This year World of Warcraft celebrates its 16th anniversary. On this occasion, among others, Blizzard is releasing the eighth major expansion called Shadowlands. The game's director, Ion Hazzikostas, promises that the expansion's release will be the best time to start playing WoW since its debut in 2004.
Not everyone has to like World of Warcraft and not everyone had to play this MMORPG production. However, I think we can all agree that WoW is already a cult title that will forever go down in gaming history. There are many reasons for this, such as being the most popular MMORPG on the planet for a very long time. This year World of Warcraft turns 16 and on this occasion to the players will hit the eighth addition called Shadowlands. What will change in Azeroth?
World of Warcraft Shadowlands perfect for new players?
On the one hand, the game, which is developed for 16 years is a dream for every player. Admittedly, from time to time you have to pay for new additions, but the possibility of communing with the beloved world for such a long time is something that can attract. However, this approach also raises a whole host of problems. If someone has never played World of Warcraft, it will be difficult for him to join the adventure after such a long time and with so many additions to deal with. The vastness of the world may simply discourage someone who just wants to check out the universe of Azeroth.
- It's daunting for new players. One of the things we've discovered over the years is that we have hundreds of hours of story to tell, but we don't want it to take that long to catch up with friends or get to the latest content. So we decided over time to speed up the game. This unfortunately led us to a place where the pace of our game was not what it should be. This was especially overwhelming for all the new people arriving at this stage," said Ion Hazzikostas, World of Warcraft game director at Blizzard Entertainment.
That's why the developers have decided to make some changes in the new add-on World of Warcraft: Shadowlands. This one will be released later this year and according to Hazzikostas it will be the best time to start playing WoW since 2004, when the game itself debuted. Initially, players will learn in a nutshell what the Horde and Covenant are and what has happened over the years. The next step will be playing the Battle for Azeroth add-on. After a few dozen hours new players will know the game world and all the mechanics and thus should be ready to start the adventure in Shadowlands.
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands
WoW: Shadowlands will debut later this year. The story will focus on Sylvana, who will open a portal to the undead world. Beta testing of the expansion will begin this week.