BlizzCon 2019 didn’t fail to deliver during its keynote on Friday. During the presentation, the first cinematic trailer for the World of Warcraft expansion Shadowlands was unveiled. Even better, a features overview trailer for Shadowlands was unveiled, too.
The five-minute cinematic trailer teases an epic journey with stunning visuals of a fight between former Horde Warchief turned master villain Sylvanas Windrunner go to Icecrown to battle against current Lich King Bolvar Fordragon. WoW fans will recognize Bolvar from the previous expansion, Wrath of the Lich King. Sylvanas and Bolvar proceed to battle it out in larger-than-life fashion, with Sylvanas seemingly outwitting Bolvar’s every move. Despite the Lich King appearing to have the advantage with his oversized hammer of fire and ice as well as a hulking frame, Sylvanas beats his every move with her bow made of bones and bewitched arrows. Sylvanas makes it clear she is on the warpath and hellbent to change the world forever as she takes off Bolvar’s crown and breaks it in half, literally tearing the fabric between worlds as life and death become one.
The Shadowlands expansion is a follow-up to Battle for Azeroth is expected to arrive in 2020. In addition to the cinematic trailer, a features overview trailer was also released giving gamers a look at the actual gameplay. It’s hard not to be enticed by the detailed look of the world, which is steeped in underworld imagery and bold colors. Per the Shadowlands site, players will be able to align themselves with one of four covenants and a new feature will be introduced: the infinite dungeon known as Torghast, Tower of the Damned. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg as Blizzard Entertainment shared even more Shadowland gameplay features on Friday (listed below).
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands expansion is now available to pre-order on the game’s official site. For now, check out the cinematic trailer and features gameplay overview footage below:
And, if you’re extra curious, here’s a roundup of even more features reported in an official press release (via Kotaku) that come in the WoW: Shadowlands expansion to make your experience even more pulse-pounding and immersive:
- Explore the Realm of the Dead: For the first time ever in World of Warcraft, players will cross into the Shadowlands and experience the wonders and horrors of the afterlife across five new zones—the gleaming fields of Bastion, the scarred battlefields of Maldraxxus, the eternal twilight of Ardenweald, the opulent keeps of Revendreth, and the horrific Maw.
- Claim a Covenant’s Power: Players will be called upon to forge a bond with one of four Covenants that rule Shadowlands’ new zones, setting the tone for their journey through the expansion with a full Covenant Campaign. As they level up, they’ll get new abilities based on their choice, including class-specific abilities for each Covenant—as well as developing Soulbinds with specific Covenant members, which grant them access to that character’s specific traits and bonuses.
- Ascend the Tower of the Damned: At the heart of the Maw lies Torghast, Tower of the Damned, a cursed otherworldly prison where the wickedest souls in the universe are locked away. Highly replayable and inspired by roguelike games, heroes are invited to explore its ever-changing halls and chambers and do battle with the minions of the Jailer, Torghast’s vile ruler. Those who brave its trials can claim legendary treasures and help free the heroic spirits wrongfully trapped within.
- Every Level Is Meaningful: Shadowlands will introduce a new leveling system, meant to provide a meaningful sense of advancement with every level achieved.
Current max-level characters will begin Shadowlands at level 50 and work toward the new level cap of 60.
- A New Army of the Dead Rises: To combat Sylvanas’ assault on Icecrown, Bolvar Fordragon— the revered former paladin who took on the mantle of Lich King to keep the Scourge at bay—has raised heroes from among all the peoples of Azeroth to bolster the Death Knights of Acherus. With Shadowlands, pandaren and all allied races will now be able to become Death Knights.
- Improved Character Customization Options: A host of new appearance options for all races will be made available to players when they create new World of Warcraft characters (or alter existing ones at the in-game barber shop).