World of Warcraft’s Legion expansion launches August 30

Blizzard has just announced that World of Warcraft’s Legion expansion is launching August 30th.

The standard edition (physical and digital) will run $49.99, while a digital deluxe version with pets and bonuses in other Blizzard games is set for $69.99. The retail-only CE will cost $89.99 and include an art book, DVD set, soundtrack CD, and mouse pad. Legion is still slated to feature the Demon Hunter class, artifact weapons, the Broken Isles continent, class halls, and the improved PvP honor system. Preorders come with the quickie boost to level 100.

Defenders of the Alliance and the Horde can steel themselves for the return of the demonic armies of the Burning Legion by pre-purchasingWorld of Warcraft: Legion digitally at www.wowlegion.com. Players who pre-purchase will unlock an instant level-100 character boost, as well as early access to the Demon Hunter—Legion‘s dexterous and deadly new hero class—prior to the expansion’s release.

Legion opens a dark and thrilling new chapter in one of the Warcraft series’ greatest conflicts, and things will never be the same for some of Azeroth’s most iconic heroes and villains,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “This expansion is loaded with features and content that give players whole new ways to explore the world and customize their heroes. We’re looking forward to sending everyone into battle against the Burning Legion this August.”

In this expansion chronicling the events following Warlords of Draenor, all hellfire breaks loose when the warlock Gul’dan, betrayer of the orcs and twisted servant of the Burning Legion, unleashes a demonic invasion force upon Azeroth unlike any the Horde and the Alliance have ever faced. To save their world from annihilation, heroes must unlock the mysteries of the mythic Broken Isles, master powerful Artifact weapons, and strike a forbidden pact with the Demon Hunters of the Illidari—vengeful disciples of the dreaded Illidan Stormrage.

Pre-purchase Now and Prepare for the Invasion

World of Warcraft: Legion will be available in a Standard Edition (physical and digital versions available; SRP $49.99). Players also have the option to upgrade their pre-purchase to the Digital Deluxe Edition (SRP $69.99), which contains a hoard of in-game bonuses for a variety of Blizzard games, including an Illidari Felstalker mount and pet for World of Warcraft, a Felstalker mount for Heroes of the Storm®, a helm transmog and wings for Diablo® III, and a pair of fel-infused StarCraft® IIportraits.

Players who pre-purchase either the digital Standard Edition or Digital Deluxe Edition of Legion through www.wowlegion.com will be able to immediately boost one character to level 100, allowing them to experience the latest World of Warcraft content alongside their friends.††

Pre-purchasing Legion will also grant early access to the Demon Hunter prior to the expansion’s release. During the pre-launch early-access period, players will be able to complete the Demon Hunter’s unique starting experience on the shattered, Legion-corrupted world of Mardum and achieve level 100, leaving them fully prepared to join their allies on the Broken Isles the moment the expansion launches. Further details on the upcoming Demon Hunter early-access period, including the timing and duration, will be announced at a later date.

World of Warcraft: Legion will also be available in a retail-only Collector’s Edition (SRP $89.99), which includes the digital bonuses from the Digital Deluxe Edition along with a full-color hardcover art book, a behind-the-scenes two-disc Blu-ray/DVD set, a CD soundtrack, and aLegion mouse pad. Supplies are limited; players should check with their local retailer for preorder details and availability.

World of Warcraft: Legion Features

World of Warcraft: Legion is filled with features and content that will transform Azeroth’s heroes into Legion-slaying avatars of vengeance, including:

  • New Hero Class: Demon Hunter—Unleash the demon within as an all-new melee hero class gifted with preternatural mobility—and the ability to metamorphose into hellish new forms.
  • New Feature: Artifact Weapons—Smite the Legion with class-specific weapons of lore. Unlock abilities and traits, and customize your weapon to suit your needs.
  • New Continent: The Broken Isles—Discover the fate of a lost night elf civilization, confront twisted fragments of the Emerald Nightmare, and hunt agents of the Legion in all-new zones. Forge your own path through the Broken Isles as you explore content that dynamically scales to your level.
  • Boost to Level 100—Come fully prepared to battle the Legion with a level-100 character boost, and fight alongside your friends in this epic new chapter of World of Warcraft—available immediately upon pre-purchase.
  • New Feature: Class Hall—Gather with fellow members of your class and unite followers of your order—including iconic characters from Warcraft lore—to carry out missions at your command.
  • New PvP Honor System—Fight for fame, glory, and a range of new PvP-specific powers as you face the opposing faction in Arenas and Battlegrounds.

Source: Press release
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DrowNoble
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SallyBowls1 DrowNoble I did, especially with the fact they lost about 7 million subs (and counting).  Dropping the price would be a nice way to give people an incentive to come back.

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Zarkov It’s not that his complaint is that invalid. In many countries, school or college restarts right about then. Sure, releasing during the summer break might be tough because a lot of people might be away, but a release around the time school or college restarts… I can understand why some people don’t like that release date.

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DrowNoble Uhmmm… wouldn’t yearly expansions mean they come out once per year? =)
WOD was released in Nov 14, so it will be almost 2 years. Which isn’t bad, the bad part is the amount of time that will have passed between the release of the final content patch (early summer 15) and the xpac.

FyreyEnigma
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Karl_Hungus I just realized.

Maiev Shadowsong is still alive (although nuttier than a fruit loop by this point) right?

She is NOT going to take the acceptance of Demon Hunters very well, especially if Illidan has returned, is she?

…Welp, guess we know who’s probably gonna be a raid boss in Legion.

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ihatevnecks Zariarn TronSheridan Well, opinions are opinions but for me, money is better spent elsewhere.  I’d rather spend $60 on a game that has more to offer than 2 weeks of easy mode.  To each their own I guess.  These same people will be back on the forums and gaming sites complaining that they have nothing to do.  More LOL for us I guess.

ihatevnecks
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Zariarn ihatevnecks TronSheridan Nope. They’re doing it, they’re enjoying it with their money, so not a waste of money :)

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BrotherMaynard Karl_Hungus ManastuUtakata Tongle 
It takes far more effort than you’d think not believing in anything.

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wanderv15 
Well, if they release at the announced date it will have been faster. They will have shaved about 10% of their usual development time.

Of course, saying how developing expansions faster is one of your priorities and only managing to be about 10% faster is kinda embarrassing…

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The_PhoneGuy Vunak Sythalin 
That is very much the definition of griefer. That kind of player isn’t attacking lowbies for any justifiable in-game reason, he is attacking lowbies because he enjoys making them suffer.
Part of why I keep well away from games that consider griefing to be acceptable behavior.