For the first time, Blizzard has shared a content material roadmap for World of Warcraft, committing itself to six vital updates to the Dragonflight growth in the next year.
Setting out the plans in a frank submit, government producer Holly Longdale acknowledged “the need to do better than we have at times in the recent past,” gesturing towards the (at greatest) combined reception from gamers to the ongoing endgame expertise of final two expansions, Battle for Azeroth and Shadowlands.
The final growth that WoW’s group appeared to unequivocally take pleasure in was 2016’s Legion, and Longdale pointed to it as an inspiration for the approach Blizzard desires Dragonflight to evolve. “Years after its release, Legion is remembered fondly as much for the 11-week content update cadence that served as the framework for its first year as it is for artifact weapons or Khadgar’s brilliant dad jokes,” she mentioned. “Our goal for Dragonflight is that there should always be something right around the corner, with a new update hitting our test realms shortly after the last one is live and in your hands.”
The six content material patches deliberate for 2023 can be “fairly evenly spaced,” she mentioned. Two mid-sized patches providing a combination of new content material and techniques updates can be adopted by a significant patch introducing a brand new raid, new zone, and new aggressive multiplayer season in the first half of the year. Then this rhythm will repeat in the second half of the year.
The next patch, in winter, will carry the already introduced Trading Post, an intriguing battle cross various that permits gamers to earn beauty gadgets normally solely offered in the in-game store. In spring, a brand new storyline will carry gamers again to the Forbidden Reach, the beginning zone for the new Dracthyr race.
After a tough interval that has seen many longtime World of Warcraft gamers desert the game for rivals like Final Fantasy 14, Dragonflight has been taking place nicely with gamers. The proposed 2023 roadmap is a strong plan that ought to assist shore up the game’s popularity even additional, and with Blizzard’s former story chief Chris Metzen returning to the fold to get the lore of the Warcraft franchise in order following some controversial choices, it appears issues are trying up for Blizzard’s 18-year-old warhorse.