Say goodbye to your free time, MMO fans. Blizzard has announced that World of Warcraft’s seventh expansion pack, Battle for Azeroth, will be launching on August 14th.
“In Battle for Azeroth, the stakes for the Alliance and the Horde are incredibly high, and a player’s faction will have a more meaningful impact on their experience than in any World of Warcraft expansion to date,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment. “Whether they’re journeying to unexplored lands to recruit allies or fighting to secure war resources, players will redefine what it truly means to be ‘For the Horde’ or ‘For the Alliance’ when the expansion arrives this August.”
After the Legion assault in the last expansion, the land of Azeroth is hurting. A powerful new resource known as Azerite has been discovered, bringing the Alliance and the Horde once more to blows. It raises the level cap from 110 to 120, adding the Kul Tiras and Zandalar continents for exploration along with the new Warfronts 20-player PvE mode against NPCs. There will also be four new Allied Races to play as, including the Lightforged Draenei and the Nightborne.
I can’t help but feel this would be the perfect expansion for the clan I made with a few friends way back at launch. We were aptly known as the Avengers of Azeroth, and now I’m wondering whether that clan is still creaking along now after all these years.
Anyway, if you’re mulling over getting back in World of Warcraft and you haven’t played in a while, from today if you pre-purchase Battle for Azeroth digitally you get access to every previous expansion pack, including the current Legion expansion.
Mark it in your diaries then - August 14th is when WoW: Battle for Azeroth arrives, once more putting marriages/studies/work on the brink of disaster.