Blizzard has revealed a one-two punch of expansions for World of Warcraft, with the new Dragonflight expansion heading to the Dragon Isles and introducing a new race, and Wrath of the Lich King being spruced up for WoW Classic.
The dragons of Azeroth have summoned heroes of both the Alliance and Horde to Dragon Isles in the new Dragonflight expansion, looking to have them handle new threats in their realm and uncover the mysteries that are beginning to surface.
One of the new mysteries for players will be that of the Dracthyr Evokers. This new playable race has two customisable forms – either a humanoid look or a draconic form that will likely be better for battle and overcoming obstacles. This new race will be able to pick and choose between either Alliance or Horde. Either way, they’ll begin at level 58, so they’ll be right up to speed in the quest for the new level cap of 70, and can focus on different classes to specialise in damage dealing or healing.
They will be unveiled through a new introductory story, a new starting point for players where you can learn to use your new abilities. From there you can venture forth into the Dragon Isles, a lush and primal region filled with elemental energy. It will feature four standard areas and the new starting zone, with icy wastes, lava-filled areas, forests and coasts. All the standard biomes for a video game!
All players will also be able to earn a drake to customise and fly around the island. There will be millions of possible combinations, so no two drakes will look quite alike. Except all the ones called Nathan.
And long-time players will be overjoyed to hear that there will be a major reworking of existing features. The talent system is getting a revamp, the HUD is being improved, there’s a new crafting and profession system, and more.
For fans of WoW Classic, Wrath of the Lich King will return this year, taking players to two new parts of Northrend Borean Tundra or Howling Fjord—and (re-)adventure through a, well, classic storyline from relatively early on in World of Warcraft’s life. It will bring back achivements, there’s the Inscription profession, Death Knights to play as and classic dungeons and raids like Azjol-Nerub, the Culling of Stratholme, and the 25 or 10-player raid at Naxxramas.
There’s no word of when Dragonflight will get a full release yet, but blizzard will be holding an opt-in testing phase before then. Wrath of the Lich King will be coming later this year.