Battle for Azeroth Kicks Off BlizzCon 2017

Kelley Robertson
November 5, 2017

This will mark the seventh complete expansion pack for World of Warcraft, which will implement new zones, level cap increases, and a look at the ongoing conflict between the game's two divisive factions: Alliance and Horde.

At least it means players don't have to spend time creating and maintaining their own vanilla servers, something Blizzard has taken a dim view of in the past.

It is pretty fantastic to think that World of Warcraft, arguably the most popular MMORPG of all time, is still going strong 13 years after its debut.

For longtime World of Warcraft fans, this is a dream come true.

Announced at BlizzCon today and reported by Kotaku, World of Warcraft Classic will give WoW players a truly vanilla, official, non-expanded version of the title to play in. Battle in groups of three as you race against cunning rival intruders-or enemy players-to collect each island's resources and fuel the war effort. Alliance players can expect to forge alliances by fending off pirates and hunting giant sea monsters in Kul Tiras, whereas Horde players will gain new allies by fighting traitors and making deals with powerful gods and spirits in Zandalar.

In typical WoW fashion, Battle for Azeroth is bringing new leveling zones into the mix - with a twist. They are both playable, as a new character in this expansion, and a part of the story, being recruited by the Horde and the Alliance. A quick preview video of the expansion also teases new dungeons, raids, allied races, and uncharted islands to plunder. Gamers will explore these islands with up to two other players, but no two experiences will be the same; even when players visit the same island twice, they will find new challenges and missions.

In addition to the new expansion, Blizzard finally announced it will deliver on a feature that fans have long requested: classic servers. And for more from BlizzCon, check out the full schedule of events planned for the weekend. This feature will be rolling out soon in the public test realm servers, likely dropping in the main game before either Battle for Azeroth or Classic arrive.

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