Where is Left to Set Future Expansions?

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We've only seen about half of the planet. Before the Sundering Kalimdor was the largest but not the only continent.

Also its a MMO. They'll keep making up stuff long as they have to.
Up, down, left, right, above, below, zoom in, zoom out, before, after, around, away.

The spotlight of an expansion could be aimed at any randomly selected point on the world and a worthy story could be found to tell.

And that's before we talk to our friendly neighbourhood constellar about the true scale of the cosmos of which Azeroth is but one tiny spec.
They can always create an entirely new continent as people have said. There's also still a couple of places that already kind of exist but haven't been explored/expanded on yet. Mainly the Dragon Isles and that empty zone north of Lordaeron.
I think an expansion set in the places where Nerubians live like Ajol-Nerub (don't know how to spell that)
This island exploration system has got me excited for the possibility of a washbuckling high-seas adventure expansion.
There's all kinds of neat stuff out in the water.
The world isn't flat, or else all the Druids in cat form would have knocked everything off the edge by now.
06/30/2018 06:09 AMPosted by Renouncer
Logically speaking, a Tectonic shift the scale of the sundering would push up a huge landmass on the far side of Azeroth.

That would be pretty cool.

It would be cool to show up at a new content, that's more barren than not.

But because of the magics we're encountering, the land is evolving at an extremely fast rate.

So, over time, the once barren land starts getting more and more filled out. More and more trees and plants appear. Rivers start to flow. The factions start building towns and such. Finally, the animals and monsters have a bit of metamorphosis about them. They change during combat, etc.

And then, since we're there as a part of that growth, our toons go through changes as well. Like the Genesis planet in Star Trek 2.

That would be a pretty cool expansion I think.
06/30/2018 04:13 AMPosted by Tenchu
They have plans for one more expansion after BFA... Then they are done. The engine is simply too old to go any further. You take a look at fights like Varimathras and Argus, and look at the number of threads reporting lag/framerate issues. Those issues do not stem from the machines those players are using, but from WoW's engine, which is struggling to adapt to hardware advances. Furthermore, the engine's over reliance on CPU vs GPU causes even high end machines to choke at times.

I get really sick of seeing this argument - WoW has had FOURTEEN years of development (millions of man-hours of dev time according the their own posts) - the graphics engine is not "too old" to handle new content. The game has been constantly updated and modernized with new features added to support modern hardware. Have you not noticed that BFA is DX 11/12 only? It won't even run on DX9 any longer. That doesn't exactly scream 14-year old graphics engine to me. I promise that there will be more than one more expansion, and if there isn't, the graphics engine will NOT be the reason.
06/30/2018 04:13 AMPosted by Tenchu
06/30/2018 03:29 AMPosted by Zakktzuk
What is left? Going to the moon?
They have plans for one more expansion after BFA... Then they are done. The engine is simply too old to go any further.

You take a look at fights like Varimathras and Argus, and look at the number of threads reporting lag/framerate issues. Those issues do not stem from the machines those players are using, but from WoW's engine, which is struggling to adapt to hardware advances. Furthermore, the engine's over reliance on CPU vs GPU causes even high end machines to choke at times.


But they've said a ton recently they have plans for at least several more expansions? Unless they're lying.
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Just imagine all the time they will save on art assets!
06/30/2018 03:36 AMPosted by Axeperson
We got pandaland as an expansion. Now I enjoyed most of pandaland but that expansion was a stretch for blizz. If they can make an entire continent of new lore from a joke, they can do it again from nothing.


Has anyone canonically sailed east from the eastern kingdoms or west from Kalimdor? Are we sure there's not another continent over there?
06/30/2018 04:13 AMPosted by Tenchu
06/30/2018 03:29 AMPosted by Zakktzuk
What is left? Going to the moon?
They have plans for one more expansion after BFA... Then they are done. The engine is simply too old to go any further.

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Source please.
06/30/2018 07:55 AMPosted by Vynlordros
06/30/2018 04:13 AMPosted by Tenchu
...They have plans for one more expansion after BFA... Then they are done. The engine is simply too old to go any further.

