World of Warcraft has ditched the upfront fee for new players

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In the past, if you wanted to jump into World of Warcraft, you had to but the Battle Chest, which contained the base game and many of the previously released expansions as a flat, upfront fee, along with needing to fork out for the monthly sub.

Blizzard has now tweaked how new users can play the game, by removing the Battle Chest completely. The new subscription page on Battle.net has removed the chest, and ditched the once-off entry fee.

“Get access to World of Warcraft and every expansion through Legion with your subscription—no additional purchase required. Begin your journey today and play up to level 110 through six expansions of adventure!”

It means that players who start now can get access to everything that World of Warcraft has to offer without having to cough up anything beyond the monthly subscription. That includes every single expansion right up until  (but not including) the yet-to-be-released Battle for Azeroth. If you want access to that – which launches next month – you’ll have to cough up a little extra coin.

This change will make no difference to regular players of course, as Blizzard has traditionally made its expansions free when they release new ones anyway. The lower barrier of entry does, however, mean that you may have more people to play alongside.

As for Battle for Azeroth? It’s out on 14 August 2018, though the pre-patch is available right now.

“Azeroth paid a terrible price to end the apocalyptic march of the Legion’s crusade—but even as the world’s wounds are tended, it is the shattered trust between the Alliance and Horde that may prove hardest to mend. As this age-old conflict reignites, join your allies and champion your faction’s cause—Azeroth’s future will be forged in the fires of war.”

Last Updated: July 18, 2018

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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