The fifth expansion for the long-running MMO World of Warcraft finally has a release date. Blizzard has announced that Warlords of Draenor will officially launch on November 13, which is just about one year since it was announced at BlizzCon 2013.
Taking place in the titular land of Draenor, this expansion is set after the events of Mists of Pandaria, and brings players to the original home of the orcs. Fans of the series may remember that Draenor was previously destroyed prior to the events of The Burning Crusade, but alternate timeline hijinks will open up exploration of the non-savaged land.
The expansion will feature seven new areas to explore, as well as the requisite new battlegrounds, bosses, dungeons and raids. In an effort to get new players interested in World of Warcraft, the expansion will allow you to boost one character automatically to level 90. Those that have been playing the game for a long time can also look forward to reaching level 100, as the cap has been raised once again.
Warlords of Draenor will also include additional cosmetic upgrades for the various races and genders of the World of Warcraft universe, specifically for humans, orcs and gnomes. Players can also recruit non-playable characters to do their bidding by building and maintaining garrisons, which is basically a fancy word for base.
While the MMO industry continues to evolve and release new entries every year, World of Warcraft keeps chugging along. Frankly, I’m still surprised it is doing as well as it is, even with the recent news subscriptions are down. However, the title has built up a loyal fanbase over the years, mostly due to the goodwill Blizzard has generated over the years, but still.
We will continue to bring you the latest news on World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor in the lead-up to its November release.