In The Works

Plans Stretch Beyond Mists of Pandaria

World Of Warcraft has expansion five already on the way, with plans for others on Blizzard‘s mind.

In an interview with CVG, Blizzard’s COO Paul Sams explains that the fifth expansion is already in development — although, we don’t know at what stage — but Paul did focus mainly around the lore team. He even mentioned that the expansion following that is being worked on:

I got the pitch from Chris Metzen of what they plan for 6.0 and I’m pretty geeked up about it.

Paul Sams also states that they know what is on the road for “multiple expansions ahead.” Chris Metzen has publicly said many times at Blizzcon that there are many areas for them work towards. Warcraft has a massive basket of story potential — before new lore is even touched upon — that they can branch off into many storylines and develop an expansion around them.

So where to next?

I’m sure we can all be certain that a trip to Argus — to take the fight to Sargeras — will be WoW‘s last hoorah. That won’t be en-route for expansion five, but could we finally dip into the emerald dream? I know its the go-to for all expansion rumors but will it be our next installment, or will the writing staff move into an area of lore once again untested and new?

To give you food for thought, Metzen asked on his Twitter about any old characters that needed a /rez around a month ago. Was this around the time that the development team moved into expansions five and were looking for new lore ideas? If so, maybe E5 could have a familiar face gracing our screens once again

Grab your spacesuits, we may be taking a trip beyond Azeroth unless Illidan gets a /rez.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/William-Martin/100002438821925 William Martin

    Pretty sure I already called this how many times with the fact that Blizz is developing about 7-8 games already.

    1) MoP
    2) Heart of the Swarm
    3) Diablo 3
    4) Blizzard DOTA
    5) Titan
    6) Sc2: Protoss Expansion
    7) Diablo 3 Expansion
    8) and obviously now 6.0

  • Deathstar2x

    World of Warcraft: Cataclysm was merely a setback.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JRBPhillips Brandon Phillips

    New Hero Class: DEMON HUNTER with Illidan!!!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RF5QCSY4O24PCB2NXYMY237NFU Peter

    I think Naga will be the next xpac, maybe N’zoth as a midway boss, but definitely Naga if anything. And PLEASE don’t but Med’an in the game, people hated having Thrall as “Jesus” Med’ans entire purpose is to be a Mary Sue Jesus character.

  • http://twitter.com/WadeDMcGinnis Wade D McGinnis

    MoP stay for the pandas, wait for the next expansion.

  • Bothand_Nether

    Emerald Dream.

    Dark Ranger Hero Class  ( Like the NPC in Dalaran By the  Bank Steps)

    and most importantly,
    a magical pair of Pruning Shears that
    Cuts the Heads of those singing daffodil minipets.

  • Old Ben

    So… we started getting information about MoP (even including instance maps) before Cataclysm’s last boss was in the game. Now they’re dropping hints about the expansion after MoP before MoP has even been _released_.

    If they continue at this rate, they’ll have to release the 7th expansion before the 6th one.

    “No, please don’t cancel! We promise the _next_ one will be good!”

  • Kagitaar

    Sargeras not Sarjeras, L2pronounce both of you. G is guh.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T7IZ5CZM37UL74UPBMYOF5475I AustinW

    Poor Kallum, always getting cut off. Again.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HHLR4MDQ7OSFWCWGBI25XFBJTU Nate

    Good lord…  you really need to stop cutting people off in all your interviews. Also, when interviewing people you’re suppose to let them talk first and then dive your feedback after they’ve had their say. Is Gary ever coming back? =(

    • http://twitter.com/_Caltu_ Callum Lawrence

      I personally love it when Mike does it :D When your talking you just ideas pop up and can bounce ideas off each other

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/HHLR4MDQ7OSFWCWGBI25XFBJTU Nate

        You love it when someone cuts someone else off mid-sentence constantly? I dont have a problem with his opinions and I agree with alot of what he says, its just how he does it. Its disrespectful even to not let someone complete their thought.

  • Theyrealone

    “Why don’t they make the story of sargeras to make more story?” that’s what they do! don’t you see it?
    Garrosh Hellscream is getting mad and warlocks are back and are camping in Ragefire Chasm…
    don’t you see the connection?

  • Kayara

    I can’t believe that nobody has brought this up. Back in late 2003 there were some files in an alpha or beta client that dictated what the expansions were going to be. There’s a few bits wrong so it’s not set in stone but it’s been pretty solid so far and I doubt it’s going to waver much seeing as it’s not been horribly wrong so far:

    Draenor Set

    Azuremyst Isle – 1 to 10
    Bloodmyrk Isle – 10 to 20

    Eversong Forest – 1 to 10
    Quel’thalas – 10 to 20
    Hellfire Peninsula – 58 to 62
    Zangarmarsh – 60 to 64
    Terokkar Forest – 61 to 65
    The Deadlands – 63 to 67
    Nagrand – 64 to 68
    Blade’s Edge Mountains – 66 to 70
    Netherstorm – 67 to 70
    Shadowmoon Valley – 69 to 70

