Having originally released all the way back in 2004, Blizzard’s genre-defining MMO World of Warcraft has 16 years of history now under its belt. As such, starting the game right now might seem too daunting for some players.
Blizzard’s Johnny Cash spoke to GameSpot recently about this issue and how the new Shadowlands expansion is purposefully trying to offer a better new player experience. Part of this is through the introduction of a new starting zone, Exile’s Reach, along with the game’s first “level squish.” With Shadowlands, players who reached the 120 level cap are being reduced to 50, with 60 standing as the new cap.
“One of our major goals for Shadowlands was we wanted to make WoW more accessible to people,” Cash said. “WoW is a game that’s been around for quite a long time. It has an immense legacy to it. And one of the growing pains as the game has gotten older is that we had 120 levels that people needed to work through to get a character to play with their friends or to join their raid group as an alt, or whatever they wanted to do.”
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