World Of Warcraft is getting a new expansion. Blizzard has confirmed it will announce details of a new expansion for its hugely popular MMO role-playing game next week at Gamescom in Germany. According to a post on Battle.net, Blizzard will live stream the announcement next week for the whole world to watch on August 6.
“Join us Thursday, August 6 at 9 a.m. PDT for a special World of Warcraft event streamed live from Gamescom 2015 in Cologne, Germany—where we’ll be unveiling the next chapter of the World of Warcraft saga…”
There’ll also be a second stream on Sunday, August 9, where the developers chat about the expansion and apparently give even more details on what’s planned. Further details on the stream will be announced later. “Stay tuned to our dedicated Gamescom page for further details on the live stream. Those who are able to join us in person at Gamescom can visit us at the Blizzard booth in hall 7.1. We hope to see you there!”
Rumours of an expansion for World Of Warcraft have been circulating ever since Blizzard filed for a trademark on “Council Of Glades,” which is expected to be the name of the expansion.
World Of Warcraft got its last update only 9 months ago. Warlords Of Draenor has only had 2 content patches and a total of three raids, which is relatively low. To put that into perspective, Blizzard usually waits around 2 years between expansions.
Even so, it’s not all that surprising that Blizzard is eager to get a new expansion out so soon. World Of Warcraft may be the most popular MMO out there, but even so, its subscription numbers have been slowly falling for some time. Whenever a new expansion is released, those subscription numbers rise, so it’s understandable that Blizzard wants to capitalise on that trend.
You can watch the live stream from Gamescom at 9am PT/1pm ET/6pm UK. The second stream on August 9 can be watched at 8am PT/12pm ET/5pm UK.