Rumor: New WoW: Cataclysm Playable Races Leaked

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Rumor: New WoW: Cataclysm Playable Races Leaked

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Evidence is piling up that Blizzard's mysterious Cataclysm is the next expansion for World of Warcraft and that it will include, apparently, two new playable races.

In early July, it was reported that PC titan Blizzard had filed a mysterious trademark for something called Cataclysm. All wild speculation that Cataclysm would be a heavy metal MMOG starring Ozzy Osbourne aside, the pieces seem to be falling into place, and it's looking more and more likely that Cataclysm will be the next expansion pack to the MMOG scene's proverbial 800-lb gorilla, World of Warcraft.

Later in July, some enterprising dataminers found some very interesting information in the latest patch files - brand-new Halloween masks for not just male and female Goblins, but also male and female Worgen (for those of you not familiar with Warcraft lore, Worgen are essentially werewolves). Incidentally, this would be the first-ever appearance of female Worgen in the four-and-a-half-years since WoW went live.

Now, WoW.com reports that "multiple sources close to the situation" have confirmed the two new playable races. The Goblins of Undermine will be throwing that pesky neutrality to the wind (well, some of them, anyway) and signing up with the Horde, while the feral Worgen will join the Alliance.

The latter of which isn't quite as strange as it seems - it's long been hinted that the populace of the isolated city-state of Gilneas has been afflicted with the Worgen curse, and these details would fit in nicely with an official tease that Gilneas' Greymane Wall would be opening up sooner than we think: "The consequences could be disastrous! We'd be absolutely out of our minds to ever do such a thing......"

Again, this is all just rumor and speculation, but it's looking increasingly likely that Blizzard will have something up their sleeve next weekend at BlizzCon '09 - and we'll be right there to report on it!

And, the predictable whining about Alliance getting furries starts in 5... 4... 3...

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The game that won't die continues not dying.

*sigh* Do really need more WoW??? And why in the hell is the Alliance getting furries, can Blizzard not see that furries are not wanted?

Quitting WoW is still paying off!

I seriously doubt worgen will be a race let alone an alliance race, considering how awfully racist the humans are. And I remember them releasing a handful more masks a few days after mmo champ had this story. Goblins, however remain a possibility because blizz has clothed them in tier gear several times (on the tournament realms) and they didn't look half bad.

Great, furries. Now everyone from Second Life will join the alliance.

not a zaar:
The game that won't die continues not dying.

Should it die?

I've always looked at WoW as the shining example of quality control. They force all other competition to actually do something new and fresh.

I wish we had that sort of thing in the FPS world or RPG world. Maybe then I wouldn't be playing a bunch of less impressive copies of the N64 game "Perfect Dark". Seriously. You throw in vehicles to that game and its a graphically inferior but overall superior version of the most acclaimed games in modern FPS world.

Course the sequel could die in a fire but that's how it often goes.

I like when games force a change, they create an atmosphere where "shovelware" just won't survive. You want to make an MMO? Sure go for it, but if its the same bullshit people will drop it for WoW.

Every other genre doesn't have this yet and because of it all they get are graphical enhancements while gameplay falls into the shitter.

WoW isn't perfect...AT ALL...but it does a good service to the community. It makes making bullshit much more difficult.

Note: I'm sure people are going to assault this point of view but that's the internet ;).

Rednog:
I seriously doubt worgen will be a race let alone an alliance race, considering how awfully racist the humans are. And I remember them releasing a handful more masks a few days after mmo champ had this story. Goblins, however remain a possibility because blizz has clothed them in tier gear several times (on the tournament realms) and they didn't look half bad.

The fact they never added a Neutral race disappointed me. It is very easy to create a shallow war game story, which they ended up doing. When you add in a third party "The scissors to the otherwise dull game of rock vs. Paper." it puts in a paradigm that helps keep things rather on edge.

Murloc, Goblin, Ogre, The energy Aliens (name eludes me), and the Walrus folks (name eludes me) would be perfect. They all have instances of nuetrility and all have tribes that can speak both languages.

This also gives you roughly the correct heights to match the other races.

Plus frankly its 5 of the more entertaining races in the entire game. Maybe not those alien things, but the other 4 have kept me smiling pretty consistently when I read what they say.

But alas, one thing I may not see till a Warhammer 40k game is made is a universe where its not just Red Vs. Blue. Though for a RVB game it is at least playable :P.

I might go back to wow for a month or so if this is true... damn you blizzard!

I don't really see the big deal about the worgen. Seriously, you're complaining about furries just now coming to WoW after the horde has had native american cows on their side since day one?

Either way, I finally have a reason to go alliance. Yay, anthropomorphics!

Michael_McCloud:
I don't really see the big deal about the worgen. Seriously, you're complaining about furries just now coming to WoW after the horde has had native american cows on their side since day one?

People just need a reason to bitch. Since frankly life is otherwise pretty peachy for them :P.

NekoiHiokans:
*sigh* Do really need more WoW??? And why in the hell is the Alliance getting furries, can Blizzard not see that furries are not wanted?

There tapping into a brand new market...of furries lovers...

theultimateend:

Note: I'm sure people are going to assault this point of view but that's the internet ;).

I just wish they would continue the singleplayer storyline...Warcarft4 anyone?

unacomn:
Great, furries. Now everyone from Second Life will join the alliance.

I fail to see why this is a problem? Alliance and Furries seems like a perfectly normal course of action. And honestly I would prefer that everyone from Second Life join the Alliance instead of the Horde. That way we can slaughter all of them and take fluffy tails as trophies.

Ive never been a fan of WoW. They took a good RTS and an amazing world and they sent it to furry hell.

