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BlizzCast 15: The Cataclysm Begins
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Blizzard Entertainment has released the fifteenth BlizzCast, a series of podcasts created by Blizzard's Community Team and focusing on the company's current and future game offerings. Number fourteen focuses on the impending release of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm the next expansion for the popular fantasy MMO.

Zarhym: So moving onto the bad guys, Deathwing is pretty much, I would say, the primary antagonist, I don't think there's much argument there, but his rise does seem to rekindle or ignite a host of other conflicts in the world. I've played a little bit of beta, I know players looking to level beyond 80 will quickly discover that in the 80 to 82 zones Mount Hyjal and Vashjir. Will you talk a little bit about the conflicts taking place in those two zones and the roles players will play there as they shift into these new 80 to 85 zones?

Alex Afrasiabi: Yeah, totally. We have the overarching Deathwing story. Deathwing breaks through the, essentially, the middle of the world, the elemental planes, he transcends them and cuts through what is the Well of Eternity in the Maelstrom and causes instability throughout the world, essentially shatters the world. That's our big overarching hook, so we have that playing across every single zone. Every zone you hit will have some type of hit here. Secondary storylines that we have playing in every zone, Vashjir, Hyjal, Deepholm, you name it, is the Horde/Alliance conflict. This is something that we set out to do in Northrend with Lich King. We had some definite success there, and we carried it through, we carried it through hugely, through into Cataclysm. Garrosh being Warchief now and Varian, of course, taking the helm as king of Stormwind. These are two boisterous characters, and they have their opinions on things, and they definitely butt heads. Believe me, they're both going somewhere. Hopefully the fans will get to see that in a bit. So, the Horde/Alliance conflict is another thing that you see all over the place. It's important to keep that up so that you don't wind up in this weird position where something we used to do a lot of is the more hand-holding type events, which they're cool and they have a place, but the game had started becoming just all about joining forces and less about the actual conflict between these diametrically opposed factions. And, of course, we have the minions of Deathwing and those that are subservient to him, the Twilight's Hammer and the Naga by proxy of Azshara are forces that you see in, I think, every zone in 80 to 85. Plus, you will see them all over the place leveling up in the new old world content. Huge, huge things. And, of course, in the pre-sundering/pre-shattering events you see on the PTR right now you see all those Doomsayers and all the crazy Twilight Cultists in the cities being flooded and invaded, so there's quite a bit going on here.
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