Friday, April 22

A Closer Look at WOW's Upcoming "Legion" Expansion

At this point, it is safe to say that Blizzard's World of Warcraft is the best-aging product ever created by the gaming industry, its success unparalleled and its potential still deemed reasonable after 12 years and 5 expansions. Although its heyday seems way behind it, WOW still plays host to millions of paying players and Blizzard have decided to breathe yet another batch of mileage into it through their upcoming "Legion" expansion. Whether Legion will be the last hurray for the aging title remains to be seen. The one thing that's certain right now is that - despite some fan skepticism - the expansion will generate another major subscription explosion, especially as it is timed to sort of work its marketing magic in tandem with the upcoming Warcraft movie.

What exactly do we have to look forward to in Legion though? There's a new level cap, a new class (Demon Hunter), a new continent called the Broken Isles and perhaps most intriguingly: there will be a customizable artifact weapon option too.

The great news is that, although the expansion launch is set for August 30, pre-ordering is already possible. Those who choose to go down the pre-order path will have two basic options to pick from: a Standard Edition which costs $50 and a Digital Deluxe Edition, which costs $70, and which includes a number of extras such as a demon dog pet, an Illidari Felstalker mount as well as a number of in-game goodies for other Blizzard games like Heroes of the Storm, Starcraft 2 and Diablo III. Going for the Digital Deluxe edition will allow players to boost a character up to lvl 100 and to gain access to the Demon Hunter class instantly. There's also a Collector's Edition version, which costs $90 and which - in addition to all the above-said - also contains a Legion mousepad, a soundtrack CD and a behind-the-scenes Bluray/DVD set, not to mention the hardcover art book.

While the anticipation surrounding the title is already great, some fans worry the new content will be shallow and "dumbed down" to accommodate the flood of new players that the movie will probably generate. Even so though, everyone seems eager to pick it up and to jump back into the venerable MMO.

Philip Thalberg is a GosuTeam member, responsible with eSports streams and VODs. 

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