The latest World of Warcraft patch is laying the ground for the Warlords of Draenor expansion.
Patch 6.0.2 will bring the new character models for the original characters, namely, Dwarf, Gnome, Human, Night Elf, Orc, Tauren, Troll, Undead, and Draenei, to the game.
Basically, the characters have an “increase to fidelity and texture resolution,” and character animations have been improved to make them more expressive.
In line with the Warlords of Draenor story, Blizzard has started the Iron Horde’s invasion in Patch 6.0.2.
According to the patch notes: “The Dark Portal in the Blasted Lands has turned blood red.
“Hundreds of strange-looking orcs are violently pouring into Azeroth, killing everything that stands in their path.
“Nethergarde and Okril’lon have already fallen, and while the Horde and the Alliance moved as quickly as they could to get reinforcements to their people, they are too late.
“The Iron Horde invasion has begun.”
Players who wish to try and halt the Iron Horde’s progress in Azeroth can head over to the Blasted Lands and start fighting the invaders.
Level 90 characters can also head over to a “specially revamped five-player version ” of Upper Blackrock Spire for a limited time to repel the rampaging Orcs.
Warlords of Draenor will be released on November 13, and will be the fifth WoW expansion in the franchise.
The first expansion was The Burning Crusade (2007), followed by the Wrath of the Lich King (2008), Cataclysm (2010), and most recently, Mists of Pandaria (2012).
Warlords of Draenor is in closed beta now.
According to Blizzard:
“This phase of the beta test focuses on the Tanaan Jungle starting experience and allows players to continue on into Shadowmoon Valley (Alliance) and Frostfire Ridge (Horde). High-level content will become available for testing in future updates. Level-90 character templates are available if you’d like to try a new character, or you can copy over your own high-level characters.”