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Wrath of the Lich King Beta Level Cap Increased To 80 As Blizzard Releases Northrend Behind the Scenes Dev Video

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As World of Warcraft Classic inches ever closer to Wrath of the Lich King, the beta test is in full swing. As of yesterday, players will be able to level their beta character to 80 and test features such as flying as well as the Death Knight starting zone.

The update comes to us via the WoW forums (via Blue Tracker), detailing the changes coming to WotLK Classic. Specifically, the recent patch includes a focus on flying in the Northrend, specifically testing the questing and leveling up experience in the zone, as well as testing the Death Knight starting experience. The level cap has been increased to 80 in the beta as well. 

New features such as a revamped group finder and phasing are also up for testing.

Blizzard also released a nearly 10-minute long video this morning talking about the behind-the-scenes of developing Wrath of the Lich King. The video dives deep with game devs who worked as level designers on WotLK: Sarah Boulian-Verrall, Aaron Keller (current game director on Overwatch) as well as Ely Cannon. The team talks about creating the setting, and building the world that Arthas inhabited in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, specifically Northrend. It also goes into a deep dive of how maps in World of Warcraft are created.

You can check out the video in the embed below. Right now there isn't a set date for when we'll see Wrath of the Lich King Classic release, but given that the MMO is in its beta right now, World of Warcraft's next Classic expansion is likely coming rather soon.

In other Blizzard news, in case you missed it, the World of Warcraft: Dragonflight team has seen a boost in manpower as the company has acquired Boston-based Proletariat. As such, Proletariat's spell-slinging battle royale, Spellbreak, will be shutting down next year.


Joseph Bradford

Joseph has been writing or podcasting about games in some form since about 2012. Having written for multiple major outlets such as IGN, Playboy, and more, Joseph started writing for MMORPG in 2015. When he's not writing or talking about games, you can typically find him hanging out with his 10-year old or playing Magic: The Gathering with his family. Also, don't get him started on why Balrogs *don't* have wings. You can find him on Twitter @LotrLore