Follow a World of Warcraft Shadowlands Hero’s Journey

World of Warcraft Shadowlands Getting a New Leveling Experience

During a recent interview, World of Warcraft’s lead narrative designer Steve Danuser claimed that the leveling experience of Shadowlands will drastically differ from Battle for Azeroth. Gamers will take on the hero’s journey, being someone with great potential rather than heralded as an all-powerful life saver. Although it’s explained and being sold as a brand new experience, this is similar to the early expansions before Cataclysm changed the world of Azeroth. World of Warcraft Shadowlands will release for PC and Mac later this year.

World of Warcraft Shadowlands

“We want a sense that it will take many heroes working together and strengthening all four covenants if there is to be any hope of achieving victory over the Jailer,” said Steve Danuser. “Our new player experience, which will debut when Shadowlands is released, shows the beginning of the hero’s journey through Azeroth. The player is not heralded as an all-powerful champion, but rather as someone with great potential who has an exciting adventure ahead of them. At the time of Cataclysm’s development, it made sense to set the revamped Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor zones into the timeline of that expansion.”

“In hindsight, having a level-up experience that was more agnostic to the expansion timeline would have been a benefit down the road,” continued Steve Danuser. “The new player experience coming with Shadowlands is intended to be just that: a standalone moment in time that easily flows into Battle for Azeroth, as well as other expansions to come in the future.” We’re looking forward to seeing how much different from Battle for Azeroth the upcoming leveling experience is.

Are you a fan of the new leveling experience offered in Battle for Azeroth or are you into the old school way of doing things like the early expansions? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Windows Central