WoW's Rise of Azshara update won't have new Allied races

During a live Q&A, World of Warcraft Game Director Ion Hazzikostas confirmed that no new Allied races will appear in the coming Rise of Azshara update.

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World of Warcraft has been going strong for over ten years now, and Blizzard currently has no plans to bring the MMO’s story to a close. In fact, a recent developer Q&A with Community Manager Josh Allen and Game Director Ion Hazzikostas, it was confirmed that no new Allied races are planned for Rise of Azshara, the latest big patch coming to World of Warcraft.

The Q&A, which took place March 21, includes a lot of great information for World of Warcraft fans to soak up. In the session Allen and Hazzikostas covered an assortment of questions, including topics like measuring “fun” in WoW, as well as how they plan to update the Caverns of Time portal and other travel updates coming to the game. One of the biggest nuggets of info, for Allied players at least, came when user Portergauge asked a question regarding the future implementation of more Allied races.

Game Director Ian Hazzikostas and Community Manager Josh Allen discuss World of Warcraft during the live Q&A.
Game Director Ian Hazzikostas and Community Manager Josh Allen discuss World of Warcraft during the live Q&A.

In response, Hazzikostas stated “We’re open and excited to add new Allied races where it makes sense. There certainly isn’t a plan where every patch is going to have a new set of allied races.” He did mention that future patches will introduce some new Allied races, but that’s of course not information they are willing to talk about just yet. Fans can also rest assured that they’ll be advised of any new introductions like that, as they always have been.

The Q&A continues for a good bit, covering several great topics and even talking a bit about WoW Classic, which according to Hazzikostas will launch with three types of realms: Normal, PvP and even Roleplaying. He also confirmed that there are no plans right now for an RP-PvP realm, so fans looking for that kind of experience will need to wait.

I highly suggest checking out the entire Q&A session if you’re a World of Warcraft fan. Even if you aren’t, it’s interesting to see how an MMO veteran like Blizzard plans to continue to support and grow a game that’s been around as long as WoW has. If you haven’t given WoW a try in a while, then make sure you check out our Battle for Azeroth review to see what we thought of the last large-scale expansion.

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    March 22, 2019 5:15 PM

    Josh Hawkins posted a new article, WoW's Rise of Azshara update won't have new Allied races

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      March 22, 2019 7:28 PM

      We want naga!

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        March 22, 2019 7:31 PM

        naga please..

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        March 23, 2019 2:58 AM

        I can't believe they still don't have ogres

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          March 23, 2019 3:50 AM

          where each head can have a different class, and you can switch between them

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            March 23, 2019 5:13 AM

            Screw that, I want to HotS Cho'gall my way through WoW.

            Two people controlling one character.

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      March 22, 2019 7:38 PM

      Woopty shit. It's still a joke what you have to go through the get the first ones–reskins and aren't-void-elves-better-than-high-elveslolol–and laughable that the selling point ones of this expac were just barely released. Anyone see the Kul'Tiran moonkin form? Top notch. Toooop notch.

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        March 23, 2019 2:55 AM

        Yeah that was bullshit, presenting it like a standard feature then locking it behind the rep

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          March 23, 2019 5:04 AM

          None of that rep took me that long even though I skipped most of Legion. The quests are good too.

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            March 23, 2019 6:49 AM

            I already had it done. My friends who came back bailed after they realized they had the standard expac rep and one or two major patch zone chains (which at the time were still gated in a few places). For bad reskins with worse stories to justify shoehorning them into their respective factions. It was dumb and Blizz eventually reduced what was needed.

            Bah, I could go on and on. I really dislike where the game went at the very end of Legion and I loathe BFA. Thirteen years playing a game and this expac finally killed it for me.

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              March 23, 2019 10:40 AM

              I was close on a couple but didn't actually bother doing the quests when I had the rep lol

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          March 23, 2019 7:04 AM

          On top of that for the trolls and KT dudes you have to complete pathfinder part 1 on both alliance and horde since in addition to rep it's gated by the zone quests.

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      March 22, 2019 9:57 PM

      I bet there’s horse who are salty that they’re not getting playable vulpera!

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        March 23, 2019 5:05 AM

        There are. Nobody gives a shit about snake people though. I want Horde Tuskarr. Haha.

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      March 22, 2019 10:01 PM

      They've handled the entire concept of allied races so fucking poorly that it's hard to care.

      Locking them behind achievements was the worst move since their genius "let's take away the awesomeness of flight and lock it behind grindy bullshit" move.

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        March 23, 2019 2:56 AM

        The flight lock sucks ass, I think I did it for mists and legion

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      March 23, 2019 3:35 AM

      I just cancelled my sub for now. There was really nothing left to do that I was interested in. Until the next expansion...