Blizzard servers took a massive hit yesterday when the launch of pre-purchases for the latest World of Warcraft expansion, Battle for Azeroth, went live and brought with it a slew of new in game and Blizzard-based features. The new expansion will launch "Summer 2018" and will bring with it new leveling content, new dungeons, raids, and for the first time in a number of years, new playable races called Allied Races.
All told, six Allied Races will be available at launch, but Blizzard released four of them (two for each faction) early for players to access and level up during the pre-expansion content. The Alliance see the addition of the Lightforged Draenei and the Void Elves, while the Horde gain access to the Nightborne and the Highmountain Tauren. These characters will start at level 20, and while it is possible to use level boosts, recruit a friend bonuses, and other such means to get them to max level, if you play through the entire game (level 20-110) as intended, you'll be rewarded with new Heritage Armor sets for each race.
The newest expansion retails for $49.99 for the standard edition. A digital deluxe edition is also available and retails for $69.99. The Digital Deluxe Edition includes:
- Zandalar Gilded Ravasaur (Horde) and Kul Tiras Seabraid Stallion (Alliance) mounts
- Tottle, the baby Tortollan pet
- Hearthstone card back
- StarCraft II sprays
- Heroes of the Storm Primal Flamesaber mounts
- Overwatch voice lines, emotes, sprays, and icons
Blizzard's traditional Collectors Edition was absent from the pre-purchase frenzy yesterday, but fear not, phsyical copy fans! Blizzard will announce details on their collectors edition soon, which will include "art, music, and lore to celebrate the release of Battle for Azeroth."
We'll bring you the latest on World of Warcraft's latest expansion as we get it, but it seems as if Blizzards aging MMO is showing no signs of slowing down just yet.