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Blizzard already has “general framework” in place for fifth WoW expansion

Friday, 23 March 2012 19:05 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Blizzard COO Paul Sams has tikd CVG he already knows what the next World of Warcraft expansion entails, and that SVP of creative development Chris Metzen and his team already “know what they’re going to be doing for multiple expansions ahead.”

Mists of Pandaria is the fourth expansion for WoW, and Sams said the “general framework” is already laid out for the fifth.

“They’re [the] lore creators. They’re the ones who drive what the world looks like today and what it’ll be like tomorrow and beyond,” he said. “I think the future of World of Warcraft continues to be bright and I think Mists of Pandaria is going to breathe huge life into what I believe is the best MMO out there.

“I think the number of people we have playing and the level of enthusiasm they have for the game suggests that to be the case. This is the next of many ways in which we’re going to grow and improve and evolve this game.”

The beta for Mists of Pandaria went live yesterday.

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9 Comments

  1. fearmonkey

    The new expansion will be Fog of furries.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Cormac

    Alot of the people I played with are simply bored of wow and unless it’s completely overdone (not a chance since they’re already making another mmo) all these expansions won’t make me go back, and I assume all my friends who moved onto minecraft/star wars

    #2 3 years ago
  3. GwynbleiddiuM

    Metzen already said in BlizConn they’re planning Illidan’s resurrection so I take it we might have a chance to revisit the Outland or other realms, that are tied to that lore.

    @2 My entire old guild left to play SWTOR and they’re all returning back to WoW, no matter how repetitive WoW became, there’s not a single title out there (except EVE Online and really soon GW2) at their core are not really any different from WoW. I played most of them except SWTOR (since they block IPs to an entire region these days) and there are not really any distinctive changes anywhere. Yeah, Rift has a cool talent system which grows boring and frustrating by the minute and a stupid lore that no one cares.

    So no, people are looking for different things but it’s nowhere to be found. So they eventually either return for new WoW expansions or move on to newer titles to give them a try, trust me that’s the pattern, been there a lot.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. DSB

    @3 I doubt that GW2 is going to move very many things forward compared to games like Rift and SWTOR. The hype does seem to be hyping itself somewhat at this point, probably fueled by how fed up most people are with everything else. The same thing happened with SWTOR. As opposed to SWTOR, GW2 is going to get serious about the gameplay though, and that’s where it’s gonna make a difference.

    I’m still pretty skeptical about using the game as a storefront, I’d much rather have a subscription, but either way, it’s gonna be the first MMO I play since WoW.

    WoW was always its own worst enemy. Right now I think everybody’s been there, and done that. There aren’t a lot of new customers out there. If they lost subscriptions, it was usually down to a mistake on the behalf of the developers, or a decision that sent some people away to bring in others.

    That’s one thing I don’t miss about playing MMOs. If you really become a nerd and specialize yourself in playing a certain way, and you’re serious about raiding with a bunch of good friends, then it really sucks to have things turned on their head, or having to adopt a completely different playing style every time the developers get bored.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    “Metzen already said in BlizConn they’re planning Illidan’s resurrection ”

    This can’t go any worse than there already is.
    How about ressurecting, Lich King?

    That’s just bullshit in my opinion.

    They are already making Garrosh as the biggest enemy in Pandaria which is a stupid and not the most creative thing ever.

    @4, “I doubt that GW2 is going to move very many things forward compared to games like Rift and SWTOR. The hype does seem to be hyping itself somewhat at this point, probably fueled by how fed up most people are with everything else.”

    It sure will move a lot, because Guild Wars 1 was innovative to begin with, but it had not the strongest PR support when it came out.

    This time around it’s completely different and they are making it more sandbox (which people like)

    “I’m still pretty skeptical about using the game as a storefront, I’d much rather have a subscription, but either way, it’s gonna be the first MMO I play since WoW.”

    Guild Wars will not use the subscription system but there will be a lot of Addons + they will sell a bunch of emotes and pets via Nc Soft store like they did with the first game and it worked for them.
    It’s just a different Business model that Nc Soft wanted to be a king.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. DSB

    @5 Even if we pretend that WoW lore was ever anything but tacky and borrowed material, how do you reckon?

    Illidan used to be a good guy, and just like Garrosh, he was eventually turned by hatred.

