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 most recent Shadowlands growth, and one other for the World of Warcraft Basic server possibility.
Within the latter case, 2007’s massively fashionable WoW growth pack, The Burning Campaign, will probably be bolted onto the WoW Basic possibility 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 photographs 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 might recall that this growth 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 sport will roll out in phases, at a cadence paced for the WoW Basic 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 would not point out any quality-of-life (QoL) modifications, you may seemingly must make your peace with the growth’s unique quirks, albeit boosted by improved stability between the Horde and Alliance due to the Blood Elf and Draenei races newly showing on this growth. If that is precisely the place you need your WoW recollections to dwell on through an official Blizzard server, you then’ll be in heaven—particularly since this can be a free replace for anybody who already pays for a WoW subscription. In the meantime, in case you actually need to maintain issues vanilla, you may have the choice to carry your WoW Basic characters again to stay in a world that does not know the kiss of the Outland. (When you need assistance making that call, maybe flip by way of 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 previous WoW days, although now we have to think about the nostalgia for WoW Basic gamers might run out with this growth. Our reviews on followers bringing older WoW variations again to life on non-public servers, which Blizzard fought again on, actually 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 photographs and descriptions of what is to come back. Followers taking part in the most recent growth can count on at the least one new raid and mega-dungeon, together with extra of the standard expansion-patch trimmings, in some unspecified time in the future. This leak did not embrace a launch date, however we’re undecided if which means we must always count on a stealth drop when the replace is introduced tomorrow.