Depending on where you start counting, World of Warcraft turns 14 this month. In that time, the game has seen a lot of changes, from Cataclysms to Azerite armors. Amongst those, the one which I personally dislike most is how exceptionally negative the community has become. This is of course not a Blizzard-specific problem and, in a way, reflects the state our society, but it’s BlizzCon this weekend so we’re in the spotlight.
There was a time when Blizzard only held its annual convention, which it operated at a loss, when it had big announcements. It has chosen to organize the event this year anyway, but sent its community managers ahead to temper expectations. After day 1, I think it’s safe to say that this strategy has failed.
It’s not that the announcements have been bad, with the exception of Diablo Immortal perhaps, they’re just smaller. And what people don’t realize about that game is that its not aimed at the west, but that realization would probably only serve to fan the flames.
While various subs melt down, however, I’d like to focus on the positives coming out of Anaheim. As more news becomes available over the next few days, I’ll update this post accordingly.
- New expansion: Rastakhan’s Rumble
Heroes of the Storm
- New cinematics: Lost Honor and Terror of Darkshore
- Classic will be released Summer 2019 as part of the regular subscription
- New details for WoW patches 8.1, 8.1.5 and 8.2 were revealed as well, including a Darkmoon Faire rollercoaster
- Patch 8.1 will hit December 11th
- Whomper is a new charity pet and plushie supporting Code.org
- And last but certainly not least, Warcraft III: Reforged has been announced
- Activision property Destiny 2 will be free for a limited time