Blizzard have been busy with a successful Blizzcon announcing their fifth expansion pack for World of Warcraft, called Warlords of Draenor—but not busy enough as they are already in development for their sixth expansion, which is still to be named.
In an interview with Polygon and Co-Founder/President of Blizzard Mike Morhaime, Morhaime explained how the developer is trying to improve the pace of the expansion packs for WoW to keep players more engaged and staying subscribed.
“It’s going to be on us and our development team to continually look at ways to evolve the game and keep it relevant and look for new ways of maintaining engagement within the game. We view expansions as a huge opportunity to do that.
“We recognize that we need to release them on a faster cadence than we have in the past. So we’re investing in the team and our resources to enable us to do that.
“We also have to start looking further down the road and planning further out. We’ve already started working on the expansion after this one [Warlords of Draenor]. We’ve never done that in the past. We’ve been doing one expansion at a time, sort of a very linear content creation model, and we’ve looked at ways that we can parallelize that. So that while we’re working on this expansion we’re looking at the new one.”
The studio has only made four expansion packs in eight years, so it has taken them some time for each of these expansions. This may be because World of Warcraft is getting more and more subscribers everyday.
Blizzard has yet to confirm a release date for Warlords of Draenor, but has guaranteed its fans that it will change many features of its MMO.