Blizzard has confirmed that the fifth expansion for World of Warcraft, the one scheduled for after Mists of Pandaria, is already in development.
There’s more than one in the works as well; according to Blizzard COO Paul Sams, the WoW team already knows what it’ll do for “multiple expansions ahead”.
The COO is already pretty excited for the expansion to come after the expansion after Mists of Pandaria (did you follow that?).
“I got the pitch from Chris Metzen of what they plan for 6.0 and I’m pretty geeked up about it. They already know what they’re going to be doing for multiple expansions ahead.”
The COO spent a bit of time discussing expansion number 5, explaining that the lore of the game dictates the direction of the development of the online world.
“They have an idea – a general framework. They’re these lore creators. They’re the ones who drive what the world looks like today and what it’ll be like tomorrow and beyond.
“I think the future of World Of Warcraft continues to be bright and I think Mists of Pandaria is going to breathe huge life into what I believe is the best MMO out there. I think the number of people we have playing and the level of enthusiasm they have for the game suggests that to be the case.”
“This is the next of many ways in which we’re going to grow and improve and evolve this game,” he concludes.
Blizzard’s MMO cash cow has lost a bit of steam since The Old Republic’s release, but the company is clearly showing no signs of slowing down.