Last Thursday, the new World of Warcraft cinematic was not the only news that Blizzard put out, although it's obvious that the cinematic greatly overshadowed anything else from that day. Sure, we all now know that Warlords of Draenor, the latest expansion, will be out November 13 (a few short days after EverQuest II's new expansion), but we also got to see what the physical Collector's Edition for Warlords of Draenor has to offer. If you're a fan of physical things, and a fan of World of Warcraft things, chances are you'll be pleased with Blizzard's latest Collector's Edition.
Even though this is a physical version of the expansion, seeing that the expansion is available on DVD-ROM made me do a double take. So many games are releasing with purely digital game editions, this CE is now an exception and not the rule. Other items you can find on shiny flat donut looking things include a two disc behind the scenes set and the expansion's soundtrack. A 160-page book for Warlords of Draenor's art work and, oddly enough, a mouse pad make up the rest of the physical goods. A mouse pad is something that's always happy to have, but it just doesn't quite seem to have that Collector's Edition specialness, you know?
Any good game edition also comes with a slew of in-game goodies. You can't stare at all that pretty concept art while playing the game at all times, so you might as well have some other things to enjoy while you're exploring a new-old world. While in the skies, everyone can know you have the CE with your Dread Raven Mount and on the ground with your battle-ready Dread Hatchling Pet. You'll also get StarCraft II Portraits, a Diablo III Warsong Pennant and a Hearthstone Card Back. Like with everyone getting Warlords of Draenor, you get a free 90 boost.
Blizzard also announced that Warlords of Draenor will also come with a tool to allow players to put groups together in a better manner. The Group Finder will not just be like the current Looking for Group and Raid tools that will automatically match and port people to their designated area. Now, you'll be able to browse groups looking for more and apply to them, or put together a description of what you're putting a group together for and have people interested in joining. This isn't just for PvE, either. Tired of running around Orgrimmar trying to put together a new Arenas 3v3? The Group Finder will let you do just that and so much more.
It will be interesting to see how Warlords of Draenor plays out. On one hand, Blizzard pulled a good marketing ploy by releasing the new cinematic on the first day of SOE Live, which no doubt grabbed the attention of indecisive players whose attentions can easily be swayed back towards World of Warcraft as soon as the hype train swings back around. On the other hand, people are beginning to feel that WoW has been losing relevancy, and at a faster pace than usual, as it recently lost 800,000 subscriptions. David explored the idea of the possibility of WoW2.0, which could be a possibility. November will definitely be an interesting time in the MMOG world, especially with not a whole lot of anything new on the horizon.
What do you think? Can Warlords of Draenor bring World of Warcraft back to relevancy? Is WoW2.0 a possibility? Tired of WoW no matter what? Will you be getting the expansion for nostalgia's sake or are you on the market for a new game?