Blizzard Unveils New World Of Warcraft Expansion Legion, Beta Planned For Late 2015


Taking to the stage during the Gamescom event in Cologne, Germany, Blizzard addressed its, ahem, legions of World of Warcraft fans, who were all expecting one announcement in particular: the sixth and latest expansion for the genre-defining MMO. And the mega-publisher didn’t disappoint.

Building off last year’s Warlords of Draenor is the sixth and latest add-on, Legion, which will introduce budding adventurers to the realm of The Broken Isles. With a boosted level cap and a reworked player-vs-player combat system, this is the expansion WoW fans have long been demanding, and Blizzard will be hoping that World of Warcraft: Legion can at the very least curb the MMO’s dwindling subscription count.

No word of a release date as of yet, though Blizzard will host a beta test for the expansion later this year, indicating that the full release will occur at some point in early 2016.

For a detailed rundown of the new-fangled additions, here’s the word from Blizzard:

New Hero Class: Demon Hunter—Unleash the demon within as an all-new melee hero class gifted with preternatural mobility—and the ability to metamorphose into hellish new forms.

New Feature: Artifact Weapons—Smite the Legion with legendary weapons of lore. Earn Artifact power to unlock abilities and traits, and customize your weapon to suit your needs.

New Continent: The Broken Isles—Discover the fate of a lost night elf civilization, confront twisted fragments of the Emerald Nightmare, and hunt agents of the Legion in all-new zones.

New Feature: Order Hall—Whether you’re paladin or warlock, unite fellow NPC members of your class’s order to carry out missions at your command.

New PvP Honor System—Fight for fame, glory, and a range of new PvP-specific powers as you face the opposing faction in Arenas and Battlegrounds.

Boost to Level 100—Come fully prepared to battle the Legion with a level-100 character boost, and fight alongside your friends in this epic new chapter of World of Warcraft.

Eager fans can toss their name into the hat to be in with a chance of partaking in the beta test on Blizzard’s official site, while Legion is expecting to make its World of Warcraft debut in 2016.

Source: Blizzard

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