World of WarCraft: Battle for Azeroth News

How World of Warcraft: Classic's patch content will roll out, and more

When World of Warcraft: Classic launches next summer, the only raids available will be Onyxia and Molten Core. It will be, in other words, as World of Warcraft was circa March 2005.

It's notable because although World of Warcraft: Classic is built on the foundation of patch 1.12 from August 2006, it will actually take many months for WOW Classic to reach a similar point-in-time content-wise.

There will be "waves" of content, Blizzard said in a WOW Classic panel (available to watch if you're a Virtual Ticket owner) at BlizzCon 2018. Here's how it looks currently:

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WOW Classic will be released in summer 2019

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Blizzard has announced that World of Warcraft Classic - a version of the game that restores it to how it was 14 years ago, before any of the expansions were released - will be released in summer 2019.

The Horde is in a tough spot. Its leader, Sylvanas, has gone off the deep end, murdering loads of innocent Night Elves and provoking a fresh war with the Alliance. Horde players, confused and demotivated by the actions of their evil leader, are looking for new blood, a new hope in this time of crisis. They need a hero and, well, they might have just found him.

World of Warcraft expansion Battle for Azeroth gets a release date

Seventh World of Warcraft expansion, Battle for Azeroth, will be released 14th August 2018.

As with previous expansions, there'll be a prologue patch released in the weeks leading up to Battle for Azeroth, according to PC Gamer. The questlines sound great. Alliance players will assault the Horde's Undercity and seek to reclaim it as Lordaeron, and the Horde will try to burn Alliance Night Elf land Teldrassil to the ground.

Faction versus faction warfare is, after all, what Battle for Azeroth is all about - a harkening back to the real-time strategy Warcraft days of old. As you progress through quests in the new archipelago zones, eventually you'll be pointed towards opposing lands and conflict there. The endlessly repeatable new island missions will even send the opposing faction towards your goal at the same time as you. And there are new 20-person vs. AI Warfronts, which are direct emulations of an RTS campaign with resources, buildings and units.

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World of Warcraft expansion Battle for Azeroth will be released this summer

World of Warcraft expansion Battle for Azeroth will be released this summer

Buying now grants level-110 boost and access to Allied Races quests.

Blizzard has said Battle for Azeroth, the seventh World of Warcraft expansion, will launch this summer - a date further clarified to mean on or before 21st September 2018.

Pre-purchasing the expansion - buying it outright ahead of time - comes with benefits. One of those is an immediately available free boost to the game's current level cap of 110; another is a head start on quests to unlock Allied Races in the full Battle for Azeroth expansion. It's not clear how much of the quests you can complete.

A more expensive Digital Deluxe Edition (53) offers a Seabraid Stallion Alliance mount or Gilded Ravasaur Horde mount in World of Warcraft, and a cute baby Tortollan pet. There are also some voice lines, sprays and icons for Overwatch; a Hearthstone card back; a Heroes of the Storm Flamesaber mount; and Horde and Alliance StarCraft 2 sprays.

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