Since the big announcement at Blizzcon about the next World of Warcraft expansion – Warlords of Draenor – information has been light. However, World of Warcraft‘s Creative Director, Alex Afrasiabi, has taken to Twitter to keep us all abreast of the latest stuff he and his team are working on.
You go Alex!
So far Afrasiabi has uploaded screenshots of two new zones in the upcoming expansion – Talador and Gorgrond. These are areas that existed on Draenor before the whole planet was torn apart by Ner’zhul’s slack policy on opening dimensional portals all over the place, which gave us Outland – the setting for World of Warcraft‘s first expansion; The Burning Crusade.
The first zone, Talador, is roughly where Terrokar Forest would be in Outland now. Chiefly a Draenei settlement, it’s going for the same autumnal theme that gave the Vale of Eternal Blossoms that cheery distinction in Mists of Pandaria. You know, before the Sha came and wrecked the place.
The second, Gorgrond, is more or less where the Blade’s Edge Mountains would sit in our current timeline in Outland, with some influences from the Barrens and Thousand Needles. While quoting desolate landscapes as influence might make it seem drab, there will be a heavy Iron Horde presence and the relentless onslaught of industry being forged across the zone, which is sure to spruce the place up.
The other zones have been documented in previous posts, so I put the landscape pictures I have into a slideshow. If you want to keep up-to-date with the zones, I would give the Warcraft Creative Director a follow – it seems like Afrasiabi is content to post work-in-progress screenshots when he’s happy with them. And don’t forget, they are work-in-progress – that means ‘not final’ and ‘subject to change’.