World of Warcraft Legion
A screenshot from World of Warcraft: Legion. Blizzard

Blizzard has announced that the next expansion for MMO World of Warcraft will be released worldwide on 30 August. Legion will lift the game's level cap to 110, introduce a new area, new dungeons, two raids and a Demon Hunter hero class.

"Defenders of the Alliance and the Horde – a great and ancient enemy has set its sights on Azeroth once more, and soon the land will be consumed in a storm of fel fire," reads a statement on "Starting on August 30, kingdoms will burn, heroes will fall, and the world will stand on the precipice of destruction with the launch of World of Warcraft: Legion!

Those who pre-order the game will receive an instant character boost to level 100, and unlock early access to the Demon Hunter hero class prior to the expansion's release. Legion was announced at Gamescom 2015 in Cologne, Germany and is the sixth major expansion for the massively-multiplayer RPG that first launched in November 2004.

The Broken Isles – Legion's new location – is described as "the epicenter of the demon invasion". "Explore lush forests, colossal mountain ranges, and night elven cities older than human civilization. But native dangers lurk here too: twisted satyrs, savage drogbar, and cursed Kvaldir prowl the Isles alongside the Legion's marauding army."

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