Battle for Azeroth is the latest WoW expansion

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Finally, the level cap has been raised to 120, and purchasers of the expansion can boost right to level 110 and dive into the new content. Horde players will get to traipse through the ancient empire of Zandalar, with the oldest city Zuldazar, the swamps of Nazmir and the deadly deserts of Vol'dun to visit.

As you can imagine, this announcement brought with it an insanely good-looking cinematic trailer, a hallmark of the studio, which provides a little bit of backstory on the next expansion.

And a core new feature in Battle for Azeroth is the ability to explore and plunder uncharted islands.

The great news is this new feature will also work with WoW's previous expansions. Six new "allied races" join the fight, with three playable for each faction (and supposedly more coming after launch), including Void Elves, Lightforced Draenei, Blackiron Dwarves, Highmountain Tauren, Zandalari Trolls, and Nightborn.

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With a return to form for the story and a confident new lineup of modes, activities, and systems, Battle for Azeroth could be the expansion that returns World of Warcraft to its former glory. Warfronts will team up 20 players together for cooperative battles against AI armies commanded by a specific enemy commander who has their own strategies and army composition. A new resource, called Azerite, feeds the necklace and lets players unlock new powers and traits in their armor.

Battle of Azeroth, which will be released next year, will focus on what started it all for the Warcraft franchise: the conflict between the Alliance and the Horde. The publisher courted some controversy a year ago when they sent a cease and desist letter to a group of fans who were getting the original version of the game running on private servers on a project called World of Warcraft: Nostalrius.

Well, Blizzard has relented: at the annual BlizzCon event in California, which is taking place this weekend, WoW executive producer J. Allen Brack told the crowd that classic servers are making a comeback. This was apparently a large endeavor they only recently figured out how to make it happen.