BlizzCon 2009 was a video game convention of games produced by Blizzard Entertainment. Attendees were invited to panels where the makers discussed new developments for the games. I was lucky enough to attend and bring back exciting details.
Blizzard has made advancements in their game development. Starcraft II and Diablo III both look great but still seem to be a long ways from being released. However, for those who play World of Warcraft, cataclysmic goodness could be just around the corner. Azeroth is getting a complete face, body and mind makeover. It is the best-looking expansion with even more exciting story lines.
Terrain is completely transformed by the sheer destructive force of Deathwing's (a dragon protector) eruption from the world of Azeroth's crust. Goblins are washed ashore becoming refugees, the Greymane Wall has been broken down exposing the humans to the worgen (werewolves), and social unrest draws an even stronger divide between Horde and Alliance armies.
While attending one of the WOW panels, a maker hinted that the game would be released within a year, "You'll all be complaining about goblins at the next Blizzcon." Goblins will have a racial ability that gives them a rocket belt, complete with both rocket jump and barrage to mow 'em down. Horde army will rejoice, as their new playable race is the goblin.
Players who rolled in the Alliance faction will be able to play a worgen. They will be similar to a druid in respects of have more than one form (human and werewolf) and equipped gear while shape shifted will not show. The worgen starting zone has an all too familiar Vanilla WOW look, so I was not as compelled to roll one. Plus, no big changes happen within the Alliance faction to draw new interesting story lines for quest-chains.
The terrain phasing from one look to another is more prevalent in Cataclysm. In Wrath of the Litch King, phasing was first introduced after The Battle of Angrathar the Wrathgate. The scene had changed from Horde and Alliance soldiers fighting the Scourge army, to dead bodies everywhere. In Cataclysm, even small quest events will change the landscape.
What happens in Horde politics was not fully revealed. From what I was able to gather, Garrosh Hellscream takes on new leadership by building and transforming zones. I'm not ready to believe it, but this could mean a dire fate for Thrall and High Chieftain Cairne.
Failed attempts to slay bosses are going to be less aggravating with the new guild talent points. Guild members can help earn points to level up their guild by completing quests, battlegrounds, and leveling professions. Points can be spent on things such as raid wide resurrections or discounts on repair bills.
Blizzard has decided to release more game expansions than originally planned. To do this, they have lowered the expansion level cap to five additional levels instead of 10. Therefore, three more game expansions are to come before players reach the final level cap of 100 and can say they actually beat WOW. At that point, the WOW saga would have lasted almost 10 years. There will probably be a new massive multiplayer online game out by that time, but what if there isn't? I have yet to see a really good adventure game since the release of Kings Quest VII in 1994.