The MMO world is all a chatter about the upcoming expansion for World of Warcraft - the WARLORDS of DRAENOR.
Some of the news is good for players already deeply steeped in the World of Warcrafts amazing run of storylines and histories
with the level cap raising from the current 90 to an exciting 100 (I bet there will be level 100s within the first 24 hours). But
there is a price to pay for this new adventure - players will not be able to use their Flying Mounts, at least not to begin with.
This appears to be a step back as many players have invested a lot of real money and time (especially time) in gaining their
flying mounts and now they will have to use "public" transport or the good old four-legged friends which many of us tend to
forget now as flying is so much easier..
This expansion is due somewhere around September 2014 though Blizzard are already promoting pre-purchasing with bonuses.
If you purchase the $69.99 digital deluxe edition it comes with a bonus mount and pet for WoW, plus decals for StarCraft 2
and a pennant for Diablo 3. There is also a $49.99 standard edition with both editions including a free level 90 character boost
that will be unlocked immediately after pre-purchase. You can also buy additional level 90 character boosts for $60.00 each.
The expansion, the fifth, will introduce these and many other new features:-
- Draenor: which is a completely new world ready for exploration and plundering.
The Garrison: you will be able to build, maintain, upgrade and defend your own base - possibly this may be Guild based
also (unsure on this point atm)
- Level cap raised to 100 from the current 90
The ability to boost to 90 and play immediately; available only for one character per account (as you can buy additional
boosts I am not sure this one per account is accurate)
- New interface for account-bound heirlooms and toy items (about time the interface was revised, if only partially, IMHO).
The expansion is set after the events of World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria and takes place on the world of Draenor, the original
homeworld of the orcs, prior to its destruction and the creation of Outland as featured in Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal,
Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, and World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade. Legendary characters of Warcraft's past, such
as Grom Hellscream, Ner'zhul and Blackhand, will appear. At the end of Mists of Pandaria, Garrosh Hellscream is overthrown as
Warchief of the Horde by a combined Alliance-Horde force and taken into custody by the Pandaren so that he can stand trial for the
atrocities he committed in Pandaria. However, before he can be judged, Garrosh escapes captivity and, with the aid of a mysterious
ally, travels back in time to the orcish homeworld of Draenor prior to the rise of the Horde. He creates an alternate timeline by
preventing the orcish clans from drinking the blood of the demon lord Mannoroth, which led to their corruption by the Burning Legion
and played a major role in the events of the first three games. The clans unite into an "Iron Horde", using technology Garrosh brought
from his time, and begin a war of conquest on Draenor, building a Dark Portal that would allow them to travel through time and lay
siege to Azeroth of the present era.