World of Warcraft’s Battle for Azeroth preorders are live, launching by September 21

It’s official: World of Warcraft‘s Battle for Azeroth preorders are live on the official store. You’re looking at $49.99 for the base package and $69.99 for the digital deluxe. The expansion has a release date stamp of “on or before September 21, 2018,” elsewhere in the PR referred to as “summer.” As usual, preorders come with multiple goodies accessible now, including the level 110 character booster and some (but not all) of the allied races.

“Players who pre-purchase Battle for Azeroth today can begin their journey to recruit four of the expansion’s new Allied Races, each representing comrades they’ve fought alongside on the Broken Isles and Argus in the game’s most recent expansion, Legion™. Upon winning the respect of an Allied Race by completing quests and earning reputation, players will unlock the ability to create characters of that race and set out on a new adventure across Azeroth.† Alliance players can add the shadow-touched Void elves and valiant Lightforged draenei to their ranks, while members of the Horde will be able to bring the ancient Nightborne and noble Highmountain tauren into their faction’s fold—with additional Allied Races to come in the future.”

The Q&A with Game Director Ion Hazzikostas is ongoing; so far the big news, besides the expansion, is that expanded solo queues aren’t likely. You can catch the rest below.

Update: And no, you aren’t the only one trying desperately to buy the game right now.

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April-Rain
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I only just got to argus before I quit a month ago after grinding faction rep to unlock flying, I really can’t face anymore grind to unlock races and so unbalanced the horde will be just about there having played through legion where the alliance like me after to start at the bottom with squat.

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Can’t say that I am pleased with them putting new races behind the purchase price (expected) and a reputation grind. This is not something they have ever done before and I did not expect it.

My long haul WOW days are past me, but I have always returned to expansions. Each time that I do, I play whatever new class or race shipped with that expansion. This time, I can’t do that. Not unless I spend the next month or two doing what I consider to be the worst content in MMOs. Reputation grinding.

To make matters worse, these reputations are a very controlled experience. The rate at which you can gain them is fixed, because you are only allowed so many quests per day.

This just screams money grab to me. Similar to a login reward, where coming online each day nets you some reward. This is like a login punishment. Login each day to do some repeatable quests that you have already done 30 times before and maybe in another 3 weeks we will let you play the race you already paid for… Say what?

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jay

So does this mean the new races are playable as of now if you have pre-ordered?

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Emiliano Lozada

Yes

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Weilan

The developers are clearly lacking imagination for the last couple of expansions – now they are recycling old races to make new ones… meh. I’m pretty sure Void Elves or whatever they came up with was made just for the expansion and lore never existed on it before that.

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jay

Void elves are part of the lore of the last x-pack, but yes this was a cheaper way to add in new content, you are correct. But better new content of some type, than nothing. Or just be bitter :)

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Loyheta

I feel bad for those that are going to wait for the physical Collector’s Edition. They won’t be able to access the allied races until right before the expansion… and I doubt it would include the bonus of the character boost as well.

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Jeff

It’s been that way with every CE I pre ordred…sorta use to the shunning by now

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hamblepants

Is it me, or is Blizzard putting out expansions more frequently than before (with Legion/this one)?

If so, nicely done Blizzard listening to your fans. I don’t play WoW any more, still glad to see folks excited :)

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Looking at the historical timeline of expansions, it’s actually a little longer than average in terms of launch-to-launch, but noticeably shorter from last raid to next expansion (the shortest content gap we’ve had at the end of an expansion since Wrath, in fact). And it’s unprecedentedly short from announcement to launch.

There actually is a bit of a weird pattern in the lead time for expansions, alternating between launching around 750 days after the previous launch (BC, Cata, Warlords, BFA), and shorter ones that launch closer to 650 days on (Wrath, Mists, Legion).

What’s odd is the ones that took 100 days less to get out the door all included new classes; which, you would think would add to the lead time, not subtract. On the other hand, if extra work was put into the next expansion at the expense of content for the current one, then that could explain the shorter lead times, even if there was more work overall to get done. Or there may not be much we can really read into that pattern, other than that some expansions take longer than others.

Anyway, historically BFA is on the high end for lead time from the last expansion launch, but not excessively so. And the shorter end of life content gap is consistent with what Blizzard said they wanted to do about taking more time between expansions and filling that time with more content along the way.

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Cosmic Cleric

The standard edition of Battle for Azeroth goes for $50 while a Digital Deluxe edition is available for $70.

Seems a little expensive for a xpac.

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John Buczek

I think this is what the last few have been, at least since they started including a Max Level Boost with them.

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Cosmic Cleric

They too seemed a little expensive for a xpac.

Not sure why a level boost (with it’s artificial worth price value) justifies a ‘new game’ price point, as the product would have a hard time selling without the level boost. /shrug

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Loopy

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Steve Fury

Ill be shocked if the xpac is released before Sept 21st. Its literally never happened in the past. 8 months of no content is , once again, ridiculous. Especially when other mmos put out content way more consistently.

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Polyanna

They advertised the same on or before date for Legion and that launched on 8/30, three weeks ahead of schedule.

And plenty of people right now are feeling like “only” 10 months from the last raid to BFA launch is a bit short to get all the little things done that still are left to do in Legion, like finishing all the side content, gearing up alts, farming gold and pretty things, finishing off crafting, and getting all the limited run cosmetic stuff unlocked.

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Sally Bowls

More consistently?

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Dread Quixadhal

I think Activision missed a golden opportunity to monetize this expansion.

Since the whole premise is to bring back the faction war, they could have sold a Horde Edition and an Alliance Edition, where each one would unlock that faction’s content… and you’d have to buy BOTH to play both sides.

No, I don’t work for EA. I didn’t suggest selling each new race as separate DLC…