journey that players will embark in this new experience, some of the notorious foes of the fallen will return to bring a new challenge than ever before.
Blizzard Entertainment President J. Allen Black shares his excitement for the newest expansion:
Shadowlands is taking us somewhere we’ve never dreamed of going in the Warcraft universe, and that’s incredibly exciting. We can’t wait to explore the great beyond, catch up with old departed friends, and forge an epic new chapter in the Warcraft saga together with our players.
However, despite the overarching Covenants’ Monarchian regime, players will be given the choice to befriend one of the four controlling leaders and take on their own unique abilities. Divided between the Bastion’s Kyrian, Maldraxxus’ Night Fae, Ardenweald’s Venthyr, and Revendreth Necrolords, the player’s choice will decide which powers will be rewarded upon the Soul Binds that you form throughout your new adventure.
On the side of the expansion’s replayability, Blizzard shares that Torghast, Tower of the Damned will provide an endless experience of “ever-changing halls and chambers” within the wicked prison. Fight your way through waves of The Jailer’s minions and be met with legendary treasures for your new feat. Leveling is also said to be a priority per each overcoming: while levels are max at 50, Shadowlands will push for an additional ten to level 60.
As of the announcement for the Shadowlands expansion, there are three different versions available for pre-purchase: Base Edition priced at $39.99, Heroic Edition for $59.99, and a heavier $79.99 for the Epic Edition. The middling option offers a level boost to 120, Ensorcelled Everwyrm mount which segues to the unlock for the Vestments of the Eternal Traveler transmorgification set. The following purchase option will provide the same goodies alongside the Anima Wyrmling pet and Eternal Traveler’s Hearthstone: buying any of the three variants will instantly provide make pandaren and allied race Death Knight upon the release of Battle of Azeroth update drops.
What do you look forward to most about this new expansion?
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands is scheduled to release in 2020 for PC.
Source: Business Wire