Blizzard has announced Warlords of Draenor, a new expansion to its popular MMO, World of Warcraft.

Warlords of Draenor sends players to the ancestral home of the orcs and the draenei. The expansion bends time to reintroduce characters and stories that precede the first Warcraft real-time strategy game, Warcraft: Orcs and Humans, released in November 1994.

“Across Draenor's savage jungles and battle-scarred plains, Azeroth's heroes will engage in a mythic conflict involving mystical draenei champions and mighty orc clans, and cross axes with the likes of Grommash Hellscream, Blackhand, and Ner’zhul at the height of their primal power,” writes Blizzard. “Players will need to scour this unwelcoming land in search of allies to help build a desperate defense against the old Horde’s formidable engine of conquest – or else watch their own world’s bloody, war-torn history repeat itself.”

The expansion will increase the character level cap to 100, and will bring fully revamped character models and animations to the aging MMO. In addition, lapsed players will be able to boost one character to level 90 in order to get into the new content without playing through older content. Blizzard has also begun discussing new Zones, Dungeons, Raids, Scenarios, Battlegrounds, and more.

Warlords of Draenor was announced this morning at BlizzCon, Blizzard’s semi-annual fan festival held in Anaheim, California. Gameplanet is on-location in Anaheim and will bring more information on the upcoming expansion over the weekend.