WoW has been dominating the MMORPG genre for over 5 years now — it turns 6 on November 23rd of this year — and despite its age it still retains its dominance and recently reached the impressive milestone of 12 million subscribers. Needless to say it’s a lot of work to keep the game interesting after so long and with two expansions under its belt the folks at Blizzard decided it was time to shake the world up a bit.
And they mean “shake the world” quite literally:
That’s Deathwing the Destroyer. He was last seen in Warcraft II Tides of Darkness all the way back in 1995 when Warcraft was a series of real-time strategy games and not the 800 pound gorilla of MMORPGs. If you really want to know you can read up on his lore at his WoWWiki page, but suffice it to say that he’s the Lord Voldemort of the WoW story in that he’s an incredibly powerful dragon aspect originally tasked with dominion over the earth and the deep places of Azeroth who was driven mad by the Old Gods and ended getting his ass handed to him by the good guys when he tried to intervene in one of the great wars.
As you can see in the video, he’s back, he’s pissed, and Azeroth will never be the same again. Almost the entirety of the original game, what you would experience in progressing from level 1 to level 60, is being revamped in every way. Everything from how the various classes play to the quests you’ll do to the geography of the game itself is being modified with some of the changes already live in the current game (classes, talents, and glyphs have had a major reworking on the live servers). The changes are major enough that I’m surprised this isn’t being released as World of Warcraft 2 as that’s what usually happens when an MMORPG is changed this much from its original version.
The whole world is going to hell and I can’t wait to experience it.