Blizzard announce World of Warcraft Classic at BlizzCon 2017

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The previous expansion, World of Warcraft: Legion, was released back in 2016, while World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor made its debut three years ago in November 2014. As expected, we have a new expansion inbound, Battle for Azeroth, which gets back to the franchise's core conflict of the Alliance versus the Horde. After countless shutdowns, arguments, and meetings over the past few years, along with petitions begging the company to make a paid version of what they wanted, Blizzard is finally relenting with its own official take on the concept.

In an extensive interview with Polygon, World of Warcraft director Ion Hazzikostas discussed the game's journey since Warlords of Draenor-an expansion with poor endgame content partly responsible for driving almost 4 million subscribers away. All factions will work together within the confines of these new zones to recruit additional "allied races". The more powerful theHeart of Azeroth, the more powerful abilities can be given to the armor.

At BlizzCon 2017, Blizzard has announced the World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth expansion which will introduce new features and content. With that said, do you plan to hop into World of Warcraft Classic? Six new "allied races" join the fight, with three playable for each faction (and supposedly more coming after launch), including Void Elves, Lightforced Draenei, Blackiron Dwarves, Highmountain Tauren, Zandalari Trolls, and Nightborn.

"Before I get to the big news today, I want to talk about ice cream", Executive Producer of WoW J. Allen Brack told the Blizzcon crowd. Gamers will explore these islands with up to two other players, but no two experiences will be the same; even when players visit the same island twice, they will find new challenges and missions.

Each World of Warcraft expansion comes with new features, usually in the form of new dungeons and raids, a raised level cap, a new PvP map, and plenty of new sweet, sweet loot.

A beta test for Battles for Azeroth will be taking place, and you can opt into it through the official site.

Game director Ion Hazzikostas took center stage to break the good news and explain a little bit about how it will work for those that may have skipped out on the latest expansion.