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Blizzard shares World of Warcraft roadmap for updates through 2024

Pirates, patches, and beta tests ahoy

Alleria Windrunner, a World of Warcraft elf, looks determined as she hunches down to focus on something. Image: Blizzard Entertainment
Cass Marshall is a news writer focusing on gaming and culture coverage, taking a particular interest in the human stories of the wild world of online games.

Blizzard Entertainment has a host of content planned for World of Warcraft, both the retail version of the game and the Classic servers. Today, executive producer Holly Longdale shared a roadmap through 2024, which includes the start of the Worldsoul Saga announced at this year’s BlizzCon.

There will be three more content updates for the current expansion, Dragonflight. While the expansion won’t continue the usual three-act structure, with a raid at the end of each chapter, we’ll still be seeing the aftermath of the story play out. Patch 10.2.6 is marked with a cheeky pirate skull, and not much else, so that’s a hint that we can likely expect some naval trouble soon. There will also be updates to Dragonflight’s existing dungeons and outdoor content.

The World of Warcraft 2024 roadmap, which includes Season 4, Patches 10.2.6, and 10.2.7, and info on the War Within pre-patch, beta, and launch. Image: Blizzard Entertainment

In the spring and summer of 2024, players will be able to test the upcoming The War Within expansion. Blizzard has worked hard to make this expansion the start of a story that plays out over the game’s next three expansions in The War Within, Midnight, and The Last Titan, so it’s likely that the early War Within content will have hints and foreshadowing that will pay off down the road.

Blizzard is also continuing to develop World of Warcraft Classic, which allows players to experience past eras of World of Warcraft. Cataclysm Classic is on the way, but there’ll be new changes to the traditional gameplay styles. There’s already Hardcore Mode, which means if your character dies, they’re permanently dead. An upcoming “Self-Found” mode will restrict the player from acquiring gear or assistance from allies; it’s a one-person venture to the top.

The World of Warcraft Classic roadmap, showing new gameplay modes like the Season of Discovery, as well as the launch of Cataclysm Classic. Image: Blizzard Entertainmnt

These updates will play out throughout the course of the year, so we may see certain dates and events get shifted. However, it looks like Blizzard is dedicated to providing consistent updates to both version of its popular MMO. While Cataclysm wasn’t the most beloved expansion, the new changes to Classic modes has helped to revitalize player interest. We’ll have to see how the rest of Dragonflight plays out, and how it helps set the stage for the upcoming The War Within.

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