World of Warcraft news is always big news.
Today Blizzard put up the next WoW expansion, Battle for Azeroth, up for pre-orders at the usual price points, $50 for normal and $70 for digital deluxe, which generally nets you a mount and a battle pet. With my current battle pet mania going on I know where I might be headed.
Of course, it is always the details that capture my attention, especially anything that might indicate a ship date, and the pre-order page delivers with this line:
Pre-purchase: Battle for Azeroth will be released on or before September 21, 2018.
September 21, 2018 just happens to be the last day of summer on the calendar here in the temperate northern hemisphere. It will still be warm where I live in any case.
Next on this list is, “Why should I pre-order this today?”
Well, you get that level 110 boost. Given how long it took me to use the level 100 boost I got with WoW Legion… I think I used it finally in December… that isn’t a big draw for me. I wouldn’t begin to know which character to boost at this point. I already have four characters at level 110, and two more fairly close.
The battle pet and mount may take a while to show up.
Digital Deluxe items will be available on or before the release date of the game.
That is a bit vague. Ah well, some day.
So the only possible draw is really the promised Allied Races.
Pre-purchase of World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth makes available the questlines which enable players to access the Highmountain tauren, Lightforged draenei, Nightborne, and Void elves. To unlock Allied Races quest lines, players must have a level 110 character and have met specific questing and reputation requirements on the factions that each Allied Race is aligned with.
Currently I am ready to go on the Lightforged Draenei, not that I need another alt. The one I am interested in, the Highmountain Tauren require me to get all that rep again with a Horde character. Fortunately, for my first time in WoW, I actually have a Horde character at the level cap, so it is doable. More on that later.
As noted, the pre-order page is up and ready to take your money, though beware there is one small hitch.
Requires World of Warcraft and Legion.
Since WoW Legion is still the current live expansion, and has links right into Battle for Azeroth, you can’t just skip ahead if you do not have WoW Legion yet.
Anyway, you can pre-order today though, as with any Blizzard release, there might be a queue.
And for those keeping score, if the release goes on the last day that will put the time between that and the WoW Legion release at 752 days, which puts it pretty much mid-pack for duration.
- WoW Launch to The Burning Crusade – 784 days
- The Burning Crusade to Wrath of the Lich King – 667 days
- Wrath of the Lich King to Cataclysm – 754 days
- Cataclysm to Mists of Pandaria – 658 days
- Mists of Pandaria to Warlords of Draenor – 778 days
- Warlords of Draenor to Legion – 670 days
- Legion to Battle for Azeroth – 752 days (estimated)
I suspect that Battle for Azeroth will ship sooner than that however, maybe another August release. My prediction was that they would get that shipped and be done far enough ahead of BlizzCon 2018 that they could safely talk about WoW Classic with stealing any of the spotlight from the expansion. We shall see.
Meanwhile the Battle for Azeroth Q&A broadcast has been going on, so I expect all sorts of additional details to pop up today.