World of Warcraft: Dragonflight is the game’s ninth expansion, and the early leaks were correct. Following the announcement webcast, it’s evident that the next expansion of World of Warcraft will focus entirely on dragons: playable dragons, rideable dragons, and even playable dragons riding rideable dragons. We’ll be traveling to the Dragon Isles, their sacred homeland, where the Alliance and Horde will face some newly awakened ancient mysteries.
While Dragonflight does not yet have a release date, it will be preceded by another significant game patch. There’s plenty of other information regarding the future expansion to sift through until we know that detail, like new places, races, interface tweaks, and talent system modifications. Here’s what we know so far about World of Warcraft’s next expansion, as well as our predictions for when it might be released.
When will WoW: Dragonflight be released?
Blizzard did not confirm a release date during the Dragonflight announcement webcast but did say that the expansion would be entering an alpha phase soon. Most expansions have traditionally premiered between August and December, with the exception of Wrath of the Lich King, which debuted in January of 2007.
The final Shadowlands patch, version 9.2.5, is already on the PTR (public test realm), therefore we’re anticipating its release around July or August 2022. That means the new expansion won’t be available until the end of 2022 at the earliest, though a release date in the first half of 2023 appears more likely.
The new zones and stories in World of Warcraft: Dragonflight
The Dragon Isles, home of dragonkind, will be a new location in the Dragonflight expansion. Waking Shores, Ohn’ahran Plains, Azure Span, and ancient Thaldraszus are the four new zones.
The Dragon Isles have always been a mystery part of WoW’s lore, and now you’ll be flying right into the heart of it all. During the revelation stream, Blizzard stated that when the world was new, the Dragon Isles were the core of the dragon empire. Long ago, when Azaroth was divided into continents, magic went dormant, forcing dragonkind to flee the Isles. No point in predicting that dragons’ elemental energy isn’t going to stay dormant for much longer.
On the Isles, you’ll come across a variety of mortal races in addition to dragons. The half-giant elemental Djaradin are long-time dragon foes. The Tuskarr, which look like walruses, are also making a comeback. Blizzard also mentions the existence of an ancient Centaur culture in the Isles.
Riding a dragon appears to be a lot more fun than flying.
Dragonflight is obsessed with dragons to the point where you won’t be able to play as one. The Dragon Isle Drake is a dragon mount that you can have. Your drake mount is customizable, according to Blizzard, with numerous look unlocks (snouts, horns, tails, and more) and skills for making them fly higher and faster.
Unlike the current state of flight in World of Warcraft, dragon-riding requires a bit more effort. Riding your drake, according to Blizzard, is a novel means of getting around. With all-new animations for diving and barrel rolling about the Isles, Blizzard’s developers discussed how momentum and gravity are affecting dragon-riding.
Dragonflight Trailer For World Of Warcraft
On April 19, World of Warcraft: Dragonflight debuted, giving fans their first look at the upcoming expansion. The Dragonflight teaser gives players a cinematic look at the land of the Dragon Isles and introduces the new Drake flying feature, which will be available when the game is released.
While the teaser does not feature gameplay, it does provide a cinematic look at the expansion and its more fantasy-leaning tone. “Players have been clamoring for a return to World of Warcraft’s high-fantasy roots, and Dragonflight will deliver,” stated Blizzard president Mike Ybarra.