Blizzard Entertainment has announced World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, the seventh expansion to its thirteen-year-old MMORPG. Following on from the events of Burning Legion, the expansion sees the rivalry between the Horde and the Alliance reignited. On top of this, the company also revealed World of Warcraft Classic. Little information is known about World of Warcraft Classic at this time, but it will let players focus on the original World of Warcraft content prior to the expansions.
In Battle for Azeroth, players will set out to find new allies and claim new resources in order to emerge victorious in the war. Those on the Horde side will travel to the Zandalar Empire to persuade the trolls and their naval might to join the cause, while those supporting the Alliance will endeavour to recruit the seafaring kingdom of Kul Tiras (the home of Jaina Proudmoore).
One of the features introduced in Battle for Azeroth is Allied Races. There are six new Allied Races — including the Highmountain tauren, Void elves, and Dark Iron dwarves — with unique racial abilities, and players who earn their trust will be able to create a new character of that race and have them join their faction. The expansion also introduces an area called the Islands of the Great Sea. Here, players in groups of three race against others to collect resources while dealing with a changing set of enemies, objectives, and environments.
Another addition comes in the form of Warfronts, twenty-player cooperative large-scale PvE missions. These are inspired by classic Warcraft RTS battles, where players need to claim a strategic location by capturing resources to build up their forces and then leading the charge to sieze the objective.
In terms of characters, the level cap will once again be raised, this time to level 120. Players will also be able to instantly boost to the previous level cap of 110. Players can also collect a new resource called Azerite. When imbued into the Heart of Azeroth neck-piece, this allows players to customise their armor with different powers and traits.
World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth will be available for PC and Mac, though no release date has been given at this stage. More details can be found on the expansion's official website.