If you’re scratching around for something to do, Blizzard may now have the ultimate solution. World of Warcraft and each and every one of its expansion packs that are currently out are now totally free. That’s world of WarCraft plus six expansion packs, encompassing 110 levels of gameplay.
Previously, WoW players would have to snaffle up the game and the latest expansion in order to play, but now all you need to do is pay for the monthly subscription and you’ll have full access to the entire experience.
The only thing that isn’t included in the upcoming World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth expansion pack. This is a separate purchase and will set you back £39.99. This probably indicates that Battle for Azeroth will become free once the subsequent expansion rolls around, likely in 2020.
For Blizzard and WoW, this represents a massive change in how it does things. World of WarCraft is, alongside Final Fantasy XIV, one of the few remaining subscription-based MMOs. Getting into the game could be a daunting process but now the experience should be far more streamlined. Simply pay for a sub and log-in to have access to the base game and six expansions.
Meanwhile, the hype is building for Battle for Azeroth. The pre-patch is arriving this week and there will be three weeks of special events leading to the launch of Battle for Azeroth on August 14th. 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.
WoW: Battle for Azeroth also moves the long-running game to DirectX 12 for the first time in its history. This includes the usual token increase on the system requirements. More on that here.
Who’s tempted to hop into WoW now Blizzard has made it easier than ever? Now over 15 years old, when do you think World of Warcraft’s appeal is finally going to wane?