Blizzard has confirmed that the expansion World of Warcraft: Legion will introduce a greater object drawing distance to the game. The improved technology will work in both new and old locations and will allow to approximately double the viewing range. At the same time, the scale of graphics settings will be changed.

World of Warcraft: Legion expansion allows you to see where you couldn't see before. - World of Warcraft with greater range of drawing objects - news - 2016-06-06The expansion World of Warcraft: Legion will allow you to cast your eye where sight has not reached before.

As previously announced, Blizzard confirmed that the expansion for World of Warcraft: Legion will introduce a greater distance to draw objects. We also presented a few graphics, including those from the expansion, which debuts at the end of the summer.

At the same time it was announced that World of Warcraft: Legion will change the scale of graphic settings. The existing options Low, Fair, Good, High and Ultra will be replaced by a numerical scale from 1 to 10, with the current Low corresponds to 3, and High - 7. This solution will allow, on the one hand, to run the game on quite ancient hardware, and on the other to take advantage of all the capabilities of modern equipment, equipped with the latest graphics cards.

Importantly, the new functionality will not be limited to just the World of Warcraft: Legion expansion. The larger object drawing range will apply to the entire game, including all expansions. For example, the graphic below shows the view of Karabor from Shadowmoon Valley. The view at the top shows the current Ultra settings, while the one at the bottom has the slider set to level 8. As you can see, even at the maximum settings in World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, Karabor remains invisible, while the technology in World of Warcraft: Legion still has some room for visible outlines.

How far a player can see during the game is determined by two basic parameters. The first is the fog distance, which determines at what point objects lose their colors and become just gray outlines. The second is the object drawing range, which sets the absolute limit of rendering anything. Setting the first parameter low and the second high will give us the effect of traveling through a foggy world, while the opposite will cause us to only see objects in the immediate area.

As emphasized by the developers, the expansion World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor on Ultra settings allowed to obtain a drawing range of 1300 game units. Analogous parameters in World of Warcraft: Legion will allow to reach 2600 units. In turn, in the case of the High option we will get an increase from 1000 to 2200 units. The maximum level offered by the latest addition will be 3500 units. Due to the high demand for memory, the most advanced settings will be available only for devices running the 64-bit client. 

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