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What changes will happen to the major cities?



There's always been a balance of major cities in the game. Alliance has Ironforge, Darnassus, Stormwind, and Exodar. The Horde has Thunder Bluff, Orgrimmar, Undercity, and Silvermoon. I've heard that Gnomeregan will be reopened as a major city for the Alliance...does that mean another major city will be destroyed? (Please say Darnassus.) Will a Horde city be destroyed? Will each faction both gain two cities?

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Gnomeregan isn't being reopened as a major city. Rather, it is going to become the Gnome starting area.

While none of the cities are going to be wiped off the map in the Cataclysm, Ogrimmar and Stormwind both are razed during the initial events of Deathwings emergence, and a major plot-thread of the runup to cataclysm is how those two cities cope.

In Ogrimmar, Garrosh comes to the conclusion that Ogrimmar must never burn again, and so, rebuilds the city into a fortess of Iron and Steel and Saronite, bristling with spikes and Battlements.

In Stormwind, Deathwing leaves a scar across the park district, causing significant damage to the city.

The other cities changes in the Cataclysm are, for the most part, more poilitical than environmental or architectural, though I'd imagine Darnassus, simply by nature of the introduction of flying, and it's... unique... locale, might be due for a revamp, simply to fit in better to a world with flying mounts. Ironforge, the Exodar, and the Undercity could see similar buildouts for similar reasons.


Currently in the beta there are almost no changes to Darnassus, Ironforge, Exodar, Silvermoon or Undercity (tho Undercity has finally be given a proper roof). There are some changes in Thunderbluff, but they are pretty minor. – Wridel (Jul 14 2010 5:34 PM)



Also Undercity is going to be revamped in the ruins area to make it look better, and a giant hole in the ground will be opened to accommodate flying mounts to be flown in. Orgrimmar is being rebuilt with a new "Northrend-ish" look and will also have a tunnel going to Azshara to the Goblin city. Stormwind is going to be razed on the park area.. That's all the confirmed info I know of, but I imagine there will be a big difference in horde cities with Garrosh taking over and all, with the way that he is treating the other races of the horde. Especially with the events at the Wrathgate, this has given Garrosh a major distrust towards our friendly Forsaken. So there are going to be some changes, but not any removing or gaining of capitals at this point.



Here are the changes occuring to the cities of both Factions: The Alliance

Stormwind: Park District is destroyed. Stormwind Lake and Stormwind City Cemetery are added to the City grounds. SW Keep is being updated and is now much more regal. Screenshots can be seen here. Stormwind City

Ironforge: Possible entrance to the Hall of Thanes, as that is where the now petrified King Magni is. Ironforge is now ruled by the council of the Three Hammers. Moira Thaurissan, (brainwashed princess of Ironforge who has borne the late Emperor Thaurissan a son who is heir to BOTH Dark Iron and Ironforge Thrones), Muradin and Falstad Wildhammer rule Ironforge as a council with no official leader. Mekkatorque probably will be moved to gnomeregan starting zone.

Darnassus: Only changes here; there will be a Worgen District here and Rut' theran Village is separated from Teldrassil. It is possible due to Fandral Staghelm's incapacitation that a leader change might occur. [ See the book, Stormrage ]

Exodar: Probable Portal to Stormwind. Also Valaar's berth has a boat straight to SW.

Greymane City: It is both a city and a battleground in Cataclysm. Whether or not it will function as a true capital for the Worgen is as yet unknown. It has four districts and a large cathedral.

Gnomeregan: Only the surface will be retaken. Only acts as a starting zone. It may have a Flightmaster or some form of fast travel. Mekkatorque will probably relocate here.

The Horde:

Orgrimmar: Rebuilt after Deathwing's attack. Valley of Wisdom is now a Tauren District. Due to tension between Vol'jin and Garrosh Trolls have left Orgrimmar and are now n the reclaimed Echo Isles. Goblin slums will be added. The Leader's keep will be moved right into the valley of strength. (easier time for the alliance to run right in and either get maimed or destroy Garrosh.) Screenshots can be seen here Orgrimmar

Thunder Bluff: Will likely be empty of all Grimtotem. Baine Bloodhoof is now leader of the Tauren after Cairne's Murder, (the Grimtotems poisoned him.)

Undercity:Surface revamped for Flying mounts, looks awesome. Large force of Orcs have replaced abominations and Varimathras. After the Wrathgate the horde had locked down on the forsaken. Val'kyr may appear in the city after they join the Forsaken. Not much else is known at the moment.

Silvermoon City: Absolutely nothing as of now. However, Lor' Themar gets a model update! (Or just new gear..)

Darkspear Isles: Reclaimed Echo Isles, screenshots have shown it to be huge and much more inhabited. Will likely have a flightmaster and few other capital functions. Screenshots can be seen here. Darkspear Isles

Bilgewater Harbor: New Goblin Capital built on a large island in the middle of Bay of Storms. It;s got a large cannon on the peak. This will be the Goblin City. Will probably have flightmaster and possibly more capital city functions than Greymane City as it is NOT being laid siege to. Screenshots can be seen here.Bilgewater Harbor

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