Recruit four of the playable Allied Races† joining
the fight in the upcoming expansion to Blizzard Entertainment's
acclaimed massively multiplayer online role-playing game
Instantly boost one Horde or Alliance character to level 110 today†
IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
A new great war between the Alliance and the Horde will erupt this summer†—and
starting today, World of Warcraft® players
around the globe can seek out new champions to fight for their faction's
cause. Blizzard Entertainment today announced that Battle
for Azeroth™, the next expansion to the
world's most popular subscription-based massively multiplayer online
role-playing game, is now available for pre-purchase at www.worldofwarcraft.com.
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The Horde and the Alliance face off in Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth. (Graphic: Business Wire)
Players who pre-purchase Battle for Azeroth today can begin their
journey to recruit four of the expansion's new Allied Races, each
representing comrades they've fought alongside on the Broken
Isles and Argus in the game's most recent expansion, Legion™.
Upon winning the respect of an Allied Race by completing quests and
earning reputation, players will unlock the ability to create characters
of that race and set out on a new adventure across Azeroth.†
Alliance players can add the shadow-touched Void elves and valiant
Lightforged draenei to their ranks, while members of the Horde will be
able to bring the ancient Nightborne and noble Highmountain tauren into
their faction's fold—with additional Allied Races to come in the future.
Pre-purchasing Battle for Azeroth also grants the included level-110
character boost immediately†, so players can enter the
expansion ready to fight on the front lines of the coming war. Upon Battle
for Azeroth's launch, heroes will be called upon to seek
reinforcements in the seafaring kingdom of Kul Tiras and troll empire of
Zandalar; battle for strategic control of Stromgarde, a new 20-player
cooperative Warfront; and embark on Island Expeditions, where bands from
rival factions race to claim resources on treacherous uncharted terrain.
"Battle for Azeroth brings a whole new dimension to the
Horde-vs.-Alliance conflict in World of Warcraft, with a new
continent to explore for each faction and brand-new gameplay features
like Allied Races, randomized Island Expeditions, and large-scale
Warfronts," said Mike Morhaime. "No matter which side they fight for,
players' dedication to their faction will be put to the test when the
new expansion arrives this summer."
Players who choose to level up a new Allied Race will also be able to
enjoy World of Warcraft's recently revamped level 1 to 100
questing experience. Building upon a popular feature introduced on the
Broken Isles in Legion, zones across Azeroth, Outland, and
Draenor now scale to a wide range of character levels, making it so
players can enjoy the quests, stories, and other content at their own
pace. Those who complete the full level 20-110 experience† as
an Allied Race character will also earn that race's distinctive Heritage
Armor—a set of cosmetic gear that represents their dedication to finding
their people's place in Azeroth.
Standard and Digital Deluxe Editions
Battle for Azeroth is available for pre-purchase digitally in a
standard edition ($49.99 SRP) and Digital Deluxe ($69.99) edition. In
addition to the expansion, the Digital Deluxe edition also includes a
cache of in-game bonuses that allow you to proudly proclaim your
allegiance to the Horde or the Alliance in a variety of Blizzard games,
World of Warcraft: Charge into battle astride the
Seabraid Stallion (Alliance) and Gilded Ravasaur (Horde) mounts, and
explore new frontiers with Tottle, the baby Tortollan pet, at your
Hearthstone®: After a
rough day on the front, rest up at the tavern and play a few hands of Hearthstone
with your hot new Azeroth Is Burning card back.
StarCraft® II: Make
your mark on distant worlds with Horde- and Alliance-themed sprays.
Heroes of the Storm®:
Roar onto the Battlegrounds of the Nexus riding your Primal
Flamesaber, a fiery new mount with three variants.
Overwatch®: Champion your
faction on the battlefields of tomorrow with Horde and Alliance voice
lines for Torbjörn and emotes for Tracer; sprays featuring Anduin,
Sylvanas, Jaina, and Varok Saurfang; and player icons representing Kul
Tiras and Zandalar.
Players who pre-purchase the Digital Deluxe edition will unlock the
above bonuses today with the exception of the mount for Heroes of the
Storm, which is arriving soon after due to the game's content update
Battle for Azeroth will also be available in a boxed Collector's
Edition, which includes an assortment of loot in addition to the above
in-game bonuses. More details on the Collector's Edition, including
pricing, contents, and availability, will be announced at later date.
Battle for Azeroth Features
World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth includes new features and
content that will put heroes' dedication and fortitude to the test. In
this expansion, players will be called upon to:
Explore Two Fabled Kingdoms: As a champion of the Horde, travel
to the empire of Zandalar to persuade the trolls to lend their
naval might. As a defender of the Alliance, venture to the seafaring
kingdom of Kul Tiras, home of Jaina Proudmoore, and rally its
inhabitants to fight for your cause.
Recruit Allied Races: Take a new form for your adventures as
several new playable Allied Races, each with unique
racial abilities. Earn the favor of the Highmountain tauren, Void
elves, Dark Iron dwarves, and others to create a new character of that
race and add their strength to your faction.
Plunder the Islands of the Great Sea: Set out on Island
Expeditions and conquer an ever-changing array of enemies,
environments, and objectives. Battle in groups of three as you race
against cunning rival intruders—or enemy players—to collect each
island's resources and fuel the war effort.
Charge Into a Warfront: Fight on the battlefields of a
large-scale, 20-player cooperative Warfront to claim a key
strategic location. Capture resources to build your faction's forces,
lead the charge as your troops lay siege to objectives, and fight the
enemy commander to claim victory in this new PvE mode inspired by
classic Warcraft real-time strategy-game battles.
Infuse Your Armor With Titanic Might: Seek out Azerite, an
invaluable new resource that has emerged in the Burning Legion's wake.
Imbue the Heart of Azeroth—a legendary neck piece entrusted to each
hero by Magni Bronzebeard—with Azerite to customize your armor with
new powers and traits.
Battle to Level 120: Trace the corruption of the Blood God to
the Underrot, unearth the secrets of a lost titan vault, escape from
the Drust Realm of the Dead, and more as you quest through 10 new
levels—then continue to grow in power through new World Quests, raids,
dungeons, and more.
To learn more about World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, visit
the expansion's official website at www.worldofwarcraft.com/battleforazeroth.
†World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth will launch
in summer 2018 (winter 2018 in regions in southern hemisphere; on or
before September 21, 2018). Pre-purchasing World of Warcraft: Battle
for Azeroth makes available quest lines that enable players to access
the Highmountain tauren, Lightforged draenei, Nightborne, and Void
elves. To unlock Allied Races quest lines, players must have a level-110
character and have met specific questing and reputation requirements on
the factions each Allied Race is aligned with. To unlock a Heritage
Armor set, players must level an Allied Race character from its starting
level of 20 to 110 without boosting, faction- or race-changing, or being
granted levels via the Recruit-A-Friend program. Players upgrading from World
of Warcraft Starter Edition must wait for trial restrictions to be
removed (up to 72 hours) before using character boost.
About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft®,
the Warcraft®, StarCraft®,
and Diablo® franchises, and the multi-franchise Heroes
of the Storm®, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com),
a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer
and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of
the industry's most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment's
track record includes twenty-one #1 games* and multiple Game
of the Year awards. The company's online gaming service, Blizzard
Battle.net®, is one of the largest online-gaming services in
the world, with millions of active players.
*Sales and/or downloads, based on internal company records and
reports from key distribution partners.
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