Yesterday, Blizzard Entertainment opened pre-orders for World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, which is now officially slated to release sometime this summer. The base edition is set for $49.99 USD, with the digital deluxe edition with in-game rewards across all of their live games other than Diablo 3 priced at $69.99.
As with the past few expansions, the Collector’s Edition is not yet available for sale, nor can purchasers of the Collector’s Edition take advantage of pre-order unlocks for the Allied Races and in-game rewards unless they pre-purchase a copy of the digital game now. Judging by the reaction amongst the community and the multitude of answers on what to do, it seems as if there is no universal response from Blizzard on whether a player would get a refund if they purchased a regular edition now and a CE later, or whether they’d simply get a code from Customer Service to give to a friend. Many players have expressed frustration that they feel they must buy two copies of the game or that they’re being punished for being willing to spend more money on a edition that will no doubt include a soundtrack, an art book, and other physical rewards that won’t be in their hands for several months.
Players who pre-purchase Battle for Azeroth upon their next login will be able to create any or all of the four available Allied Races (Nightborne, Void Elf, Highmountain Tauren, Lightforged Draenei) depending on whether they have reached exalted reputation on any character with that race’s faction, have completed their zone story in Legion, and have a level-capped toon in that race’s new faction. An Alliance player might unlock the Nightborne by playing through the Suramar story and becoming exalted with the Nightfallen faction, but they will require a level 110 Horde toon to unlock it in Orgrimmar, for example. The unlocks are account-wide once the requirements are met.
Regardless of pre-purchase status, all players will receive four extra character slots per server; however, they will still have to be within the 50 characters per account limit to take advantage of this. In the live Q&A with Game Director Ion Hazzikostas yesterday, he said that they would be hotfixing the character slots in the next day or two. Hazzikostas also answered many other questions as to BfA‘s mechanics and their game philosophy going into the new expansion in the Q&A, which we’ve linked below.
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