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An expansion is additional software (usually made available for retail sale) that adds new content and features to a game.

The content of an expansion is usually not available to anyone who does not own the expansion, however World of Warcraft has broken this pattern partially by allowing all players to experience some previously exclusive expansion content (professions are the biggest example). Most expansions will not install or run as stand-alone products.

For example, the Frozen Throne expansion for Warcraft III added new campaigns, units, maps, and other content to the game.


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It was stated on an interview before the first World of Warcraft expansion (possibly by Rob Pardo) that "We have made concepts for this expansion, and we already have enough ideas for 5-6 more".

Blizzard has stated it planned to release one expansion per year for World of Warcraft. Yet development of new expansions has taken significantly longer.

Fan ideas

WoWWiki has an article for fan ideas about future expansions.

See also

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World of Warcraft World of Warcraft expansions:

HsW Link goes to Hearthstone wiki.

HotS Link goes to Heroes of the Storm wiki.

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