Blizzard revealed the next World of Warcraft expansion will be announced on April 19, 2022. Up until then, we are left to hope and speculate on the story and features, but I believe it is not an exaggeration to state this may be the most important WoW expansion since The Burning Crusade. Back in 2007, it was just a matter of Blizzard demonstrating they could deliver a thrilling expansion, and expand the Warcraft story and world beyond the roads and fields of Azeroth. In 2022/2023, the challenge is to demonstrate the company has addressed the controversaries which marred its reputation and resulted in many staff and developers leaving, and the game play decisions which casted a dark shroud over Shadowlands and resulted in many players leaving for distant shores.
There Be Dragons Here?
Speculation has been high that the next expansion will return us to the sunny shores of Azeroth, and particularly, to the mysterious Dragon Isles. There are been several questionable “leaks” supporting the idea. Whether we travel to the Isles or not, placing the expansion on Azeroth allows completion of the Azeroth World Soul storyline and fits WoW’s historical expansion pattern. Could Blizzard throw us a curve ball to somewhere else?
What Dreams May Come?
The anticipation of new gameplay features and systems runs equally strong with the story. Ask a thousand WoW fans what changes would improve the game, and you can expect nearly a thousand different replies. We shall receive a glimpse of the future on April 19th. In the meantime, these article offer some ‘tweaks’ I wouldn’t mind seeing implemented:
Do you have ideas or desires you hope to see fulfilled on April 19th?