Blizzard Entertainment plans to release a plethora of new content for both the retail and Classic versions of World of Warcraft, including the start of the Worldsoul Saga, announced at BlizzCon. The current game expansion, Dragonflight, will have three additional content updates, stepping away from the traditional three-act structure ending with a raid. Instead, story aftermath will unfold throughout the game, with upcoming theme hinted by the cryptic pirate skull icon in Patch 10.2.6, indicating likely nautical-based challenges. Dragonflight’s existing dungeons and outdoor content will also see updates.
In the spring and summer of 2024, players can anticipate playtesting the forthcoming expansion, The War Within. This expansion forms the commencement of a narrative arc that progresses over future expansions: The War Within, Midnight, and The Last Titan, which means early content will likely contain clues for future game events. Blizzard is also advancing World of Warcraft Classic, showcasing previous game eras. Cataclysm Classic is also underway, featuring innovative changes to customary gameplay—Hardcore Mode, where character death is permanent, and the soon-to-launch “Self-Found” mode, limiting players from acquiring external help or equipment.
The timing of these updates and developments may fluctuate throughout the year, but it is clear that Blizzard is committed to regularly updating both versions of its popular MMO. Notwithstanding Cataclysm’s lukewarm reception, the innovative changes to Classic modes have reignited player interest. Future developments in the Dragonflight expansion and how they lay groundwork for the forthcoming The War Within will be intriguing to see.