It is my hope that no Dalaran wizard seeks out the Worgen, even if done in light conscious. For no pact may be struck, no secrets may be learned, no good can come from these beasts. They are best left to their world. For if found in ours and not destroyed, our peril will be dire...

I'm going to go bludgeon someone now, and if that doesn't work I'm going to take a clown hostage.

Michael_McCloud:
I don't really see the big deal about the worgen. Seriously, you're complaining about furries just now coming to WoW after the horde has had native american cows on their side since day one?

Native American Cows that are superb herbalists, mind you. oh, and their hunters start with guns....... lots of guns........

hansari:

NekoiHiokans:
*sigh* Do really need more WoW??? And why in the hell is the Alliance getting furries, can Blizzard not see that furries are not wanted?

There tapping into a brand new market...of furries lovers...

theultimateend:

Note: I'm sure people are going to assault this point of view but that's the internet ;).

I just wish they would continue the singleplayer storyline...Warcarft4 anyone?

I'd be all for a Warcraft 4 or a Starcraft MMO. Either would help satiate my desire for Blizzard games.

People may bash them all they want but personally I've had nothing but good experiences with Blizzard. Which is extremely rare. The only other companies I could say that about have all been absorbed by EA and thusly no longer exist.

*cries over Westwood as he rubs his old CnC games against his naked body*

A company so utterly destroyed by EA that (probably still) their name is censored and they will ban you for bringing them up. I got banned twice just for saying I missed them as a passing comment :P.

Delmar Wynn:

unacomn:
Great, furries. Now everyone from Second Life will join the alliance.

I fail to see why this is a problem? Alliance and Furries seems like a perfectly normal course of action. And honestly I would prefer that everyone from Second Life join the Alliance instead of the Horde. That way we can slaughter all of them and take fluffy tails as trophies.

Most hardcore Second Life players will never leave Second Life. Even if Second Life made a game called Second Second Life.

Im pretty psyched about thte possibilities, but honestly, I have been wanting a new class-races are fine and all, but a whole new skill set would be much more preferable. Though having Worgen on our side would be just spectacular.

-This-is-Hip-Hop

I predicted something along these lines years ago. But with more Alliance furrys and more Horde gankers.

But I guess they'll save Furbolgs and Murlocs for the Emerald Dream. And make both of them able to be Druids.

Yay! Furries!....I mean Blizzard suck and sold their soul 4 and a half years ago.

Sevre90210:
Yay! Furries!....I mean Blizzard suck and sold their soul 4 and a half years ago.

Yes because corporations are living entities that have souls.

Damn them for making a successful game that keeps millions of people entertained.

The bastards.

not a zaar:
The game that won't die continues not dying.

And why should it? People still enjoy it and still enjoy playing it.

Might come back.

Well this is hardly a good reason to convince me to go back to Wow. I had some good times with but I found that IRL is much better

Just as I decide to quit, hoorah.

Wouldn't be surprised to see this as true, although it not going ahead (Dance Studio, anyone?) would not be surprising either.

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Well hi there! I'm a Tauren! I've been a playable Horde race since WoW was released in 2004! And obliviously you will noticed I'm completely covered in fur! Just like the Worgens...

Sweet, furries. Though it's hardly enough to get me back into WoW, ever. That game's a wreck.

I bloody love playing beast-men type of races like tauren, argonian, hajiit, minotaurs and whatever in other games.

Thank god I never got into it. This sounds horrible.

theultimateend:

Sevre90210:
Yay! Furries!....I mean Blizzard suck and sold their soul 4 and a half years ago.

Yes because corporations are living entities that have souls.

Damn them for making a successful game that keeps millions of people entertained.

The bastards.

Yes, they deserve to be quartered, damn them and their ability to keep fans happy for 4 and a half years.

The bastards.

Who else thinks Shrek and Fiona?

Sevre90210:

theultimateend:

Sevre90210:
Yay! Furries!....I mean Blizzard suck and sold their soul 4 and a half years ago.

Yes because corporations are living entities that have souls.

Damn them for making a successful game that keeps millions of people entertained.

The bastards.

Yes, they deserve to be quartered, damn them and their ability to keep fans happy for 4 and a half years.

The bastards.

Without italics I can't tell if that's Sarcasm or not. Because overall they have managed to keep the vast majority of their fans happy. If they didn't people wouldn't be playing. Look at Tabula Rasa or Hellgate London (or any game that doesn't keep fans happy).

I still want the Furbolg as a playable class.

hansari:

NekoiHiokans:
*sigh* Do really need more WoW??? And why in the hell is the Alliance getting furries, can Blizzard not see that furries are not wanted?

There tapping into a brand new market...of furries lovers...

I can't wait for /b/ or Encyclopedia Dramatica to get a hold of this...Blizzard is slowly going to kill the internet.

Harbinger_:
Thank god I never got into it. This sounds horrible.

In what way? Which furthers my belief that the Escapist community is completely biased against WoW and MMOs in general.

APPCRASH:
Ive never been a fan of WoW. They took a good RTS and an amazing world and they sent it to furry hell.

Ummm... It's been out for 4 years now... This is the first instance of so called "furries". Way to be a pessimist.

hansari:
I just wish they would continue the singleplayer storyline...Warcarft4 anyone?

They have said that they will. They just have other projects on their hands at the moment.
(Starcraft 2, Diablo 3, WoW: Cataclysm, and that other MMO they're making.)

Meh, new playable races are no big news - other than a racial, which is sure to be a completely useless one to keep things "fair", we're just seeing the same content we've already seen but in a different skin.

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