It’s a new year and exciting changes are coming to World of Warcraft, but first let’s take a look back at its bigger milestones.
The raid preview for Nighthold is now available. It’s the continued story for Suramar and will introduce 10 new bosses as well as raid tier. Both normal and heroic difficulty will open on January 17th.
The Diablo 20th Anniversary Celebration is live until the 11th. A few new items will only be available at this time. Players will need to kill Treasure Goblins who spawn throughout the Broken Isles and the Dalaran Sewers. By killing them it opens to a secret cow level–there is no cow level.
Patch 7.1.5 is to release on January 10th. It’s one of the “smaller patches” and part of the new patch philosophy that was discussed during BlizzCon 2016. There will be a more in-depth video next week.
A Look Back at 2016 Milestones
While the new years is gearing up and filled with excitement and changes, there were some major milestones for World of Warcraft and Blizzard Entertainment. Last year, Warlords of Draenor was winding down to an end and making room for Legion. Here are some of the bigger highlights:
- Blizzard Entertainment celebrated 25 years.
- World of Warcraft Chronicles: Vol 1 released giving a look at the shaping and sundering of Azeroth. The Chronicles is designed to be the encyclopedia of Warcraft lore.
- Fans could read Illidan by William King and learn more about the betrayer.
- The Classic private server, Nostalrius, was shut down. Blizzard made a statement about looking into legacy servers as long as it doesn’t take man-hours away from current content development.
- The authenticator app on mobile was updated for one-button authentication.
- After 10 years, the Warcraft Movie finally released.
- A new silence penalty was implemented into Warcraft. It is similar in design to Heroes of the Storm and Overwatch.
- The pre-expansion event assaulted on July 19th with 2.5 million demonic invasions being repelled.
- Legion released August 30th and sold 3.3 million copies on launch day.
- Shortly afterward, the Legion Companion mobile app was released.
- Blizzard Entertainment and Facebook teamed up for gameplay streaming using the battle.net desktop app.
- Blizzard also added Voice through the desktop app.
- Chris Metzen retires early from Blizzard Entertainment.
- Ion Hazzikostas steps up as Warcraft Game Director as Tom Chilton moves to another project within Blizzard.
- BlizzCon 2016 was its 10th convention.
- Blizzard launched it’s Publishing Label while will release out of print novels, mangas, and other books.
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