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News video games 22 December 2022, 11:37

author: Jacob Blazewicz

WoW Dragonflight is to Avoid Mistake of Previous Expansions; Update Plan

Blizzard does not want to repeat its recent mistakes and will provide World of Warcraft players with a lot of new features in updates for Dragonflight scheduled for 2023.

We learned the 2023 development roadmap for World of Warcraft. Blizzard has shared an infographic on Twitter, outlining the changes and new features to come to Dragonflight in the next twelve months.

WoW Dragonflight is to Avoid Mistake of Previous Expansions; Update Plan - picture #1

WoW development plans for next year.Source: Blizzard Entertainment.

A slightly more extensive discussion of the topic is dissected in an article on the game's official website. Interestingly, Blizzard pretty much admitted that "last time" it happened to fall short of World of Warcraft player expectations. Therefore, the developers hope that this time they will better fulfill their "duty to the players" of taking care of the "living world" of Azeroth.

Apart from these lofty declarations, Blizzard plans to release six patches in 2023 with new content for WoW: Dragonflight. This takes into account the two big updates that previous expansions have accustomed us to: with new raids, locations, PvP season, etc.

Between their debuts, there will be minor patches with additional events, story content and improvements (including those suggested by the game's community). This should prevent periods of "drought," i.e., without any of the new features, which the players complained about in Shadowlands.

The first of such updates will be the recently announced patch 10.0.5, which will introduce Trading Posts, among other things. For now, it is available on the Public Test Server (PTR) of World of Warcraft .

After its debut, the developers will take on patch 10.0.7. In this one, we will get the next story chapter for Dragonflight Islands, and its culmination is expected to clearly show where the story is going in Dragonflight. This will be followed by patches 10.1.5 and 10.1.7, although Blizzard has stipulated that it is still considering numerous issues, and player feedback will have a significant impact on the implementation of many of the planned new features.

For now, fans seem positive about the roadmap (or even surprised by Blizzard's publication of a roadmap in the first place). Coupled with warm reception of the expansion itself (despite some issues) it looks like Dragonflight may go down in history of WoW as one of the best expansions. Whether this will happen - time will tell.

Jacob Blazewicz

Jacob Blazewicz

Graduated with a master's degree in Polish Studies from the University of Warsaw with a thesis dedicated to this very subject. Started his adventure with in 2015, writing in the Newsroom and later also in the film and technology sections (also contributed to the Encyclopedia). Interested in video games (and not only video games) for years. He began with platform games and, to this day, remains a big fan of them (including Metroidvania). Also shows interest in card games (including paper), fighting games, soulslikes, and basically everything about games as such. Marvels at pixelated characters from games dating back to the time of the Game Boy (if not older).