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Blizzard today unveiled the next expansion to World of Warcraft: Dragonflight.
World of Warcraft was launched in 2004, but expansions and updates have kept the MMO alive. Dragonflight will be WoW’s 9th expansion.
World of Warcraft has faced an unparalleled level of criticism in recent years. The last two expansions, Battle for Azeroth and Shadowlands, upset many fans with over-complicated but unbalanced systems and half-baked stories. And the reports of misconduct at Blizzard have turned off many players as well.
The decline in WoW’s popularity has given other MMOs, including Final Fantasy XIV and recent endeavors like Lost Ark, a chance to grow audiences. World of Warcraft has already made some concessions to players, including announcing requested features such as cross-faction gameplay.
Dragonflight adds a new playable race and class. Dracthyr is a new draconian race that also has a humanoid form. It is a neutral race, meaning they can join either faction. They can only be the new Evoker class (no other races can roll Evoker). This class can be a healer or a ranged DPS. They will wear a coat of mail. It is a hero class that starts at level 58 and has its own starting zone.
While previous expansions have introduced systems and features that last only a single expansion, Blizzard promises more permanent and meaningful updates in Dragonflight. This includes a new talent system that brings back trees instead of talent rows.
Dragonflight aims to bring players back to a higher fantasy world. It also revamps the MMO’s user interface and crafting systems.
Dragon Riding is a new feature that allows players to fly in a new way on a customizable companion. This includes exploring the expansion’s five new zones, which take place on the Dragon Isles, a mysterious location long haunted in Warcraft lore. Level 70 will be the new limit. And of course players get new dungeons and raids.
The expansion has no release date.
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