Details About World Of Warcraft’s Warlords Of Draenor Emerge

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The next installment of the world’s largest and most successful massively multiplayer online game, World of Warcraft, is getting its fourth expansion sometime in the middle of 2014.  The expansion called Warlords of Draenor is doing many, many things to upgrade the game which was originally released a decade ago in 2004.  While many of the details of the game are not known at this point, some exciting changes are definitely in the pipelines.

One of the first changes to the game is a much needed cosmetic upgrade.  While the underlying engine is not getting an overhaul, a significant amount of detail will be added onto the game.  Blizzard has decided to undertake the monumental task of upgrading the unit models of all the original races in the game to possibly surpass the new character model levels that are present in their current expansion, Mists of Pandaria.  This includes upgrading, or rather actually including, facial movements and more complex facial structures, updated expressions, and other general improvements to the character models.

The new models are hardly something that can even compare to the top end of graphical capabilities displayed in other games currently out, but the changes are pretty major considering that Blizzard is working off of a 10 year old engine.  Below is an example of some of the updated details.

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Beyond the cosmetic changes are some pretty significant changes to the gameplay elements.  One of the writers is quoted as saying that “we’re also looking to get back to the roots of dungeon content this expansion, and ensuring that they’re not only a significant part of leveling and story experience, but taht they also play their part in helping you gear up and get ready for raiding”.  This is a bit of a change to the current status quo, where there is essentially no motivation to participate in 5 person dungeons.

They have also announced that the more difficult “heroic” versions of dungeons will be significantly more difficult so that they are actually relevant for end game content.

However, the biggest changes come at the end game level of raiding.  The current system that World of Warcraft employs includes a raid finder system that forms 25 man raids that are the lowest tier of gear, followed by the flexible system, which scales according to how many players the group has and then 10 and 25 man raids that have both normal and heroic difficulties.

Going forward however, this will be entirely different.  The lower end raid finder will be the same as it currently is, but there will no longer be set 10 and 25 man normal and heroic raids.  These raids will now be changed to normal and heroic difficulties, but will combine it with the flexible system so that the raids scale according to weather the group has 10 to 25 people.   Additionally, the game will be adding a higher difficulty level known as Mythic that will require a set number at 20 people to participate in.   Mythic level difficulty is expected to be a significant step up in difficulty and is targeted toward the highest end of player bases which have been a bit alienated in recent expansion packs.

The loot system will also be revamped, with the new raids dropping gear relative to the amount of people who are participating.  The current raiding system will also be changed a bit, with raids no longer being broken up into sections in the case of raid finder and flexible, but they will now just employ the entire raid, so the system will be find a group, zone in, and have all the bosses available.

Writers and developers have stated that Warlords of Draenor will have a stronger emphasis on lore and storytelling, something that I feel the game has lacked in the past to some degree.

Currently there is no firm release date for the expansion, and the closed beta has also not started yet but is expected to start soon.

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  • James Taylor

    I love it! Loads of WoW nerds raging on Ronnie. Keep the faith people :)

  • Eric Farlow

    I believe WoW IS infact going to be upto, present day MMO standards, it doesnt look like real life, no! but thats not what WoW is about, when have you seen a cow running around zapping things with lightning and beatin things down with a sword on your day to day routine? NEVER. The animation and cartoony Clarity is gettin massively better with WoD. Look at Animated movies… To say that WoWs graphics are “not upto parr with current day MMOs,” is like comparing Pixars Cartoony animations to Lord of the Rings. They are VERY different concepts and styles. Lack of realism doesnt make the Graphics any less spectacular. I am in love with the new models so far. The Clarity and motion is amazing.

  • JimmyCrackCorn

    Fifth, Vanilla does not count you dumb shit BioBlizzard. You forgot Lich King. BC, LK, Cata, MOP and now WOD. Get your shit streight.
    Ronnie nobody cares how much money you make, you probley had your parents buy your way through school you little virgin cunt. Computer Club, Computer Club. FAG.
    And yes many people still play WoW, but Fucking Level 100? like seriously Blizzard, people don’t wanna sit there for 2 months leveling one character anymore, Fuck sticks.
    If i play and play untill the next expansion to get all the best shit, once the expansion comes out, green gear will be better for level 91 then my 562 cloak would be, that took me forever to get. Fuck that shit.
    Is there really a point to play right now? or Renew so early? Nope.

    • Kj

      I’m sure the 608 cloak would of taken longer up to 6 months so I figure you wasted your time spending ages getting a cloak which is irrelevant in the new expansion

    • Kaia

      Thank god you don’t want to renew or play right now. People like you ruin the game for everyone. I don’t need you on my server or in my guild.