    Northrend Set

    Borean Tundra – 67 to 70
    Howling Fjord – 67 to 70
    Dragonblight – 69 to 72
    Grizzly Hills – 70 to 73
    Crystalsong Forest – 72 to 75
    Zul’drak – 73 to 76
    Sholazar Basin – 75 to 79
    Storm Peaks – 76 to 80
    Icecrown Glacier – 78 to 80

    Maelstrom Set

    Gilneas – 77 to 80
    Grim Batol – 78 to 81
    Kul Tiras – 79 to 82
    Kezan – 81 to 86
    Tel Abim – 83 to 85
    Zandalar – 84 to 87
    Plunder Isle – 86 to 88
    The Broken Isles – 87 to 90
    The Maelstrom – 89 to 90

    Plane Set

    Pandaria – 1 to 10
    Hiji – 10 to 20

    Wolfenhold – 1 to 10
    Xorothian Plains – 10 to 20

    The Green Lands – 88 to 91
    The Dying Paradise – 91 to 94
    The Emerald Nightmare – 94 to 97
    The Eye of Ysera – 97 to 100

    Deephome – 88 to 91
    Skywall – 91 to 94
    The Abyssal Maw – 94 to 97
    The Firelands – 97 to 100

    Legion Set

    K’aresh – 96 to 99
    Argus Meadowlands – 97 to 100
    Mac’Aree – 99 to 100
    Maw of Oblivion – 100+
    The Burning Citadel – 100+++

    • Old Ben

      I hope they release Tel Abim soon, I’ve always wanted to roll a banana.

      Hm… that sounded weird.

      • Kayara

         I think Cataclysm was just a bit of a curve-ball tbh. I’m guessing that when they originally came up with the roadmap (I swear it was earlier than 2007) they didn’t plan for revamping all of the older areas. With MoP they felt the need to create the whole of Pandaria rather than just a couple of areas – probably because they felt it would feel too disjointed if they just randomly threw pandas back into the world.

        I think we can probably expect the Emerald Dream and Nightmare next, followed by an expansion centered around Argus. Perhaps follow that up by a final expansion of dealing with the old gods, Azshara and tying everything in to a nice happy ending for the two factions. Then perhaps leave the servers open as primarily just a PvP game Horde vs Alliance.

        I might be wrong but meh, just my 2 cents :)

        • Old Ben

          According to the roadmap, it seems that the pandaren were going to be added along with another race (probably worgen, judging from the name of the starting zone). And there’s no clear reference to playable goblins or to Deathwing.

          Personally, I think goblins should have been a neutral race (since that’s essentially what they were since the start of WoW), either not playable or playable by both horde and alliance. 

          And, of course, pandaren and worgen should have belonged to a 3rd faction, which would make WoW the first game ever to have 3 factions!! 

          Considering half the zones originally planned for levels 80-100 were crammed into 80-85, they’re either going to have to come up with new zones or the next expansions are going to be relatively small (if not in actual size, at least in terms of variety). 

  • Bothand_Nether

    Mecha-Hogger is next.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Simpson/1517418357 Chris Simpson

    cheers mike good work per usual m8 ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joao-Vicente/100000881627920 João Vicente

    I have a problem with your Sargeras theory Mike.. player wanna kill him? that made me laugh. Player could not even kill Deathwing… Sargeras is probably the strongest thing in wow lore (that I know of) and if i remember this correctly, he is one of the strongest titans anyway.

    So fight him? maybe.. kill him? no way. Only if the other titans help, and I don’t think they will.

    That said.. maybe its time to sent Kil’Jaeden to where we sent Archimonde. That I see as an expansion. Sargeras? thats probably the final thing in warcraft.

  • http://twitter.com/Luke_Malcolm Luke Malcolm

    once again there will never be a Emerald Dream Xpac its to small, its prbly gunna be a content patch in MoP 

  • john-scar

    since when is the “G” in sargeras pronounced “J” sarjeras

  • http://twitter.com/Draemador Brad Boivin

    Hard G on Sargeras guys, hard G.

  • nik laou

    Well is it only me that finds the Sargeras idea a bit off?
    First of all let’s remember that Agewynn killed the avatar of the Titan long before the Second War in Dragonblight. If I’m not mistaken titans can on;y have one avatar per world, so there goes a fight in Azeroth.
    As for taking the fight to them? Doubtful. Titans are Eternal beings, meaning they are more than immortals, more than invulnerable. They just exist, they exist in many ways and will continue to exist for ever.
    Annihilating the whole demon population is obviously something the puny mortals of Azeroth cannot achieve.
    I believe the new expansion(s) will be based on new lore, new plot twists and newly introduced characters.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jordan.ashenberg Jordan Ashenberg

    I think that there should be two new characters. MAKE PANDAS DRUIDS!!!! But the new characters could be lost races the one who were the true creators of the alliance and the hordes teams. The horde “god” buried in the depths of hell, and the alliance god” at the top of the highest mountains. They both come to the continents to fight in the war to help there sides. I have drawn dozens of creatures that could be added and tried programing some myself ( I suck at it). I wish i could help with this to make the game even more amazing. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.treadway.1 Matthew Treadway

    Metzen even said during an interview that Mists of Pandaria is going to be the “Calm before the storm” hint hint, whatever that means >.>

  • looool

    lol… sarjeras