After its flashy no-release reveal in April, Blizzard has now confirmed that World of Warcraft’s Dragonflight expansion will be released later this year.
Dragonflight as described in Blizzard Disclosure Stream in Aprilwill give players access to the long-hidden ancestral homeland of the dragons known as the Dragon Isles, and will introduce four new areas – the Waking Shore starting zone, Ohn’ahran Plains, Azure Span and Thaldraszus – complete with new dungeons and raids.
Dragonflight also adds the Dractyr Evokers – a new playable racial class hybrid that can either focus on dealing damage or healing depending on the player’s chosen class specialization – as well as a new skill-based flight system tied to customizable dragon pets.
Alongside all of its headlines, Dragonflight also promises improvements to some of World of Warcraft’s existing mechanics, including overhauls to the game’s talent system, improved professions, and an updated user interface.
According to Blizzard, three digital versions of Dragonflight are now available for pre-order – the Base, Heroic and Epic editions, each costing £40, £55 and £75 respectively, and each containing a different selection of cosmetics – and there’s a physical version available for £130 Release that includes a hardcover art book, mouse pad, and five collectible pins, along with an Epic Edition game code and Drakks pet.
Today’s World of Warcraft update follows a busy week for publisher Activision Blizzard. Not only has it provided one now long-awaited release date Overwatch 2 also announced that after nearly a year of shocking allegations, it has fostered a corporate culture where sexual harassment, assault, and inappropriate behavior have thrived researched myself and ruled that there was “no widespread harassment or systemic harassment” at the company.
It also insisted that there is “no evidence that Activision Blizzard officers have ever intentionally ignored or attempted to downplay the instances of gender-based harassment that have occurred and been reported,” despite a damn Wall Street Journal November report alleging that Bobby Kotick had been aware of allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse of female employees in many parts of the company for “years”.
Despite Activision Blizzard’s insistence on no wrongdoing by the company, shareholders tonight voted for approval a suggestion that it should publish an annual report on its efforts to stop discrimination and harassment in the workplace. However, the vote is not binding and Activision has so far only said it will “take it into account”.