Will Alliance and Horde have different Leveling zones?
No. We really told the story of the Alliance and Horde in Battle for Azeroth. The focus of this expansion is everyone going to the Shadowlands to face this new danger that's being unleashed. Certainly, you'll still be playing as Alliance or Horde but it's about the heroes of both factions working together to take on the threat. The faction war is behind us.
The Covenants don't care about Horde and Alliance. There's no Horde Covenant or Alliance Covenant, players are going to choose which Covenant they align with.
What role will player choice have in the Shadowlands narrative?
You get a huge player choice with choosing a covent right away, it's a window for the expansion and obvious player choice that has both gameplay and narrative consequences.
The choice of Horde aligning with Saurfang or Sylvanas was appropriate for Battle for Azeroth, because of the themes we were involved with. We're talking about a different type of story in Shadowlands, so the choices you'll make are more personal for your character, related to customizing the things you want to unlock and the choices you make that way. It's less about specific narrative moments, but that is something which is in our back pocket if we ever decide there's an appropriate time again for a choice like that. It's something that we're certainly not afraid of.
If you are a Sylvanas loyalist, the things she said to you at Windrunner Spire were meant to wrap up that specific storyline. She's basically saying "You were with me, you made these choices, you were on the right side of it. Those choices can't save you from what's to come." So it was meant to wrap up that arc because it was not something we wanted to carry forward.
We want each expansion to tell its own story and lead into the next one, and the Shadowlands has a whole new set of mysteries to unlock and new things to figure out. If you were a loyalist before, it's not going to be something that directly impacts how your gameplay is going to shape out. It's all about getting in there, finding out about these covenants, and seeing what the cause of Sylvanas' actions were in the big picture, and who these new forces are that she's aligned herself with.
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