You take a look at fights like Varimathras and Argus, and look at the number of threads reporting lag/framerate issues. Those issues do not stem from the machines those players are using, but from WoW's engine, which is struggling to adapt to hardware advances. Furthermore, the engine's over reliance on CPU vs GPU causes even high end machines to choke at times.


But they've said a ton recently they have plans for at least several more expansions? Unless they're lying.


They aren't lying... People saying WoW's engine is "too old" to go on are completely full of it. There is still so much potential for WoW.
06/30/2018 03:29 AMPosted by Zakktzuk
But what other choices are there? Has Blizzard written themselves into a corner?

Any choices they like. No. And even if they did they could write themselves out of it.

The story of this game is ever changing, always creating, moving in new directions. They write the story. Why do you think it somehow has ended because we can't see the next chapter yet?
06/30/2018 04:13 AMPosted by Tenchu
They have plans for one more expansion after BFA... Then they are done. The engine is simply too old to go any further.

Where the heck did you come up with that bunch of nonsense?

#mustbeasecretblizzemployee

Written themselves into a corner? Lol. They can always just make NEW lore. Nothing is set in stone :) After all, they wrote that lore, didn't they?


To be fair, the driving force behind Warcraft lore was Chris Metzen, and he left.

Which isn't to say that they can't write new lore, of course, it's still their game. Just saying that the original team isn't really around anymore. The new teams can write lore, but they didn't necessarily write the existing lore in full.
06/30/2018 08:45 AMPosted by Talistrá
06/30/2018 03:36 AMPosted by Axeperson
We got pandaland as an expansion. Now I enjoyed most of pandaland but that expansion was a stretch for blizz. If they can make an entire continent of new lore from a joke, they can do it again from nothing.


Has anyone canonically sailed east from the eastern kingdoms or west from Kalimdor? Are we sure there's not another continent over there?


Yes, there have been canon reports of people sailing off in the other directions. They've never returned with any information, though.

06/30/2018 07:22 AMPosted by Dammekos
We've only seen about half of the planet. Before the Sundering Kalimdor was the largest but not the only continent.

Also its a MMO. They'll keep making up stuff long as they have to.


Chronicles 1 only hinted that Kalimdor wasn't the only continent.

However, Chronicles 3 clearly states that the Kaldorei Empire lived on "Azeroth's single landmass."

I'd say that shows that it was the only continent, since Chronicles 1 doesn't actually specify anything, and Chronicles 3 clearly refers to Kalimdor as the only landmass.

That's not to say that another landmass couldn't come *after* Kalimdor split up, just saying that at the time of the sundering (10,000 years ago), it was the only landmass. That's not an awful lot of time for a whole new continent to appear, grow life, and have problems that we'd need to go fix.
we haven't done the back in time/ alternate universe northrend yet.
06/30/2018 07:10 AMPosted by Dotarsojat
We saw a corner of the Emerald Dream, that could still be a full expansion.


Adding to this, after clearing the raid, if you follow Ysera's echo into the cave, corruption remains. So we may very well have to deal with more Nightmare and corruption stuff sometime.

As far as Northrend goes, we only touched the surface. Remember, per lore the Nerubian Empire literally stretched everywhere underground. We saw very little of that. A lot of them were wiped out and raised by Arthas but not all. What are the surviving remnants of the once great Nerubian Empire doing now?

We also have the Blingtron units. Specifically the decoded messages from Blingtron 5000. There is a huge war going on beneath us, which the mortal races of Azeroth are largely oblivious to. Who are the Blingtron's fighting? Why? Will it spill out to the surface eventually? Will we need to go deal with it if the Blingtron's fail? Tons of questions with this one personally.

The Ogre civilization on Draenor still exists. That one is unlikely though.

Really though, new lore can always be made.
It doesn’t have to always be about already existing lore. They can make new stuff up. It’s a fantasy universe :p

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