The fourth World of WarCraft expansion is likely to adopt the Burning Crusade approach of adding a brand new continent, Blizzard's lead systems designer Greg Street has said.
Speaking to CVG ahead of tonight's Cataclysm launch, Street said the studio's unlikely to rebuild more areas of the WoW game world in expansion four, opting instead for "a new continent approach".
"I think the next expansion will be something more like a new continent approach. More like the Burning Crusade or Nothrend, where we send players somewhere new that they haven't seen before," he said.
"I think the Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor are good now, we won't have to mess with them. There might be some small areas that may require polish or changing if things still don't feel quite right.
"On the other hand we have this weird story now where you almost go back in time when you hit the Burning Crusade and Lich King content. We're going to have to do something to bring that up to speed."
The designer explained: "You're hearing all about Deathwing and all the destruction and then you leave Azeroth and go to Outland and they're talking about Illidin. That's a little bit of a non-sequitur, particularly for new players.
"We need to make that whole story a little smoother," he said, adding that the plot-fixing might be something Blizzard will update via a patch or wait until the next expansion to do.
Later in our chat, Street revealed the Cataclysm team's going straight into bug fixing now that the add-on's almost on shop shelves, and it's unlikely to take a break any time soon:
"We want to get expansions out on fairly regular schedules so we can't really sit back for too long," he said.
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm is out tomorrow, December 7.