World of Warcraft Classic fans will soon be able to replay the MMO’s first expansion Burning Crusade.
Players will return to the fel-scarred ruin of Hellfire Peninsula to stop the incursion at its source; rediscover what lurks below the fungal forests of Zangarmarsh, and face down Illidan the Betrayer once again.
“The World of Warcraft community made it clear that they wanted WoW Classic, and now they’re eager to continue their journey into The Burning Crusade,” said the president of Blizzard Entertainment, J. Allen Brack.
“Since the launch of WoW Classic and as we rolled out content updates, we’ve learned a lot about what players want from an experience like this in 2021.
“We’re building on that to ensure players’ new adventures in Outland are as epic as ever, whether they’re making a return trip through the Dark Portal or joining us for the very first time.”
Brack didn’t confirm a release date for the expansion but did reveal that over the course of content updates to follow, the recreation will bring back the features from the 2007 original. This will include the Shattered Realm of Outland, known for the treacherous crags and spires of Blade’s Edge Mountains, two new playable races, the blood elves as well as the Draenei. Additionally, players can expect to prove their PvP prowess in 2v2, 3v3, or 5v5 combat in Arenas and take flight in the skies of Netherstorm with the introduction of flying mounts.
As with World of Warcraft: Classic, Burning Crusade will be included for free in a WOW subscription. However, before entering the Dark Portal, players will be presented with a choice for each of their existing WoW Classic characters: to progress to the Burning Crusade era along with the rest of the Horde and Alliance heroes on their realm, or to continue adventuring in the original WoW Classic content on all-new “Classic Era” servers coming with the rollout of the expansion.
Players who want to experience the best of both worlds will have the option to “clone” each WoW Classic character as an optional paid service, allowing each hero to venture forth into Burning Crusade Classic while their copies continue their original adventure on a Classic Era realm.
For players who don’t have characters ready for the journey beyond the Dark Portal and are interested in adventuring in Outland with their friends, Blizzard will also offer an optional level-58 character boost service closer to the expansion’s launch. This option is strictly one-time-only, to “help preserve the integrity of players’ accomplishments in WoW Classic,” Blizzard said.
Blizzard Entertainment said it will be kicking off a beta test for Burning Crusade Classic in the near future, calling upon players to give feedback on the experience and help ensure the expansion strikes the best possible balance between authenticity and enjoyment.
More information on the beta test, including how to sign up, will be announced at a later date.