After months of speculation, it’s now official – World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Classic is coming later this year.
Blizzard announced the re-release of the game’s beloved 2008 expansion as part of a livestream event, where it also revealed the new expansion for the modern version of WoW, Dragonflight. No specific release date, except for sometime in 2022, has been given for Wrath of the Lich King Classic.
WoW subscription numbers peaked during Wrath of the Lich King in 2009, so it’s no surprise that Blizzard wants to bring back the immensely popular expansion after the success of re-releases of the original WoW version in 2019 and its first expansion, The Burning Crusade, in 2021. With Burning Crusade Classic currently nearing the end of its content cycle and the new Dragonflight expansion likely not releasing until 2023, having Wrath of the Lich King Classic arrive later this year to fill that gap makes all the sense. As is the case with WoW Classic and Burning Crusade Classic, Wrath of the Lich King Classic will be included in your existing WoW subscription at no additional cost.
Wrath of the Lich King introduced a number of features and moments to Blizzard’s MMORPG that would become iconic parts of the game, including the continent of Northrend and its fan-favorite Grizzly Hills zone, the final showdown with Arthas atop the Icecrown Citadel, achievements in the game, the inscription profession, the Death Knight hero class and much more. While the original release of Wrath of the Lich King required players to have a level 55 character on their account before they could create a Death Knight, players entering WoW Classic for the first time will not need to create a Death Knight. Knight on the first day.
A major feature added towards the end of Wrath of the Lich King’s original content cycle that will not be included in its classic re-release is the game’s Dungeon Finder tool, an automated system that would gather players for dungeons based on their role. As part of the announcement, Blizzard confirmed that Dungeon Finder will not be a part of Wrath of the Lich King Classic. The expansion re-release will also include new player customization options not present in the original version, which players will be able to purchase in-game with gold. Blizzard will also offer a level 70 character boost for players who want to be caught in time to experience Northrend once the expansion launches.
As for WoW: Dragonflight, the game’s newest expansion will be released “when it’s ready”. It will introduce a new playable dragon race (which is at the same time a new class) and a new region in the form of the Dragon Islands, along with an overhaul of existing systems such as talents, professions, and the game’s interface.
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