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This Is <em>World of Warcraft</em>‘s Monumental New Expansion

World of Warcraft Warlords of Draenor screenshotWorld of Warcraft Warlords of Draenor screenshot
A screenshot from the video game World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor.Courtesy of Activision Blizzard

You’re going toe to toe with the Burning Legion in the next expansion, World of Warcraft wonks. On a mammoth green-backlit stage, wearing black button-ups with arcane symbology, Blizzard’s creative leads unveiled the studio’s sixth expansion to its 11-year-old online fantasy opus at Gamescom 2015 in Cologne.

It’s called World of Warcraft: Legion, and the usual expansion upticks apply: a 10 level character ceiling bump to 110, the obligatory new dungeons and raids, new “artifact” weapons (36 total, one for each specialization), class order halls, a new hero class (Demon Hunter) and a new continent to explore. Blizzard says that continent, dubbed the Broken Isles and extant in the lore, lies at the heart of Azeroth, calling it a “long forgotten graveyard continent” and “formerly a bustling Night Elves civilization.”

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World of Warcraft subscriptions have fallen dramatically over the past few years, most recently dropping from 7.1 million to 5.6 million players. In a recent earnings call, Activision said the game is still the top subscription-based title in the world. In the most recent quarter, Activision Blizzard revenue rose. The firm posted $759 million in revenue for the period, up from $658 million the same time last year. Profit came in at $93 million, double the amount last year.

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