The recent Blizzcon 2019 event saw the announcement of a brand new expansion for World of Warcraft, titled Shadowlands. The new expansion is set for release next year, and sees newly converted-antagonist Sylvanas Windrunner showcasing his power across the whole of Azeroth. The next entry will have players setting aside their WoW Classic Gold from a brand new extension, as a follow-up to the Battle of Azeroth edges ever closer.
A new campaign in the afterlife
Blizzard took to the main stage of BlizzCon to show off a brand new cinematic trailer for the upcoming title, in wish we see Lich King Bolvar Fordragon, who you may remember from previous WoW expansion Wrath of the Lich King. The King is thwarted by Sylvanas in Icecrown, and what happens next seems to set the foundations of what fans can expect from Shadowlands. The aspect of the afterlife will play a key role in the expansion, which is caused by the destruction of the Lich King’s crown.
As for the Shadowlands itself, it is revealed to be an infinite realm where players will have to align themselves with Shephards of the Dead, which will serve as the covenants in the game. The full covenant campaign will take you across new zones known as Bastion, Maldraxxus, Ardenweald, Revendreth, and the Maw, and players will be offered new abilities that can be earned via leveling. These will be determined by the class that you choose, which offers bonuses depending on which ones that you choose.
Tower of the Damned
One of the most enticing aspects of the Shadowlands is the Tower of the Damned. Within the ghastly Maw, players will come across Torghast, Tower of the Damned, which provides one of the most re-playable segments of the entire expansion. The cursed prison is inhabited with unspeakable evil, in which rooms will chop and change to make a fresh experience. Awaiting the victor is the spoils of treasure after setting the spirits within free.
New Leveling System
What fans will be interested to know is that Shadowlands will bring in a brand new leveling system. If you are already at the max-level available, then you will begin the expansion at level 50, with a new level cap of 60. You will be able to use this new system to your advantage, as you take on the Army of the Dead into a brand new experience. The idea of the level cap being altered in such has way has been rumored for some time now and is something that fans had expected to happen at some point within the last few expansions. This system will be familiar to players who have been running through World of Warcraft Classic, so if you have managed to reach level 120, you will be scaled down to level 50 when Shadowlands releases next year.
As far as your character goes, there is a variety of new customization options at your disposal, regardless of what race you choose. So if you are looking to mix up your appearance, then this feature is definitely worth looking forward to. If you are looking at how alts will work, which are characters made by existing players who already have a character already, then these will have the option to level up as they would previously from the beginning or start completely anew. Past expansions will also be available to players, so you have the choice of doing so in Classic WoW, The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, Mists of Pandaria, Warlords of Draenor or Legion. Whichever you choose, the content will scale to a point where the leveling process works to cater to which expansion you select.
So, those who are enjoying spending their hard-earned WoW Classic Gold in the Vanilla WoW title of the game, prepare to take on a brand new expansion next year when the follow up to the critically acclaimed Battle of Azeroth lands. World of Warcraft: Shadowlands is set for release in 2020!