Inactive World of Warcraft players can return for free starting today through the weekend

    
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I dunno how your circle of friends is handling the World of Warcraft patch and Shadowlands expansion plan, but over here at Massively OP, several writers are toying with playing, going back, or even trying out the game for the first time. Good news for all of them, then, as Blizzard announced today that it’s rolling out a free-play event today through November 8th – assuming you had an inactive account to begin with.

“Shadowlands is nearly here, and you and your allies are needed back on the front lines. This weekend, we’re giving all players with inactive World of Warcraft accounts full access to the game* and all of your characters without a subscription. You’ll be able to access all expansions including Battle for Azeroth, so you can play the most recent content and be ready for Shadowlands when it launches on November 23, 2020 at 3 p.m. PST. Rejoin your guild, rally your comrades, and prepare to brave the beyond. Return to World of Warcraft FREE from November 5 to November 8. […] If you’re new to World of Warcraft or you’ve been away for a while, you can play through the new starting experience starting at level 1 to learn the ropes.

“Players who have already experienced Battle for Azeroth and reached level 50 on at least one character can choose to level any subsequent characters in a different expansion using Timewalking Campaigns. This new feature makes it so content from locations like Northrend or Pandaria scales to a player’s level, so they can adventure from level 10 all the way to 50 and experience the stories in these areas at their originally intended pacing. Visit Chromie near the embassies in Stormwind or Orgrimmar to select your expansion leveling experience. If you’d like to select a different expansion to level through, simply speak to Chromie again.”

Do note that while the event lands you Battle for Azeroth for free and allows you to play past the free-trial level cap, you’d still have to buy Shadowlands to play that on launch. And logically, WoW Classic isn’t included in the free play fun.

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Hurbster

Having not played retail since Cata it is literally a new game for me, even after playing Classic for the last year. I don’t know how anything works, I had 6 gold and a mount at level 10, which just feels wrong.

Going through WoD, quite enjoying it.

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Bruno Brito

I’ll use this to get my transmogs.

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wratts

TBH if it didn’t compete with the Bless Unleashed beta I could be interested, but I’d rather play something new

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flatline4400

Prob would take that long to patch and get all my old UI mods working again…

EmberStar
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EmberStar

I hope this is useful for people. It’s not going to make any difference to me – the reasons I stopped playing were everything to do with how Actibliz wants to handle use privacy and account security, and almost nothing to do with the actual subscription cost.

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Dug From The Earth

You got any details on the Actibliz privacy and account security stuff?

EmberStar
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EmberStar

RealID, universal BattleTags. I find both to be unacceptable. The WoW Armory, which (if I was actively playing) would allow literally anyone on the Internet to paw through my characters and decide whether or not my account would be “worth it” to hack and pillage. And I know that at least BattleTags and the Armory are not possible to opt out. The last time I played the only opt-out for RealID was to flag my account as “played by a minor” because otherwise anyone with the right add-on could get my real name whether I had chosen to share it or not. I don’t know if that’s still the case, and frankly do not care.

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kjempff

WoW Classic isn’t included in the free play fun

/sadface

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Jacquotte Fox Kline

I was thinking just this week about playing classic again. For a minute I thought Blizzard wanted me back as a paying subscriber, but apparently they just want more expansions sold. That’s going to be a no. /feelsbadman

Dantos
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Dantos

I tried getting back into it. I thought I was 1 area discovery away from unlocking BFA flying until I saw the tiny text listing the Rust and unshackled factions needed to reach revered, I was neutral and the rep buff is gone. I was so disheartened I haven’t been able to play since. It’s also to ‘gamey’ now with so many timers, time gating and systems it starts reminding me of mobile games. Yeah, classic exists, but I played that on release through Wotlk.

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Dug From The Earth

Timers?

Are you referring to the wartable missions? Where you send npc’s on missions for 2-8 hours at a time? These make up such a tiny portion of the game, and a very unimportant one at that now.

If not that, then im curious what you are speaking of. I mean, Wow is an mmorpg, and pretty much all of them are time gated via leveling, rep and item grind. The newest patch has cut down the time to level by about 75% however, which is nice, and the rep grinds for many things have been removed (such as those needed to unlock additional races.)

Dantos
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Dantos

ill nix timers, but im sticking with time gating being a thing I hate. I’m only allowed to earn so much rep per day to unlock a quality of life feature that is present in every single other area of the game. Just let me grind dungeons or something like I could back in BC days with a tabbard or something. If it was just something like a new mount or cosmetic item I could see.

In FF14, for example, I can unlock flying as soon as I finish the main story and collect all the things around the map and do the required quests. They don’t say, you are only allowed to collect x currents per day so it will take 20 days to get them all. If I want to do the whole story in a day I can.

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Dug From The Earth

what rep only lets you earn so much per day?

And you can unlock flying in every area of the game at level 30, no gathering or rep needed, except for the most recent expansion.

Vanilla
Burning Crusade
Lich King
Pandaria
Warlords
Cataclysm
Legion

At level 30, you can fly in all these expansions

Im not sure where you are coming up with these obscure restrictions. Maybe you should actually TRY the game during this free period to see how much has changed since a lot of your recollections dont seem to be very accurate anymore.

Dantos
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Dantos

I’ve been playing the past few weeks. I started a sub again when the pre-patch hit. The Rust Bolt Resistance and Unshackled seem limited in how much rep is feasible in a day. I do know flying is available in all those other areas, which is exactly why I have a problem with a quality of life feature being time gated because it IS available in every other part of the game than the most recent, current (soon to be not) content. Heck let me pay gold for it like we used to.

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Ben Stone

FWIW flight isn’t locked behind pathfinder anymore. You can fly everywhere in the leveling zones (which includes BFA) at level 30.

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losludvig

those account unlocks are incredibly stacked against people showing up late, or people who play a lot of alts.
This is especially crazy when it comes to unlocking allied races – one of the few rewards tailored to altoholics