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.

cromahr
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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.

cromahr
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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.

Zariarn
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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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ihatevnecks

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

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

schmidtcapela
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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…

schmidtcapela
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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.

schmidtcapela
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Serrenity Karl_Hungus SallyBowls1 DrowNoble 
Not quite. There’s the pesky subscription too.
So, for a returning player that already has the base game and WoD, it’s actually $65 for the first month, and $15 for every month afterwards. It works out to about $17 per month for those that subscribe the whole expansion (if Blizzard takes two years to release the next one), or $25 per month for those that go for 5 months of subscription during the expansion lifetime (which is enough for a couple months after release, plus a month after each big content patch, which should be enough to experience everything of interest for anyone that isn’t into raiding or the most grindy parts of the game).
For that kind of money I could easily get a Netflix or Amazon Prime subscription and enjoy more movies and series than I could possibly watch, or a Kindle Unlimited subscription and get unlimited access to more books than I could read in a dozen lifetimes. Or even, in the 5 months subscribed scenario, get more gameplay time per dollar simply by purchasing AAA games during Steam sales. Heck, I bet Fallout 4 alone, with its DLCs, will have more than 5 months worth of gameplay for fans, and getting it with all DLCs should be cheaper than forking over for Legion plus five months of subscription even without any discounts.

schmidtcapela
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Estranged 
The amount of time you need to grind in order to get the gold for a sub means that, unless you either are very good in the AH or actually enjoy the grind, you would be better mowing your neighbor’s lawn to get the subscription money than grinding the gold for it.

That is true not only in WoW, but also for about every MMO where you can exchange in-game money for game time.

Bannex19
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Lol you’re acting like exactly the thing you’re mad about kid. Oh wow hey look I just got another inch!

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stiqy DrowNoble When you consider the 12 million players they had in WotLK, to the -5 millions they have now…yup, its  right to call them “few faithful”.

ManastuUtakata
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Karl_Hungus ManastuUtakata schlag sweetleaf Siphaed 
Just to be clear….there’s a certain induced lunch upchucking animated Gif schlag likes to run when ever WoW, Cartman from South Park and/or Pizza Pockets are brought up. This has nothing to do with you personally. :)

Estranged
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Ah, the memories of gimped Paladins and Warriors.

Estranged
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Estranged

You mean by using tokens, purchased with in game gold? Hey, if you have the gold, good times.
I could play for around a year at current rates. Wouldn’t want to grind for it, however.
Part of me hates that another person paid $20, so I could play for free. LOL

carson63000
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Estranged $50 looks a lot better value now that we don’t have to pay $15/month sub on top of it, though.

carson63000
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vicariousfan The_PhoneGuy Sythalin The good thing about the 20 hour AVs is that if you cracked and went to bed before the end, there was a good chance you could get up in the morning and rejoin the same battle!

carson63000
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DrowNoble I think it was in 2008 that they first said they were going to go for yearly expansions, lol.

carson63000
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I’ll hit it, absolutely. But more than four months away still? I definitely foresee a couple of months of inactive subscription in my future.

Serrenity
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DrowNoble  “what few faithful…” That’s disingenuous, even in it’s elder years and decline, WoW”s sub numbers are still the envy of the rest of the MMO industry.  I don’t like the direction the game has gone, especially since WoD but that doesn’t mean that “what few faithful” and the implication that no one plays the game has any validity.

Serrenity
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Karl_Hungus SallyBowls1 DrowNoble  and (gasp!), $50 isn’t a bad price.  It still grants far more entertainment hours per dollar than any other medium out there.  And that $50 doesn’t just get you the initial expansion purchase, but also all the major content expansions within the development cycle.

Hounddog74
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The_PhoneGuy

The quality over quantity argument for WoW stopped being a valid excuse years ago. Their quality has actually dipped as their quantity has done the same. I’d take the EQ model over the WoW model any day of the week.

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Bannex19

Calling people kids over and over won’t make your penis grow.

Jack Pipsam
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Jack Pipsam

I’ll end up going back for it, I always do.

Estranged
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Estranged

Oh, it isn’t the price of the meal. Hot dogs on the grill work as well!
Yep, subjective. I don’t regret spending on WoW, in the past. If people still enjoy the game, that is their choice. :-)
Just saying that the “MMOs are cheap entertainment” mantra doesn’t work with me anymore.

Grimfargo
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Grimfargo

This will be the first expansion I dont buy on day one.
IF the reviews are positive, maybe I will buy it someday but I lost any interest in WoW after the release of WoD.

Jigawatts
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Jigawatts

Will Kil’Jaeden finally be offed in this expansion? I feel like its the next logical stepping stone in the story, KJ goes down, which ultimately ushers in the return of Sargeras as the last of his kind and ultimate big bad of Warcraft.

Dobablo
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MostlysaneUK ManastuUtakata UK price of the older expansions generally had an RRP of £35-£40 but thanks to internet/local game store/supermarket generally sold them for £20-£30.
Annoyingly the RRP has only gone up by £10 but changes to the distribution channel mean there are almost no day 0 discounts available.

