Updated Thu, Apr 18, 2013 by Mem
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.3 is live on the public test realms and from what we have seen so far things are about to get very real in the gaming world we love. However, as things amp up in the game world and our focus is drawn to the impending battle against Garrosh, we cannot help but also let our minds wander on to what the future may hold. What expansions are lurking on World of Warcraft's horizon after Mists of Pandaria? What new worlds (or old ones) will we see?
Unfortunately, no one but lucky Blizzard employees know the real answer to that particular question. With that being said, more expansions there will likely be. With so many potential story lines still available it is hard to pinpoint exactly what direction they will ultimately take. Will we see more under the sea zones? Another Hellfire Peninsula? While we can't say for sure, we can take our best guess. Below are our personal favorites for future WoW expansions. Enjoy!
The naga are seen in various places around Azeroth, yet their story and the story of their ruler; Queen Azshara, has only been told in bits and pieces. The naga and Queen Azshara's story and history in the world is long, interesting, and far from over. This expansion would feature the island kingdoms we already know exist such as Kul Tiras as well as some underwater zones including the seat of Queen Azshara's power; Nazjatar.
Queen Azshara (who as we know as likely
been mutated into a naga demigod) has finally gathered enough
strength to send out her forces to make Azeroth pay for the wrongs
they have done her and there will be hell to pay. Players will need
to battle against her minions and fight their way to her seat of
power deep beneath the ocean where they will finally take on the
queen herself. Rumored to be 20 feet tall with octopus-like
tentacles, Queen Azshara will be an end boss to remember. For
Blizzard to let this story be untold would be a great injustice
I know what you are thinking, the Emerald Dream expansion is impossible, literally cannot be done. As we all probably know, the Emerald Dream has already been done in one of the World of Warcraft based books and therefore there is no way this will ever become a full fledged expansion. However, I have other ideas on the matter.
While the dream was indeed spoken about and seemingly wrapped up in a book, a clue in game gives me hope that we may yet see it come to life in game. Ysera mentions that the Nightmare is escaping again and this time she can do only so much to stop it due to the loss of her powers after Deathwing's defeat. If Ysera's comment comes to fruit and the Nightmare does indeed escape and turn into an expansion pack it will be up to heroes like you and I to take it on. No matter what path this expansion takes, I am certain that the Emerald Dream is a WoW expansion pack that will be worth playing.
While this name may look like something connected to the Worgen, I assure you that it is not. Argus was once the home of the draenei, before most of their people (known as the eredar) were tricked by Sergeras and were given demonic powers. While some say that Argus was destroyed, it is likely that this world is still in exsistance and quite possibly the headquarters for the infamous Burning Legion.
While many players will say that one Burning Legion expansion was enough, I say it wasn't enough. At the end of the Burning Crusade we had only managed to push the Legion back, not defeat them. Somewhere out there they lie in wait, plotting and biding their time. If peace comes after Mists of Pandaria it will likely be after great loss, a prime time for the Legion to strike. Horde and Alliance will once again take them on, but this time we will get to take the fight to them and other worlds to finally wipe the Legion from existence.
That concludes our top 3 potential future World of Warcraft expansion packs. Would you like to see any of these expansions come to life in game? What potential WoW expansions not listed here would you like to see Blizzard take on? How many expansions will WoW ultimately have? Share your thoughts and ideas with us using the comment section below!