World of Warcraft: Classic launches The Burning Crusade on June 1

    
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The Doom Brigade

So it was rumored and so it turned out to be; WoW Classic is going to Outland on June 1st. It’s now been officially announced that the game’s first major expansion, The Burning Crusade, will arrive on the classic servers on that date, with the game’s pre-patch arriving on May 18th. The pre-patch is also when players will need to choose between going to the new expansion servers, stick with the existing classic service, or use the Character Clone option to have a character simultaneously existing on both at the same time.

It’s also important to note that the expansion will be a simultaneous global release, with every region releasing at their equivalent time to 6:00 p.m. EDT on June 1st in the US. That means some regions will have to technically wait until June 2nd; check the full chart of precise times on the official site. And start getting prepared; you don’t want Illidan to think you aren’t, after all. Preparation via the character boost and/or collector’s edition are also available if you want to drop a little extra coin on it.

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Jiminy Smegit

All makes sense really. ActiBlizz needs a cash boost for the end of the financial quarter at the end of June so short prepatch means plenty of instant level 58 cash, kaching. Poor Bobby needs a new boat now that his bonus has been cut. Modern Blizz kinda hates the fact that a lot of players prefer classic to nightfaegoboomboom. Holly Longdale moves from the Everquest nostalgia whale milking team to begin butchering the rotting carcass of another IP.

The thing that bothers me is the people who believe microtransactions like these are completely fine without understanding the bigger picture of how toxic this slippery slope is. Gaming companies are slowly chipping away at the pricing norms until all that are left are the Stockholm Syndrome gamers who will shill for free to shout down the gamers old enough to fondly remember those pre-battle pass days.

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teppic

Two week pre-patch is an absolute joke. Not to mention giving less than a month’s notice for the actual release date. It seems Blizzard’s rushed it out with no concern for the game’s health or the players.

As for the $35 character copies…

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KoboldWhite

Wait, are they giving us like… 2 weeks to get our belfs up to 58? No, I don’t think I’ll bother in that case, I generally need at least 2-3 months for that…

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Fisty

I am glad the rumors were true. I am ready to dive back in and I might be able to get a cpl toons close to 58 by then. Argue all you want down there, it is going to be a fun time for a minute or two.

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MaynardKeenanX

AwfuI timing for me. Just rediscovered Neverwinter and aII the changes they made since Iaunch and Iove my character I buiIt up the Iast few weeks.

I used to raid cIassic + tbc hardcore but I refuse to abandon my neverwinter char right now.

Sorry passing fuIIy.

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Khrome

Now i know why Omar left.

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Munchmeat2

They’re bleeding developers left and right.

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aYates

A lot of negative comments in here, but I’m looking forward to it!
Still leveling up in Classic, so not sure I’ll be Lvl 58 by June 1st.
The way I see it, f you play enough, the sub is worth it.

I do wish they someday take what works from Classic to retail, but not holding my breath. I get the frustration…

If I was in charge I’d keep Classic running through Wrath and sunset retail in some explosive, crazy finale expansion called “End Times” lol
Then, take everything people like about Classic and Retail, add Housing, a couple new classes and call it WoW 2.
Pretty simple, huh?! ;-)

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jimthomasUS

Mass Effect and Burning Crusade both released in 2007. For $130 this month you can revisit both.

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jealouspirate

You only need $15 to play TBC.

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Hurbster

I loved TBC….back in the day.

I’m not going to give Blizz any more of my money.

jimthomasUS
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jimthomasUS

It’s Activision now.

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Hurbster

There is a difference?

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Sorrior

Not gonna lie i was tempted t9 get the deluxe edition assuming the hearthstone would apply to live as well.. why they are restricting so much to just classic is..interesting(as in since no longer obtainable and was never a ce item why not make it work for both)

Buut yeah..i may check it out at some point but wow overall has just gone so far downhill it is insane