What do you want to know
- Dataminers at wowhead.com recently discovered data scripts in the upcoming World of Warcraft: Dragonflight patch 10.2.5 that hint at a new game mode or upcoming mini-game related to Vampire Survivors.
- Vampire Survivors is a roguelike action game where you fight against hordes of horror-themed monsters while dodging millions of projectiles.
- World of Warcraft: Dragonflight is the latest expansion to the long-running MMORPG, World of Warcraft, which allows players to explore a new continent and help the Aspects of Dragonflight regain their lost power.
World of Warcraft’s upcoming patch 10.2.5 Dragonflight recently entered the Public Test Server (a private server where players can test upcoming patches before they officially go live). This patch promises to bring a host of new content updates, including the ability to recruit NPC party members in dungeons, the implementation of Dragonriding outside of the Dragon Islands, class balance changes, And much more.
However, clever data miners at World of Warcraft news and database site WoWhead recently discovered a rather surprising secret hidden in the patch’s codes – a potential new game inspired by the hit indie game Vampire Survivors .
According to Wowhead’s post on the subject, they looked through the patch data and found the following data entries in the Scenescript.db section of the game.
- 10.2.5 – Vampire Survivors Mode – Game Mode – Client Scene (OJF)
- 10.2.5 – Vampire Survivor Mode – Data – Creatures
Scenescript.db is the data section where World of Warcraft minigames and cutscenes are stored. Aside from data entries, information on the potential new game mode is rather scarce, so we don’t know where, when, or how it will be implemented in the game.
How will this Vampire Survivors game mode come about?
At this point, we can only speculate on what this game mode will look like. So let’s take a look at what we know about Vampire Survivors and how it could be implemented in World of Warcraft as a game mode.
Vampire Survivors is an indie action roguelike game that can best be described as a “hell of spare bullets”. The goal is to hunt down hordes of monsters like vampires, zombies, werewolves and more. To do this, you acquire weapons and power-ups that automatically attack enemies for you, so all the player has to do is avoid getting hit by enemies.
It’s not as easy as it looks. With each wave of monsters you defeat, the number of enemies you face will increase. On top of that, enemies will start throwing projectiles and traps at you to make escaping more difficult. Between each wave, you can acquire a random power-up or weapon that will help you survive the onslaught.
From a gameplay perspective, I imagine World of Warcraft includes a game mode inspired by Vampire Survivor. There are many bosses in the game that feature attacks and mechanics that players must run away from, and some equipment and abilities have passive benefits that can damage enemies without player input.
Additionally, World of Warcraft has tried roguelike content before, like World of Warcraft: Shadowlands’ Torghast dungeon, so perhaps this could be Blizzard’s second attempt.
Speaking of Shadowlands, the story of this game mode could be linked to the Venthyr of Revendreth. They are a faction of vampire-like beings who oversaw the rehabilitation of souls who committed atrocious sins during their lifetime. They were created by Sir Denathrius, a manipulative divine being who ruled the realm of Death and was responsible for the creation of one of Warcraft’s most manipulative villains, the Dreadlords. However, Vampire Survivors’ auto-battle gameplay could lend itself well to any theme beyond vampirism.
At the end of Shadowlands, Sir Denathrius and his Dreadlords escaped the wrath of our heroes and have not been seen since. This Vampire Survivors style game mode could potentially be themed around Sir Denathrius’ servants Venthyr and Dreadlord. What makes this prediction more likely is that WoWhead also discovered Dreadlord-themed armor sets in its datamining of version 10.2.5.
Could these armor sets be the rewards for completing the Vampire Survivors style game mode? Or maybe this event isn’t related to Sir Denathrius and his Dreadlords at all, and is instead centered around a Venthyr character? We will have to wait and see if our predictions come true in the coming months.
Whether it ultimately ships or not, a Vampire Survivors style game mode has the potential to be a really fun mini-game to play with your friends in World of Warcraft. It would definitely be a good way to pass the time while waiting for the next World of Warcraft expansion and one of the most anticipated PC titles of 2024 – World of Warcraft: The War Within.