After the striking release windowless reveal in April, Blizzard has now confirmed that World of Warcraft’s Dragonflight expansion will launch later this year.
Dragonflight, as described in Blizzard’s April reveal streamgives players access to Dragonkind’s long-hidden ancestral home known as the Dragon Isles, and introduces four new areas – the Waking Shores launch zone, Ohn’ahran Plains, Azure Span, and Thaldraszus – complete with new dungeons and raids.
Dragonflight also adds the Dracthyr Evokers – a new playable race-class hybrid that, depending on the player’s chosen class specializations, can focus on dealing damage or healing – plus a new skill-based flight system paired with customizable dragon companions.
In addition to all the headline features, Dragonflight also promises to bring improvements to some of World of Warcraft’s existing mechanics, including innovations to the game’s talent system, improved professions, and an updated user interface.
Blizzard says that three digital versions of Dragonflight are now available for pre-order – the Base, Heroic and Epic editions, which cost £40, £55 and £75 respectively, each with a different selection of cosmetics – and there’s a physical £40. 130 release that, in addition to an Epic Edition game code and Drakks pet, throws in a hardcover art book, mouse pad, and five collectible pins.
Today’s World of Warcraft update follows an eventful week for publisher Activision Blizzard. It has now not only resulted in a long awaited release date for Overwatch 2, it also announced that — after nearly a year of shocking allegations that it fostered a corporate culture in which sexual harassment, assault and inappropriate behavior could thrive — it has researched myself and concluded that there was “no widespread harassment or systematic harassment” at the company.
It also insisted there was “no evidence to suggest that Activision Blizzard’s senior executives ever deliberately ignored, ignored or attempted to downplay the gender harassment cases that occurred and were played down,” despite a damn wall street journal report in November claiming that Bobby Kotick had known “for years” about the allegations of sexual misconduct and assault against female employees in many parts of the company.
Despite Activision Blizzard’s insistence not to commit misconduct at the company, shareholders tonight voted to approve a proposal to release an annual report on its efforts to end discrimination and harassment in the workplace. However, the vote is non-binding and Activision has only said so far to “consider” it.