In November 2017, Blizzard Entertainment announced their latest expansion “Battle for Azeroth.” The expansion follows a revival for the game after two controversial expansions that lead to large subscriber losses, Legion. The Legion expansion has dealt with the Warcraft universe’s big bad, the Warcraft equivalent of the Devil as some might say, Sargeras and his Burning Legion. The Battle for Azeroth seems to have had some mixed reactions from the fan base as the World of Warcraft has gone from killing big bads and fighting existential threats such as the Burning Crusade in The Burning Crusade expansion, the Lich King in the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, and Deathwing in the Cataclysm expansion, to playing with pandas and fighting with your emotions in the Mists of Pandaria expansion to time travelling orcs or something in the Warlords of Draenor expansion. Legion represented a return to form since it was dealing with yet another existential in the form of the third Burning Legion invasion on Azeroth and Sargeras. However the Battle for Azeroth, in the minds of some fans, represents a shift in the successful formula of dealing with huge bad guys to faction warfare. While faction warfare has been present since Warcraft 1, the only time it has played a major role in the World of Warcraft MMO is in Mists of Pandaria, a rather controversial expansion so it is unsurprising that some people might be skeptical. Another issue might be that it doesn’t, on the face of it at least, seem to be as large of a threat as expansions of the past. While Blizzard confirmed that we, the Champions, will be fighting Queen Azshara at some point in the expansion, the beginning of the expansion will certainly be about faction warfare. Personally, I am excited for the new expansion. I can not wait to level my characters through the much anticipated forgotten human kingdom of Kul’ Tiras and the much desired sinking island and troll kingdom of Zandalar.
This expansion contains new forms of content such as allied races, plundering uncharted islands, and the all new Warfronts events. Allied races include 6 races: For the Horde you get the Highmountain Tauren, the Nightbourne, and the Zandalari Trolls. For the Alliance you get the Dark Iron Dwarves, the Alleria Windrunner’s new Void Elves, and the Lightforged Draenei. Champions will also have the chance to plunder new islands in search of treasure. But they will have to watch out for the enemy faction as they will also be trying to plunder the island. Warfronts give players the chance to be a part of the war effort. At Blizzcon, players were shown one of the Warfronts, Stromgarde in Arathi Highlands. Blizzard also plans to continue the Mythic+ keystone system as well as the world quest system.
Battle for Azeroth, in my opinion, looks like it was be a phenomenal expansion and a worthy followup to the Legion expansion, despite the mixed reactions its garnered.