WoW is the most popular MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) around today. While it might seem like the odds are stacked heavily against it, World of Warcraft is primed to have a huge surge in popularity as the final half of the year comes along. Unfortunately, Legion was not a fan favorite among World of Warcraft gamers, nor did it live up to expectations. What will this year bring for the hugely popular World of Warcraft?
One of the biggest things World of Warcraft has going for it right now is the endgame content – the best way for players to level up and progress throughout the game. I included two new classes in previous expansions: the Hunter and the Mage, each with their own unique starter guide, progression path, and even eventual endgame boss. The Mage’s learning path was one of the most complicated, requiring players to learn lots of important information about the mystical world of Arcane. But with the introduction of the Mage’s primary class, Fire, players can finally tackle some of the more complex aspects of the game and really get some out of their role-playing.
While we’ve seen some fantastic World of Warcraft stories and moments, we’ve also been witnesses of some less-than-honest World of Warcraft storytelling. One of the biggest complaints about the first expansion, Wrath of the Lich King, was the sudden emphasis on the player character’s “hero” status. This made the character feel like an expansion was released to pad the players’ wallets. World of Warcraft players are used to having to work hard to earn their money, making the introduction of such an all-important aspect of the game disappointing.
Despite this disappointment, Wrath of the Lich King did introduce some exciting new features that WoW players will definitely appreciate. One such feature is the new leveling experience. For those who were left off at the pass by Wrath of the Lich King, the idea of going straight from level one to level eighty is a little disheartening. Thankfully, with the new expansion, WoW players now have a new option: leveling through shadowlands. Along with the old leveling system, this new leveling experience provides much more freedom and opportunity to get both new and old players involved in the game’s exciting current state.
As I mentioned above, the new expansion introduced two new races: the Worgen and the Draenei. Each of these races has new customization options, and each provides a different leveling experience curve. The Worgen, for instance, provides the ability to transform into a miniatures cat, complete with a tail. This cat mount can be utilized by either a member of the Horde or the Alliance and affords excellent benefits to players using it. Meanwhile, the Draenei, much like the Worgens, offer their unique look and feel when transformed.
Another exciting addition to World of Warcraft is the new realm-wide quest line, known as the Dragonlance. The storyline of the game is centered around Prince Arthas, son of King Varian, and is divided into two parts. Part one, called the Sunwell, is located in the continent of Kalimdor, where players trek towards the Well of Strahkhar. Part two, named the Shadowfang Keep, takes players to Northrend, where they’re presented with a tale of intrigue and redemption.
While these two new features are certainly exciting, World of Warcraft also promises a number of other exciting features. For instance, the upcoming Cataclysm will introduce a brand new expansion that will add brand new stories to the game and introduce a new type of leveling experience. Players who play during the two developments will get an early taste of the new expansion’s content by receiving the ‘Mists of Pandaria’ patch, which will include brand new content, a few special rewards, and an overhauled leveling system. Plus, players who purchase the special cataclysm bundle, which includes the Mists of Pandaria pack and the World of Warcraft Wrath of the Lich King expansion, will be given a free, special skin for their account!
This is only the tip of the iceberg, too. Several more new features are coming to World of Warcraft in the next two years. However, even with all of that, it looks like the World of Warcraft Cataclysm will be the endgame for the game. That means that the races will have completely different roles in the future, instead of being Alliance and Horde. This might be good news or bad, depending on how you feel about the current state of WoW.