    Kel’thuzad was killed and resurrected by Arthas in Warcraft 3.

    And the Lich King is still very much alive. He now occupies Bolvar Fordragon.

    WoW hasn’t ever tried to make more sense than your average soap opera, it’s a functional narrative meant to keep the game going. Complaining about things like pandaren (when you already have anthropomorphic cows, bears, wolverines, serpents and wolves) just seems a little odd.

    Didn’t you realize it was a pretty relativistic universe until now?

    I haven’t seen anything to suggest that Guild Wars 2 is going to try to turn anything on its head. It’s still going to be the same formula, but it’s going to be improved and it looks like they’re making a big effort on levelling especially.

    This is a pretty good preview series:

    http://www.quartertothree.com/fp/2012/02/20/guild-wars-2-diving-in/

    http://www.quartertothree.com/fp/2012/02/21/guild-wars-2-that-ding-ding-ding/

    http://www.quartertothree.com/fp/2012/02/22/guild-wars-2-when-worlds-collide/

    I’m sure everybody wants to see it kill the old MMOs with fire, but let’s see how people feel once it’s actually out there. It’s not hard to maintain a boner when you’re spending 5 minutes skimming through a preview, but you’re talking about a game that has to last for hundreds of hours.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Erthazus

    @DSB, Bolvar Fordragon as the lich king is kinda meh… We don’t know much about him so i though that his story will be somewhere in Warcraft 4. I will be surprised if they are going to milk Northrend again… at some point.

    “WoW hasn’t ever tried to make more sense than your average soap opera, it’s a functional narrative meant to keep the game going. ”

    Warcraft for me was never about soap opera. For me it was about: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFoQ9Sy33hc

    Medieval “motherfucking” battle, destruction and etc. between Orcs and Humans and that’s why current WOW model is … shit. But with pandarians it is The shit on the completely different level and we can call it LoveCraft for now.

    About Guild Wars 2. Wow, these are some fantastic previews. Thank You DSB.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. DSB

    @7 I see your point, although I appreciate the variety of races, but I don’t see how the story has gotten worse. It was never great. It always relied on style.

    I’m glad they got it right and managed to prove the MMORPG to the world, but I wish they’d put their minds to doing something special at this point.

    Personally I’d prefer if they did Warcraft 4. I don’t understand how they can make a game as great as Warcraft 3 and just leave it there. In my opinion it stands head and shoulders above any RTS.

    It’s also about getting back to their singleplayer roots and honoring that. I really didn’t see any point to playing the singleplayer in Starcraft 2. Beyond the zombie mission, it was a pretty superficial tack-on to the multiplayer. I still haven’t gotten my 60 dollars worth out of that game.

    They definitely want to build communities into everything now, and that’s a shame. Then again, back when they did Diablo 2, everybody was demanding a better online component, so they could be damned if they do, and damned if they don’t.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Levester

    Im in the Mists of Pandaria beta and ive been playing like mad. its extremely buggy at this point and very few keys DONT crash the game. having said that, I promise that this expansion will captivate any REAL wow player. it feels like vanilla. it plays like vanilla. if u like mmos, if u like warcraft lore, if u like the REAL (vanilla) World of Warcraft, Mists of Pandaria will not disappoint you.

    #9 3 years ago

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    Epic Games is creating Unreal Tournament using Unreal Engine 4 running on DirectX 12, which Microsoft says “sets a new bar for visual fidelity.” DirectX 12 is a single API developers can access across Windows devices, which can result in a 20% improvement in performance over DX11 running on the same machine. The Unreal Tournament […]

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]

  • Microsoft offers up more details on Spencer’s GDC 2015 talk

    Microsoft has provided more details on Cross-Buy functionality between Windows 10 and Xbox One as well as the Xbox Live SKU and other announcements made during Phil Spencer’s talk today. During the session, the head of Xbox shared “the next step” in the company’s plans for a unified platform across all Windows 10 devices which […]

  • Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 this summer

    Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 as a Game of the Year Edition. inXile Entertainment announced the news on the PS Blog, noting the edition contains enhancements and improvements. The game has been ported to Unity 5, which was announced over the weekend, providing upgraded visual effects, “improved character models, upgraded environments, and Unity […]

  • Cross-Buy detailed for Windows 10 and Xbox One; Elite: Dangerous coming to Xbox One

