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World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor expansion announced


Keith Stuart

World of Warcraft developer Blizzard has announced a new expansion for its long-running massively multiplayer online fantasy game. Warlords of Draenor, which involves the return of an ancient evil to the world, adds a brand new area to the vast map, introduces new enemy types and raises the level cap to 100. Players will also be able to build and upgrade their own garrisons.

The revelation was made amid the chaos of the company's annual fan event, Blizzon. "We thought what if a pantheon of the worst villains could threaten our homelands again?" said Chris Metzen, senior VP or story and franchise development. Although plot details were not revealed, fans are expecting evil warlords Grom Hellscream and Kil'Jaeden to figure highly.

Blizzard also used the Blizzcon opening event to show more of Heroes of the Storm, a multiplayer arena battle game for PC featuring characters from Starcraft, World of Warcraft and Diablo. Audience members cheered loudly when design director Dustin Browder revealed that popular warriors like Arthas, Kerrigan and Diablo are all playable. There's no release date yet, but the beta test is now live.

Blizzard CEO Rob Pardo also took to the stage to announce that much-anticipated card trading game, Hearthstone, will be coming to Android and iOS as well as PC and Mac. The titles smartphone versions are in development but no release date was confirmed. Also, the PC/Mac open beta will be beginning in December – "Although knowing Blizzard it will be more like January," Pardo joked. Attendees were also given a limited edition Elite Tauran Chieftan card, named after the Blizzard in-house band, who write and perform WoW-themed songs.

More details are expect during the rest of the Blizzon event.

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