Gamescom 2016: World of Warcraft Legion: Patch 7.1 Detailed

(Source: Blizzard)

With World of Warcraft’s sixth expansion just a few weeks away, Blizzard is already debuting footage from Legion’s first major patch: Patch 7.1: Return to Karazhan.

In a stream with popular WoW Twitch streamer, Slootbag, Blizzard’s WoW Assistant Game Director, Ion Hazzikostas, most commonly known as WatcherDev, detailed the upcoming patch to the acclaimed MMO.

The major element added in Return to Karazhan is an updated version of the Burning Crusade favorite raid as a new five-man dungeon. All 9 raid bosses will still be included in the five-man version, making it the largest dungeon World of Warcraft has seen in quite some time. Fans of the original raid worried about the possible loss of the old fan favorite raid have nothing to fear, as Hazzikostas said that the original raid will still be available.

Additional content will include another unannounced small raid that will wrap up the Stormheim story. There will also be outdoor content that continues forward the Nightfallen story in Suramar.

Players looking to test Patch 7.1 can look for it on the PTR following the release of Legion later this month.

In addition to detailing Patch 7.1 on the stream, Hazzikostas answered a few questions regarding the future of World of Warcraft and its development. Fans will be glad to hear that Blizzard is shifting away from their former stance of releasing faster expansions. Hazzikostas talked about how Blizzard sacrificed aspects of the game they shouldn’t have in order to accomplish this, making the expansions worse in the process.

Blizzard is now focusing on developing a constant stream of content, allowing expansions like Legion to breathe. They don’t want players to run out of things to do, adding that each raid tier will last roughly four to five months.

Looks like Blizzard has learned the lessons taught by Warlords of Draenor. While the previous expansion came out to strong reviews, the lack of content was a huge cause for concern for the player base.

To put things into perspective, Warlords of Draenor’s last significant patch, Patch 6.2, was released in June 2015, a full 13 months before Legion’s pre-expansion Patch 7.0. 13 months is 4-5 months more than the usual wait between expansions, an outrageous wait according to most fans. Blizzard definitely doesn’t want to find themselves without releasing major content for over a year again. With Patch 7.1 and the future of Legion, it looks like they have remedied that problem.

World of Warcraft: Legion releases on August 30th.