Forward of this weekend’s BlizzCon game-announcement frenzy, two of Blizzard’s secrets and techniques have sneaked out within the type of a leak. Each revolve round World of Warcraft: one for the newest Shadowlands enlargement, and one other for the World of Warcraft Traditional server choice.
Within the latter case, 2007’s massively in style WoW enlargement pack, The Burning Campaign, will probably be bolted onto the WoW Traditional choice contained in the Blizzard Launcher beginning someday in “2021.” The information comes from an obvious leak of official BlizzCon press launch supplies, all formatted with official pictures and descriptions of what is to come back, as discovered on Blizzard’s official servers by customers at Reddit’s WoW group.
As with 2019’s official WoW vanilla launch, The Burning Campaign will return with none new or particular options on high of what initially got here with the sport. You could recall that this enlargement pack included a trickle of content material drops whereas Blizzard maintained it earlier than promoting Wrath of the Lich King in 2008. In the meantime, Blizzard’s leaked doc claims that the unique model’s replace cadence will return: “Content material from the unique recreation will roll out in phases, at a cadence paced for the WoW Traditional group. Put together for the opening of the Black Temple, gear as much as confront the gods of Zul’Aman, and collect your allies to face the fury of the Sunwell.”
Because the doc does not point out any quality-of-life (QoL) modifications, you will probably need to make your peace with the enlargement’s unique quirks, albeit boosted by improved steadiness between the Horde and Alliance due to the Blood Elf and Draenei races newly showing on this enlargement. If that is precisely the place you need your WoW reminiscences to dwell on by way of an official Blizzard server, you then’ll be in heaven—particularly since it is a free replace for anybody who already pays for a WoW subscription. In the meantime, for those who actually wish to hold issues vanilla, you will have the choice to carry your WoW Traditional characters again to stay in a world that does not know the kiss of the Outland. (Should you need assistance making that call, maybe flip by Ars’ 2007 assessment of TBC.)
Providing each choices on official WoW servers is a superb indicator of Blizzard’s dedication to the attraction of reliving the outdated WoW days, although we have now to think about the nostalgia for WoW Traditional gamers might run out with this enlargement. Our stories on followers bringing older WoW variations again to life on non-public servers, which Blizzard fought again on, definitely by no means broached the Lich King or Cataclysm eras.
The opposite leak within the wild, for Shadowlands‘ upcoming “Chains of Domination” replace, additionally got here within the type of a leaked Blizzard press launch, which WoWHead breaks down with loads of pictures and descriptions of what is to come back. Followers taking part in the newest enlargement can count on at the least one new raid and mega-dungeon, together with extra of the same old expansion-patch trimmings, in some unspecified time in the future. This leak did not embody a launch date, however we’re undecided if which means we should always count on a stealth drop when the replace is introduced tomorrow.