A release date for World of Warcraft’s latest expansion, Battle for Azeroth, had remained something of a mystery since its announcement. We knew it was due out by mid-September, but now Blizzard has finally confirmed an exact date that it arrived on PC: August 14, 2018.
Battle for Azeroth takes a great deal of influence from the early Warcraft games, bringing a renewed emphasis on the Alliance vs. Horde conflict. It takes players to new areas where the two factions will vie to amass naval resources from their respective islands, Zandalar (Horde) and Kul Tiras (Alliance), as they complete new quests and progress through the story.
The expansion also adds 10 dungeons, new Raid zones, and new world quests. There’s also something called called Warfronts, which is a 20-player co-op PvE mode meant to resemble classic RTS games. You’ll try to build up a substantial force and then attack objectives and deal with enemy commanders.
In terms of your character, the level cap increases to 120, and purchasing the expansion will grant you a level 110 boost for use with a new or existing toon. There are also new playable allied races; Alliance gets the Lightforged Draenei and Void Elves, while Horde gets Highmountain Tauren and Nightborne.
Blizzard also confirmed that, alongside the standard and Digital Deluxe editions, it will offer a Collector’s edition for Battle of Azeroth. This will include a hardcover novella, soundtrack, and more.