Dobablo
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The_PhoneGuy Love tricky fights. Don’t love morons that try to charge into everything. Hopefully I can play with the morons in LFG in quiet times and run the hardest fractal-like scaled difficulty dungeons with my guild-mates. The progressive addition of options is looking promising that they will have decent challenge, incentives and rewards for the dungeons this time.

wanderv15
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Bannex19 Yah! Garrisons!

Dobablo
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Capedavenger I envy you. I have no excuse and will inevitably fall prey to a new cycle of energy drink fueled all-night sessions that deprive me of all sense of time, interpersonal relationships and hygiene, before slipping into a exhaustion cold that endures well into the middle of October.

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ManastuUtakata MostlysaneUK There’s no way Wrath was 50 bucks, though im in the UK so that might have made a difference but we usually end up paying more for these things.  I remember it being £15-20 at the most.  I agree, hope it’s worth it.  You can get BDO for just a bit more than half that price.  I’ll be playing a wait and see on this one.

ManastuUtakata
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MostlysaneUK 
Edit/Erratum: Yeah it’s *expensive…proper.

BrotherMaynard
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BrotherMaynard

Metadirective Single player, first person RPG in VR, with its own set of controllers (sold separately) and adapted for Kinect like devices, for extra realistic sword fights. WoW-themed headsets available.

WoW VR to be announced at BlizzCon.

BrotherMaynard
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Karl_Hungus ManastuUtakata Tongle Well, except the days of nihilistic exhaustion, I guess.

Vagrant Zero
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Bannex19  I remember the first few years of WoW quite well thank you. IT TOOK 3 FUCKING YEARS for the first expansion to come out. So you’re right FF14 isn’t at WoW levels…it’s well and past it by now.

And it took almost 2 years for my paladin to not be completely broken (unless a healer). I don’t hate WoW, hell I have my best memories of MMOs with WoW (and to a lesser extent Lotro), but they’re just memories at this point.

ArbsX
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SallyBowls1 ArbsX Karl_Hungus wild_abyss Yes prepatch is usually 4-6 weeks before Expac officially releases, but the Demon Hunter will be released & playable in-between that.

ArbsX
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Karl_Hungus ArbsX wild_abyss Yes i found a MMO-C post with it. http://www.mmo-champion.com/threads/1892654-Demon-Hunter-7-days-before-release

Sorenthaz
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mourasaint I guess it’s possible.  Depends on how far Legion goes, I guess, because if this is THE big bad final confrontation then it’s hard to see what would come after that.  ’cause we’re dealing with all three big remaining threats, or at least their forces: N’Zoth with the Emerald Nightmare, Azshara likely will end up being encountered, and Sargeras’s Burning Legion of course is the main baddie that’ll be the focus.  
Would definitely be a smart move on Blizzard’s part, imo, to do a WoW successor MMO with not only a better engine but without a lot of the issues that Blizzard created for themselves, assuming they’ve learned from their mistakes.
That’d definitely be cool if Blizz did that.  At this point Warcraft should be up on board for another game, imo, since Starcraft 2 is basically done outside of DLC milk packs and Diablo 3 doesn’t sound like it’s getting an expansion and Overwatch is about to launch too.   So theoretically they have a dev slot open for a Warcraft game now, and it would be pretty interesting if they simply did a reboot based on the movie universe or something.

Zarkov
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Zarkov

I’m sorry to hear their production schedule doesnt match your life. Oh, well. Shit happens.

Karl_Hungus
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Estranged 
My argument is that what made that dinner special for you was not just the price tag, but the company you kept for it. The only reason you paid that much is because you were with loved ones. That sentiment certainly carries over to WoW too. You could have your loved ones with you leveling up in Draenor and it would’ve felt just as warm and fuzzy as that dinner. “Value” can often be subjective.

Karl_Hungus
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ManastuUtakata Karl_Hungus schlag sweetleaf Siphaed 
You’re my unrequited internet love. I’d never troll you.

BryanCole
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Finally!  Now I can focus on other games for now so that my plate is clean…oh wait…nm, Deus Ex comes out that month and then FFXV afterwards…but that’s ok, I can always find time to squeeze an hour or 2 into WoW unless it does what it always does and swallows me whole for a good 3 months or more and then I pop out the other side all stinky and wondering what happened to the world.

mysecretid
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mysecretid

“I sense a great disturbance in The Force”

Seriously, though, whenever a World of WarCraft expansion drops, it’s certainly not something gamers as a whole ignore.

I don’t even play the game, but it always seems to generate tons of discussion, positive or negative.
I confess, I’m interested to see what the response to Burning Legion will be, regardless of whether I’m playing or not..

ManastuUtakata
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Karl_Hungus schlag sweetleaf Siphaed 
Your tempting him. (And trolling me. :( )

Capedavenger
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Capedavenger

I have summers off — so now this xpac will launch when I go back to work, and have no time to play. :(
Thank you Blizzard, and thank you Overwatch for fucking over another Summer!

Estranged
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Estranged

I don’t usually go expensive solo. LOL

Karl_Hungus
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Karl_Hungus

Estranged 
What video game would you put above your loved ones?

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