    During Xbox boss Phil Spencer’s session at GDC 2015 today, it was announced Elite: Dangerous would release on Xbox One. Spencer also outlined cross-buy functionality across Windows 10 and Xbox One. Spencer’s talk started off with Frontier Developments announcing Elite: Dangerous for release this summer as a console debut on Xbox One, suggesting the Elite: […]

  • Longbeards Culture Pack available now for Total War: Attila

    The Longbeards Culture Pack is now available for Total War: Attila and it comes with three new playable factions. The Langobards, the Burgundians and the Alamans can be played in both single and multiplayer campaign modes as well as custom and multiplayer battles. A new feature called The Lay of Ybor is also included. It […]

  • Nvidia unveils Titan X as world’s “most advanced GPU” – video

    Nvidia revealed Titan X as “the world’s most advanced GPU” during Epic founder Tim Sweeney’s State of Unreal session a t GDC 2015 today. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took the stage during the panel stating it contains “8 billion transistors,” and has 12GB of RAM. Pricing wasn’t announced, but it was rumored back in January […]

  • Steam sale discounts titles announced for SteamOS

    With many of the year’s most popular games heading to SteamOS, Valve has decided to host sale in celebration. Here’s a short list of titles on sale. The full list of PC, Linux, Mac and SteamOS discounts can be found through the link. The Banner Saga Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Batman: Arkham […]

  • PayDay 2 announced for SteamOS, celebrating with franchise sale

    PayDay 2 is coming to SteamOS, Overkill has announced. Still under development, a release date will be announced at a later date. “Making sure PAYDAY 2 is available on SteamOS felt like a no-brainer,” said Bo Andersson Klint, CEO of Starbreeze in the press release. “With PAYDAY 2: Crimewave Edition coming to the next generation […]

  • Magicka 2 has a release date and a crazy new trailer

    Magicka 2 has a release date for PC and the PlayStation 4, and Paradox Interactive has released a trailer featuring “Vlad’s latest lyrical triumph,” which is his rendition of the Game of Thrones theme. Magicka arrived on PC and PS4 May 26 and the game can be pre-ordered on PC beginning today, with PS4 pre-orders […]

  • Nintendo eShop schedule: Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone, others

    Nintendo has sent over a list of titles heading to the eShop in 2015. The schedule contains titles such as Affordable Space Adventures, Runbow, Swords & Soldiers 2, Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. Below a preliminary list of games scheduled to launch in the Nintendo eShop on […]

  • Week 8: Can you win the weekly VG247 GTA Online playlist? Play tonight at 8pm UK time!

    We’re hotdogging tonight. I don’t even know what that means. Eight weeks of ridiculous death. Such a brave, true milestone. We’re going to celebrate two entire months of playing weekly GTA Online playlists with VG247 readers with Hotdogging, a set of six jobs I named completely at random. This one ends with a straight-up border […]

  • Puzzle platformer Four Sided Fantasy coming to PC, consoles in early 2016

    Curve Digital and developer Logan Fieth’s studio Ludo Land are bringing puzzle platformer, Four Sided Fantasy, to PC all major consoles in early 2016. Ludo Land are developing the PC version, with Curve Digital handling the console and Vita versions. Four Sided Fantasy tasks players with venturing across “dreamlike levels” by controlling and manipulating the […]

  • Tropico 5 arrives on PS4 in April – video

    A release date for Tropico 5 on PlayStation 4 has been announced. This is the franchise’s first foray onto PlayStation consoles. It arrived in Europe on April 24 and in North America on April 28. A Limited Edition has also been announced, and it includes The Big Cheese DLC and the Bayo Del Olfato sandbox […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Limited Edition PS4 releasing in Asia

    A limited edition Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain PlayStation 4 system will be released in Asia. The system and its DualShock controller were designed in collaboration with Konami Digital Entertainment and targeted for the Asia region, per Gematsu. It will be released as part of PS4 Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain […]

  • This video shows Sid Meier’s Starships being played on iPad

    Sid Meier’s Starships will be released on iPad alongside Mac and PC, and to give you an idea on how it plays on the tablet, a new video has been released. Watch below as Pete Murray and lead producer Stuart Zissu show off the iPad version. The 4X space-strategy releases on March 12.

