Game developer Blizzard Entertainment will be one of three publishers along with Microsoft and Electronic Arts to hold a press event at Gamescom, a popular interactive games and entertainment trade fair, next week. It now appears that it has something big planned as Battle.net post has just revealed that an upcoming expansion for World of Warcraft (WoW) would be unveiled on August 6th.
World of Warcraft sixth expansion to be announced at Gamescom
That's right, the talented PC game developers at Blizzard have declared that they would formally disclose information about the next World of Warcraft expansion during the Gamescom 2015 event in Cologne, Germany. This expansion will be the game's sixth. Warlords of Draenor, WoW's fifth and most recent, was released back in November 2014, just in time for its 10th anniversary.
For those who won't be able to attend, the announcement will be live-streamed by Blizzard so they can check it out on Thursday, August 6, at 9 AM PDT / 12 Noon EDT. Moreover, there will be a developer chat with the team behind WoW on August 9th at 8 AM PST. That's a welcome move because there's a chance for fans to get even more information. The developer is also asking gamers to stay tuned to its dedicated Gamescom page for more details about the live stream.
Apart from this impending announcement, nothing has been officially confirmed by Blizzard. One big question that many WoW fans is asking is:"How will this expansion be called?" A recent trademark listing filed by Blizzard may hold the answer. VG247 reported that the game developer has supposedly trademarked the name "Council of Glades."
What could be lurking within the World of Warcraft sixth expansion?
While there is not much fact to begin with, lots of speculation about World of Warcraft's sixth expansion began as early November last year, around the time the current expansion was launched. That's also when Blizzard filed trademarks for "Eye of Azshara." Azshara is a significant character in WoW lore, the Night Elves's former queen and present ruler of the Naga.
World of Warcraft players have battled the malevolent Naga since the game's original release. There have also been numerous hints toward their existence being a result of the Old Gods' machinations. That provides the Naga race enough stimulating storyline material to base an upcoming expansion on.
The next expansion will be World of Warcraft's sixth in a history spanning a little over a decade. The others in the list are The Burning Crusade (2007), Wrath of the Lich King (2008), Cataclysm (2010), Mists of Pandaria (2012), and Warlords of Draenor (2014). The 11 year-old game has continued to stay exceptionally popular, mostly due to the constant updates and improvements that Blizzard does from time to time.