Similar to our real world, the landscapes of Azeroth also undergo dynamic transformations over time. As a result, the map of WoW has not remained stagnant either. Recently, a dedicated fan has unearthed a long-forgotten concept map dating back to 1999. And you will be surprised to see how much our beloved virtual world has changed over the years.
WoW player Oyku has taken to Twitter to share with the community about her finding. The pre-Warcraft 3 map was crafted by none other than Chris Metzen. It offers a fascinating window into the evolution of Azeroth. Apparently, it was painted on the wall of Blizzard’s Team 2 area.
The picture shows a clear difference from the Azeroth that players explore today. The Eastern Kingdoms stand largely intact, while Kalimdor appears in a more modest form. And Ulduar was once a distinct southern continent. Yet, it has since dwindled into a fragment nestled within the expanse of Northend. For a better understanding, you can take a look at the current map below.
Despite having its ups and downs, the realm of World of Warcraft continues to expand steadily with each passing day. Just recently, the release date for the Dragonflight Patch 10.1.7 has been unveiled, sparking excitement among players. Furthermore, signs of an upcoming new expansion are beginning to surface, hinting at even more adventures on the horizon.
Are you familiar with any other initial concepts from the early days of World of Warcraft? If you are, we’d love for you to share them in the comments section below! It’s always fascinating to observe how things have transformed over the passage of time.