The stakes have never been higher for World of Warcraft’s next expansion

It’s no secret that World of Warcraft has had a rough few years. Shadowlands initially showed a lot of promise: Torghast looked interesting, the new area was colorful and fresh, and the afterlife of Azeroth had plenty of opportunities to meet old heroes and villains.

But Shadowlands’ light faded quickly, perhaps more so than any previous expansion. That’s got a lot of attention from Blizzard as it prepares to officially announce World of Warcraft’s next expansion on April 19. And now, more than ever, Blizzard needs to learn from past mistakes and address some of the bigger problems plaguing Shadowlands.