Friday, September 19

Warlords of Draenor to Deliver Graphics Upgrade

World of Warcraft’s Warlords of Draenor expansion has the community holding its breath awaiting its imminent release, and indeed, fans of the world’s longest-running MMORPG are right to be excited because the WoD is much more than a simple expansion: it’s an injection of youth and vitality. It’s the sort of update which can rightfully be expected to offer yet another major lease on life for the game.
Besides all the new content and the various interesting events it will bring to the table, Warlords of Draenor has something much more subtle, yet potentially much more important in store too: a graphics update, namely, the introduction of new anti-aliasing technology.
While at first glance, the impact of such a move is easy to overlook, its potential is great, and coupled with the upgrade-friendly general design of the game’s visuals, it can indeed become a major factor in prolonging the life of the product.

According to a statement released by the studio, the new graphics options are a perfect example of the sort of long-term thinking Blizzard are renowned for. The statement also said that Blizzard were looking to continuously improve the performance of WOW, while keeping an eye on the future and making sure that high-end CPU support in enhanced.

To make a long story short, the way the developer has managed to keep what essentially amounted to a modified Warcraft III engine, looking up-to-date over the years, is indeed borderline miraculous. Some players are already clamoring though, afraid that the added graphical finesse will come at the cost of more lag.
Whether that is the case or not remains to be seen. One thing is certain though: the game has to evolve and at this point, graphical evolution is not even optional for it anymore…

Philip Thalberg works for GosuGamers, the home of the craziest eSports community

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