'World of Warcraft' Expansion 6 Release Date: New Game Already In Development According to Blizzard
Nov 12, 2013 01:56 PM EST
Blizzard recently announced the fifth expansion for the popular MMORPG "World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor." However, if you're wondering if the company has any plans to slow down, the answer is no.
In an interview with Polygon, studio co-founder and president Mike Morhaime explained the development company is trying to pick up the pace at which it releases new content for the "World of Warcraft" as it continues to age. In fact, Blizzard is already working on the sixth expansion.
"It's going to be on us and our development team to continually look at ways to evolve the game and keep it relevant and look for new ways of maintaining engagement within the game. We view expansions as a huge opportunity to do that," Morhaime said. "We recognize that we need to release them on a faster cadence than we have in the past. So we're investing in the team and our resources to enable us to do that."
He went on to describe the unprecedented speed at which the company is developing expansions these days.
"We also have to start looking further down the road and planning further out. We've already started working on the expansion after this one [Warlords of Draenor]. We've never done that in the past. We've been doing one expansion at a time, sort of a very linear content creation model, and we've looked at ways that we can parallelize that. So that while we're working on this expansion we're looking at the new one."
IGN notes that, so far, Blizzard has produced four expansion packs over the course of eight years. Now it seems the company is planning on speeding up this process significantly in order to make up for the dwindling number of subscribers.
Although it was announced this past week at Blizzcon, "World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor," none of the dates are set for the release of the expansion or the in-game content that will come with.