The upcoming expansion of World of Warcraft, Shadowlands, will introduce a new feature (Covenants) where the player has to choose from four unique “sects”. In a special interview, game director of World of Warcraft, Ion Hazzikostas, gave some bonus information regarding these mysterious Covenants.
It looks like that choosing a Covenant will be the second most important choice a player has to do, after creating his character. This new system will have several elements from previous expansion and it will combine them into something new.
“The Covenant system draws upon lessons learned and features from a number of different expansions. There’s an element of the Garrisons from Warlords of Draenor expansion, these bases you can build up and customize; there are elements of artifact weapons from Legion and the customziation and the talent trees that each of the weapons had as you could power them up and wield,” Hazzikostas said. “There are elements of Battle for Azeroth war campaign that was Alliance or Horde each having a separate max-level story.”
In Shadowlands, players will learn about the four superpowers of the Shadowlands–Night Fae, Necrolord, Kyrian, and Venthyr. With all the knowledge you’ve assembled on your way to the new level cap of 60, you’ll then make a big choice of aligning with one of them.
“I think [this is] is probably the single biggest choice, and the most exciting choice, that any player has ever had in World of Warcraft, going all the way back to the choice you had when you made your first character and picked which class you wanted to be and what faction you wanted to join,” Hazzikostas said.
“When you hit max level, you’ll have learned about the four superpowers of the Shadowlands. What their ethos is, the aesthetic that motivates them, and what powers they have to offer you,” Hazzikostas said. “And you’ll pick what excites you most. And that will create and shape a lens through which you will see the rest of your journey through the shadowlands. And that means everything that WoW entails–everything from power progression to unlocking cosmetics to a hopefully compelling story.”
Once you choose a Covenant, you’re granted access to their sanctum, a place where you can take on new quests as part of a new campaign that introduces another narrative to the MMO. Each Covenant class also has unique abilities, an exclusive mount, and specific appearance items.
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands will also feature Controller Support for the first time. In other news, be sure to check the interview about World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Beta and check this crazy Onyxia kill by a bunch of naked players in Classic.