It's been a long time coming, but World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor is finally on the horizon. The MMO has gotten a little stale, having only two minor patches since the Siege of Orgrimmar went live in September. Blizzard has been updating the community with glimpses of what's in store for class mechanics in the expansion, drawing both praise and ire from Azeroth's many adventurers. The alpha version of Warlords of Draenor is now live three months after pre-orders were opened, signaling to the World of Warcraft that the savage realm of Draenor will soon be ready to be explored by all.
The first wave of alpha invitations were focused largely on friends and family of Blizzard employees, along with various members of the press and live streaming personalities. Codes given out at PAX East aren't active yet, so anyone who received one will have to wait their turn. Blizzard aims to ramp up invites as alpha progresses and beta eventually begins based on testing needs and server stability. It's unlikely that the test servers will experience problems similar to Diablo III's rocky launch, but it's hard to fault them for wanting to ensure a smooth process.
Only the Horde's starting area of Frostfire Ridge is available for now, so Alliance players expecting more from the first phase of testing will likely feel left out. There's no restriction on sharing or streaming content, so expect to see lots of screenshots, videos, and live streams of the zone and eventually all of Draenor in the near future.
Warlords of Draenor is expected to release this fall.