World of Warcraft The War Within launches August 26, Diablo IV Vessel of Hatred launches October 8


As some rightly predicted while looking at the end of Pandaria Remix on August 19th, World of Warcraft’s next expansion is coming very soon afterward. Blizzard announced over the weekend that The War Within has an official launch date of August 26th, followed by the start of its first season on September 10th.

However, for those who buy the more expensive edition of the game, the start date comes several days earlier. The early access launch is on August 22nd, giving those players a whole weekend head start over the rest of the crowd.

“It’s time to come home! The journey to save Azeroth from the encroaching forces of the void begins August 26 when The War Within—World of Warcraft’s first entry in the ambitious new Worldsoul Saga and the game’s 10th expansion—launches worldwide. The cinematic announcing the release date premiered at Xbox Showcase and can be viewed here. Players who purchased the Epic Edition or the physical collector’s edition, will be able to jump in ahead of the global launch when early access goes live on August 23.

“The Warcraft franchise is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary, while World of Warcraft will be celebrating its 20th anniversary later this year. To celebrate the forthcoming global launch, the WoW team announced a new limited time ‘Welcome to Azeroth’ bundle to invite new and returning players to explore this fantastical world and ready players to take the fight to the harbinger of the void herself, Xal’atath. Priced at $25 USD, this bundle includes: Dragonflight expansion, Level 60 character boost, 60 Days of game time.”

You can check out the roadmap and the date reveal trailer with some new cinematic beats below:

And in Diablo IV news, the Vessel of Hatred expansion is launching October 8th.

Diablo IV exploded in 2023, and its highly anticipated first expansion, Vessel of Hatred, will be available October 8. The opening cinematic premiered at Xbox Showcase, which can be viewed here. Pre-purchases are available now for immediate access to in-game cosmetic rewards. Prepare for the darkness that awaits you:

NEW CLASS: SPIRITBORN—Ranked among the apex predators of the jungle, the Spiritborn is an entirely new class to the Diablo series. They are battle-hardened with mystical synergies that could only be awakened deep within the jungles of Nahantu. Become one of the Spiritborn and embrace the ethereal Spirits entwined with this ancient civilization.

NEW REGION: NAHANTU—Explore Nahantu, the new jungle region in Diablo IV full of secrets, dangerous new Dungeons, Strongholds, and ferocious demons from warring Tribes.

CONTINUE THE CAMPAIGN—Set immediately following the events of Diablo IV, Vessel of Hatred continues the dark story as you fight to save Neyrelle from Mephisto’s tightening grip on her soul, still reeling from the choice she made to contain him. The search for Neyrelle takes you deep into the ancient jungle as she grapples with the imprisoned Prime Evil. Attempt to unravel Mephisto’s dark plot while new foes encircle your every move, planning your demise. The fate of Neyrelle’s soul—and her ability to stop this Prime Evil from destroying Sanctuary—rests in your hands.

NEW GAME UPDATES— Vessel of Hatred also has huge updates for all Diablo IV players with new class skills, paragon boards, legendary glyphs, dungeon types, Tree of Whispers activities, and more.  Never fight alone as new Mercenaries can join you on your quest to fight in the dense undergrowth of Nahantu and beyond. These powerful allies grow in power as they progress, and each are equipped with unique abilities to help you in combat.  A new co-op PvE mode where you work with your friends to complete objectives and slay the boss in a multi-level dungeon, while getting loot and rewards.

Digital Pre-Purchase Editions & Bonuses: Vessel of Hatred is available for digital pre-purchase as a Standard edition ($39.99 USD), Deluxe edition ($59.99 USD), and Ultimate edition ($89.99 USD). Diablo IV and Vessel of Hatred feature cross-platform play and cross-progression on Windows® PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Steam, plus up to four player co-op, including two player couch co-op on consoles. Must own the base game in order to play Vessel of Hatred. Each digital edition includes one or more items to enhance your adventure through Sanctuary:

Standard Edition: Includes Alkor the snow leopard pet, and a Mother’s Lament Legendary gem in Diablo Immortal*

Deluxe Edition: Includes everything in the Standard edition, plus Hratli the canine pet, the Nahantu War-cat Mount** and a Premium Seasonal Battle Pass Unlock in Diablo IV*.

Ultimate Edition: Includes everything in the Deluxe edition, plus the Nahantu Unearthed Armor bundle, Natalya the tiger pet, 3,000 platinum, the Wings of the Faith Cosmetic, and a Nahantu-themed town portal.

Source: Press release, WoW site. Cheers, Thanos, Protobear, and Vincent!
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