The next chapter in the ongoing World of Warcraft saga is on the horizon. Blizzard has announced the first major details for their Battle for Azeroth expansion. And have slated the new content for an August release.
The new expansion looks pretty robust with new content. There are two new fabled kingdoms in Zandalar and Kul Tiras. New playable Allied Races, Island Expeditions, 20-player cooperative Warfronts, and much more.
Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder at Blizzard, stresses the importance of Battle for Azeroth in World of Warcraft‘s overall lore:
“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. 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.”
Blizzard has announced a few different options in which to purchase Battle for Azeroth upon its release. You can buy the standard edition both physically and digitally for $49.99. Or you can upgrade to the $69.99 Digital Deluxe Edition which offers “an arsenal of in-game bonuses for a variety of Blizzard games”:
The Seabraid Stallion (Alliance) mount, Gilded Ravasaur (Horde) mount, and Tottle the Baby Tortollan pet for World of Warcraft; an “Azeroth Is Burning” card back for Hearthstone; a Primal Flamesaber mount in Heroes of the Storm; Horde and Alliance sprays for StarCraft II; and a collection of faction-themed extras for Overwatch.
If you want to upgrade further, players can purchase the Battle for Azeroth Collector’s Edition for $99.99. It hosts all of the items in the Digital Deluxe Edition, as well as the following:
- Horde & Alliance Double-Sided Mark of Allegiance: Declare your allegiance with this hefty two-sided emblem (stand included). Place it on your desk or shelf and proclaim your chosen faction to the world.
- Hardcover Double-Sided Book: Elegy & A Good War: This limited-edition hardback collects two new World of Warcraft novellas depicting the Burning of Teldrassil from the points of view of the Alliance and the Horde. Each story includes original artwork exclusive to this edition. Written by Christie Golden and Robert Brooks.
- Battle for Azeroth Digital Soundtrack: Each Collector’s Edition contains a key to download the stirring orchestral pieces from the expansion’s soundtrack—the perfect mood music for laying siege to your enemies.
The Battle for Azeroth expansion is available now for preorder on Blizzard’s site. Those that preorder will get a free copy of World of Warcraft’s current expansion, Legion. Prepurchasing gives player an immediate 110 level boost, ” making it a perfect jumping-on point for new and returning players.”
World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth releases on August 14th.
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