Battle for Azeroth Coming August 14th

Blizzard announced the launch date for the next World of Warcraft expansion this morning.  Battle for Azeroth is slated to go live on August 14, 2018.

From the Blizzard site

Of course, we knew the expansion was coming some time this year.  The usual cycle dictates about every two years and when the pre-order came out the time frame was given as on or before September 21.

That would put the time between Battle for Azeroth and WoW Legion as 728 days, not the shortest time between expansions, but well shy of the longest stretch.

  • 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 – 728 days

I personally had picked August 28 as the launch date back in my predictions for the year.  Being off by two weeks will cost me 4 points when the accounting comes, but still not too far off.  Either way, I’ll have time for a bit of a break before the pre-launch patch comes online and kicks of the starter events for the expansion.

We shall see if the late August launch will give Blizzard enough time to clear the decks and make WoW Classic a prime talking point at BlizzCon a couple of months afterwards.


7 thoughts on “Battle for Azeroth Coming August 14th

  1. Asmiroth

    Expansion duration is part of it, but Legion “feels” like the shortest duration between final patch and expansion.

    Seems that it goes 7 / 7.5 / 12 / 10 / 14 / 14. Technically, Antorus was just after 7.3.2, which was in late October., putting the duration ~10 months. Which is a better trend than MoP and WoD.

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  2. Marathal

    That’s ok. They dropped the announcement about an hour after I hit publish on my blog post talking about September as likely.

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  3. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    @Marathal – Ouch!

    @Asmiroth – Yes, that is a key item in the expansion plan, and Legion has felt pretty fresh here in its second year compared to Warlords of Draenor, which started to fall so flat in year two that Blizz stopped talking about subscriber numbers. Oddly, despite the length during Pandaria, it didn’t feel as bad towards the end. That probably lulled Blizz into its content timing fiasco in WoD.

    Thanks for linking that. I did not have the wherewithal to actually figure that out myself.

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  4. wowstorylines

    As always, I’m looking forward to the new expansion and I’m all set for it. Still working on Legion and probably will continue with that for the duration until BfA starts up. :D


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