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Is Shadowlands the Last World of Warcraft Expansion?

Is Shadowlands the last expansion for World of Warcraft?
Is Shadowlands the last expansion for World of Warcraft? / Photo by Activision Blizzard

Is Shadowlands the last expansion for World of Warcraft? The eighth expansion pack to the massively popular MMORPG was released last November after a short delay. Shadowlands takes players to Warcraft's land of the dead in a dark story that many believe could be the game's final chapter.

Is Shadowlands the Last World of Warcraft Expansion?

Many Warcraft fans are wondering if Shadowlands could be the last storyline in World of Warcraft's sixteen-year history. Due to its morbid themes and focus on the dead, it does seem like a fitting end for the game that has transcended its medium. Activision Blizzard recently just canceled the long-lasting StarCraft franchise, so some potentially believe a new game is being planned by the development team.

Contrary to these beliefs, it is unlikely that Shadowlands will be the last expansion pack released for World of Warcraft. Activision Blizzard has made no announcements about stopping their support for Warcraft. If Shadowlands were indeed the last expansion pack, Activision Blizzard would have likely marketed it as such and would have put more effort into sending their flagship product off into the sunset.

Many fans believe that if an expansion pack follows Shadowlands it will likely involve time travel for the sake of the story. This is a feasible theory given that time travel has already been featured in Warcraft's lore. Given the events of Shadowlands, the next expansion could entail a reset of events, characters, and more.

Activision Blizzard will most likely continue expansions for World of Warcraft due to the game's sustained popularity and financial success. The game is still played by millions worldwide and the franchise expanded into other media in 2016 with a Hollywood feature film. Given World of Warcraft's legacy and standing in pop culture, it can be best assumed that Activision Blizzard will continue releasing expansions for the game.

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands is now available as an expansion pack for World of Warcraft. New features include the ability to fly from different points of the map.