If you’re an avid reader of our blog, you know that we’re really excited about the upcoming World of Warcraft game expansion called Shadowlands. While there’s still some time until it launches on October 27th, players of the game can shape a few elements to their liking. For example, you can now vote for your favorite mount design and get it for free as soon as Shadowlands begins.
There’s a special poll on the game’s website and forum where the community can pick one out of five available options for the new mount design. You can vote for the Wandering Ancient (a very familiar unit for all the fans of Warcraft 3), Soaring Spelltome (essentially, a flying book), Nerubian Swarmer (scary looking spider-thing), Curious Caterpillar (it’s exactly what it sounds like), and a Gooey Slimesaber (a cat covered in slime). The poll will run until September 18th, if you wish to participate in it – be sure to click this link.
The interesting thing in all of this is that Blizzard hasn’t shown any pictures of the new mounts, so player’s are choosing the design based on descriptions and place-holder names alone. The developers are hoping to keep the element of surprise intact and make some clueless player’s day a lot better.
Here’s how Blizzard describes each of the mounts:
Wandering Ancient – Not all ancients are interested in war or lore, some just want to travel the world! A large and leafy mount, the Wandering Ancient invites you to climb aboard and grab ahold of its branches as you embark on a lumbering expedition.
Soaring Spelltome – In the forgotten depths of the Dalaran library, this oversized tome was found flapping madly around the room. Open the pages of this arcane-infused book and hitch a ride to magical adventure.
Nerubian Swarmer – When the Helm of Domination shattered, the Nerubians under the control of the Lich King were unleashed. Some were captured by the Argent Crusade and turned by their allies in the Ebon Blade. Now their spidery claws are put to use as mounts, skittering through the frozen tundra of Icecrown in pursuit of the rampaging undead.
Curious Caterpillar – A curious caterpillar found its way to the Heartland in Valley of the Four Winds one night and gorged itself on the oversized vegetables. The Pandaren of Halfhill awoke the next morning to find the crops half-eaten and an enormous, slumbering caterpillar among them. Too large to become a butterfly, this friendly worm is just the right size to train as a mount.
Gooey Slimesaber – From the slime pools of Plaguefall emerged all manner of jellied creature, including this sticky kitty. A slimy saber cat that’s dripping with ooze, it’s the kind of mount that you’re going to want to wear gloves for.
Whatever the community chooses, Blizzard made a pledge to release the new mount sometime in Q1 2021. Everyone with an active Shadowlands account will get it for free. For some, it will be a way to shape World of Warcraft: Shadowlands to their liking, while others will just expand their mount collection with a cool new addition. In any case, it’s a nice way for developers to connect with the player base.