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood announced as standalone prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a standalone prequel to The New Order, will release May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The game takes pace in 1946, and and players take on the role of B.J. Blazkowicz as he embarks on a two-part mission in Bavaria. Part one, Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves, […]

  • Observer Mode coming soon to Evolve as a free update

    Observer Mode will be released for Evolve as a free update for all platforms, 2K and Turtle Rock have announced. The community feature was designed to give Evolve players the ability to observe and add commentary as well as livestream, allowing a sixth user to “passively enter a custom game” with the ability to switch […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes and PS4 top Media Create charts in Japan

    The PlayStation 3 and PS4 skus for Dragon Quest Heroes were the top sellers on the Media Create charts in Japan, moving a combined 594,749 units. Elsewhere on the chart, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D was in third place with 39,751 units moved, and last week’s top seller, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, […]

  • Watch Hideo Kojima answer lots of your burning Phantom Pain questions

    What’s better than learning the official release date of MGS5: The Phantom pain? Hideo Kojima talking more about it, of course! Hideo Kojima has decided to answer a few fan questions about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, to help boost everyone’s hype to insane levels. He talks about the game’s story, his relief […]

  • MGS5: The Phantom Pain Day 1 and Collector’s Edition revealed

    Konami has officially revealed the release date of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain alongside the game’s Day 1 and Collector’s Edition. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will release September 1, worldwide, as previously leaked. It will be available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The PC Steam […]

  • EU Club Nintendo: Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack back in stock

    Club Nintendo members in Europe can once again pick up The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack. For 3000 Stars, members of the program will receive the double-CD soundtrack which features 89 tracks with liner notes from Ryo Nagamatsu and 12 sheet music excerpts. It also comes with 16 Milk Bar Musician pieces. […]

  • HTC apologises over “confusing” Half-Life VR comments

    HTC has misspoke when it talked about Half-Life coming to VR headset Vive. HTC chairwoman Cher Wang has apologised over the comments she made yesterday about the possibility of Half-Life coming to Vive, the VR headset it’s manufacturing with the help of Valve. Sources close to Valve, have indicated to the BBC that the developer […]

  • What do Heists and Daily Objectives tell us about the future of GTA Online?

    Daily Objectives could be more important to GTA Online than Heists. These theories and more, from a giddy Matt Martin. Yesterday Rockstar dropped a bombshell. Not only is it releasing Heists next week – the mythical 4-player missions for GTA Online – but it’s also going to be introducing daily challenges and more modes to […]

  • Breaking down Hardline Premium, is it worth it?

    Having been announced just a few days ago, the Premium service for Battlefield Hardline has been a topic of constant debate among the Battlefield community. Many look at Hardline as a Battlefield off-shoot that will just tide everyone over until Battlefront comes out in the fall. EA has other plans however, announcing a $50 Premium […]

  • Watch Dogs sold more than GTA 5 and FIFA 15 in Australia in 2014

    Watch Dogs outsold GTA 5, and FIFA 15, at retail in Australia last year. According to data obtained by the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) from the NPD Group Australia, last year’s year retail sales charts look a bit different in Australia. The top-selling game was Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, followed by Watch […]

  • Watch PC footage of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from GDC 2015

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a new gameplay video available that shows a bit of action from the PC version. The video below was captured from Nvidia’s GDC conference live-stream. Developer CD Projekt RED was on hand to show off The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s graphical prowess running on a PC. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • Dying Light: Hard Mode and Ultimate Survivor Bundle out March 10

    Dying Light’s second DLC drop, the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, and the free Hard Mode, have been given a solid release date alongside a new trailer. Dying Light developer Techland has confirmed that the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, the game’s second DLC drop, will release March 10. The DLC is part of the season pass, but will […]

  • Exploration puzzler Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4

    Ether One, the first-person exploration game that puts you in the minds of other people to help change events of their past is coming to PlayStation 4 this year. Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4 this year, developer White Paper Games announced at GDC 2015. A retail version will also be available alongside the […]

  • Larian “murdered” Divinity: Dragon Commander to focus on Original Sin

    Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian talked very candidly about the business side of development and the many unfortunate events that took place for the game to come out as it did. Larian Studios founder Swen Vincke gave a post-mortem on the troubled development of Divinity: Original Sin, and how it managed to overcome all of […]