  • BioBlizard23

    Its the 5th expansion. Vanilla, BC, Wrath, Cata, Mists. Wod

  • BreastfeedingGrandma

    Paragraph under ogre.. typo “that”

  • Garithros86

    7.8 million still play wow.

  • Chris Wortman

    5th installment! **** correction

  • JimPAladin

    Poorly written article over all. Typos, incorrect facts, months old ‘news’. Not to mention the fact that the new WoW models are top standard and ARE on the level of all the other MMOs of the current era, so where the writer of the article got “they’re still not as good as other games” is beyond me.

    • Ronnie

      WoW is nowhere close to graphics of recent MMOs for (obvious) reasons… do you think WoW has better graphics thann… let’s say GW2?

      I do not play MMO games at all, as well as I’m not loyal to any franchise or anything, but have decent knowledge in software engineering and I just wanted to point this out that WoW’s graphics is INDEED old and isn’t close to current MMOs and in fact it’s even worst than 2-3 years ago released MMOs(games)…. WoW has been running on the same engine for YEARS and no matter how much editing/updating you do it’s still the same old engine with its limited expendability and features, so all the maximum they can do is just “BEAUTIFY” the overall textures.

      • thetruth

        Graphics yes wow is up to par with the new models what you are referring too is the cartoon style animation compared to other games and that’s purely based on opinion on which is better but no wow is not behind on graphics anymore…

        • Ronnie

          Well, I believe I’m enough knowledgeable to differentiate the “cartoonish” look from “pure graphics”, WoW’s graphics engine uses the same engine as Warcraft 3 does with some modifications which in it’s turn happen to be years old; The reason new models seem to be more “graphically” advanced is due to advanced modeling software that offer higher textures renderings; So the bottom line is “better renderings” doesn’t make “better graphics” it makes “fancy looking”, “better graphics” is relative to “better engine”

          what would make one to assume that years old game can possibly be on par with recent released games? I think it’s quite logical to realize as time goes on the technology gets more advanced, so isn’t it logical to think that newly released games should look better than old ones? it’s actually as simple as that…

          look for some GW2 and WoW GPU benchmarks for instance, so then you might get the bigger picture of this discussion.

        • Darian DePasquale

          Ronnie, you have simply ATROCIOUS grammar. I honestly don’t understand how you have a job as an IT tech/web developer. I mean, thank you for existing you give me, a high-school student, encouragement that I can succeed in this world. Honestly I just made an account so I could literally tell you how odious your writing is! You made up words and used words incorrectly.

        • Ronnie

          Believe it or not having a high-school diploma doesn’t make you any successful in this world in contrast to one who doesn’t have it, it takes lots of IQ and EQ(which apparently none-existent in your character) to succeed in life. Being a grammar whore doesn’t get you an IT/Web developer job, the knowledge in that field gets you a job, couldn’t guess this much sir? here you go… I’m IT guy have 3 years experience in BestBuy geek squad, currently work as individual web developer, assembly agent for my friend’s PC store as well as technician at my local college. I make pretty decent money for my age, so in other words I make enough to cover all my needs and some to spoil myself; So… at the end of the day, I’m on my half way to succeed in the life, because I’ve all necessary things one needs and then some, now…. who gives single flying fu*k if you grammar is better than mine when in ACTUAL experience I do better than most? don’t be foolish and think your better English knowledge is going to get you somewhere, there are millions of successful people in US that barely put a sentence together use your EQ.

          btw:… I’ve moved to United States just four and half years ago and didn’t know a word when arrived, so I’m still a student in college and soon going to transfer to CSUN for computer science, bottom line: move your brain cells instead of tripping on someone’s grammar that possibly can do much better in life and won’t give a damn about your better grammar.

          best regards, Ronnie.

        • lol

          You might want to look up the definition of “literally” before you slate others for using words incorrectly (;

        • James Taylor

          Someone hit a nerve with you ha ha ha ha and you’re wrong.

        • johndoe

          just curious, which word was made up?

  • arterius2

    lol people still play wow? wow…

    • BasedGod

      7.8 million still play, fuck outta here you fucking faggot. Bomb yo shit up, sucking dick bitch bitch, faggot ass bitch, bitch ass faggot.

      • SebRa

        WoW.

      • scott

        You really give us wow players a good name, nice one

      • Ronnie

        lol that’s cute:)

      • BasedGod

        I was obviously trolling…

        • arterius2

          clearly you aren’t old enough to be allowed access to internet.

      • johndoe

        your mom is a bitch ass faggot

  • BuckShaut

    “so that the raids scale according to weather”. And if it snows?