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Battle for Azeroth releases this summer

01 February 2018

Blizzard Entertainment has announced that Battle for Azeroth, the next expansion for the 13-year-old World of Warcraft, is launching for PC this summer. The press release says summer, and the disclaimer mentions "on or before September 21, 2018", the official "end" of summer. The standard edition is priced $50/€45, while the deluxe will set you back $70/€60.

Digital Deluxe owners will get a host of goods for other Blizzard games as well.

Pre-purchasing Battle for Azeroth will also give you a level 110 character boost instantly so you can start recruiting the Allied Races, as well as prepare for the upcoming expansion. You have to complete quests to earn their favour, but once you do, you can create your own Void Elf, Lightforged Draenei, Ancient Nightborne, or Highmountain Tauren.

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As usual, there's a Digital Deluxe Edition which comes with mounts, a baby Tortolian Pet, some Overwatch stuff, Hearthstone card pack, StarCraft 2 sprays, and a Heroes of the Storm mount.

If you are looking to unlock a Heritage Armor set for your new character, you must level that character up from 20 to 110 without any outside influence like faction/race changing, and the Recruit-A-Friend program. You also get player icons for Kul Tiras and Zandalar; along with sprays featuring Anduin, Sylvanas, Jaina, and Varok Saurfang artwork.

We recently had an opportunity to speak with World of Warcraft designers about the new Allied Races and the new level-scaling system.

Battle for Azeroth sees the armies of the Horde and Alliance turn their attention back toward one another following their shared victory over the demonic Burning Legion.

A boxed Collector's Edition of the expansion will also be available with a few goodies in addition to the previously stated bonuses.

- Heroes of the Storm®: Roar onto the Battlegrounds of the Nexus riding your Primal Flamesaber, a fiery new mount with three variants.

Battle for Azeroth releases this summer