Announced today at BlizzCon 2013, World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, the fifth expansion to Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft, sends players to the world of Draenor at a pivotal moment in history to fight against and alongside legends from Warcraft’s brutal past. The heroes of Azeroth are on the verge of a war that will reforge the fate of two worlds.

Players will need to scour this unwelcoming land in search of allies to help build a desperate defense against the old Horde’s formidable engine of conquest—or else watch their own world’s bloody, war-torn history repeat itself. Across Draenor’s savage jungles and battle-scarred plains, Azeroth’s heroes will engage in a mythic conflict involving mystical draenei champions and mighty orc clans, and cross axes with the likes of Grommash Hellscream, Blackhand, and Ner’zhul at the height of their primal power.

To help new and returning players answer the call to arms on Draenor, the expansion will enable anyone to instantly boost one of their characters up to level 90, including a newly created character, quickly getting them up to speed and ready to enjoy the latest content with their friends. This is a bold move but is probably their best chance of keeping the numbers high, possibly tempting back older players alongside some new.

To establish a foothold on Draenor once they’ve arrived, the displaced champions of the Horde and Alliance will be able to construct their own garrison, an expandable, customizable stronghold that will serve as each player’s personal base of operations throughout the course of the expansion. As the Garrison grows, players will be able to recruit NPC allies and followers to take up residence, gathering resources and embarking on missions on the player’s orders.

Players can also look forwards to the introduction of fully revamped player character models and animations for many existing playable races , bringing the orcs, humans, and several other longtime residents of Azeroth up to the visual standards of newer races while still maintaining their iconic style and identity. Along with these new features, players will be able to enjoy a wide array of new content on their way to the new level cap of 100. Including new zones, dungeons, raids, scenarios, battlegrounds, and more. Also introduced are questing improvements designed to encourage exploration and add unpredictability to players’ ongoing adventures.

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