Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Past World of Warcraft Expansions are Now Free for Subscribers

Past World of Warcraft Expansions are Now Free for Subscribers

In the world of MMOs, most have moved beyond the subscription model to free to play with micro-transactions, as few are big enough to sustain a player base and the exorbitant cost of running such large-scale games with monthly fees. The monthly subscription fee now offers access to all content up to and including Legion.

Aside from Battle for Azeroth, which will still require a $49.99 purchase if you want to get in on the new content, you can play through all six of the previous content dumps up through Legion, so you've got just about a month left to experience a taste of it all before the new expansion drops on August 14. More so with a new expansion, World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth out on August 14 the world over. That's all changed today, as Blizzard has announced that every single player now has access to the base game and the majority of expansions so long as they remain subscribed.

This news, either by planning or sheer coincidence, coincides with the release of the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch that includes new character customization options (including the ability to finally create orcs who don't hunch over, a godsend for chiropractors who play the game), new events, and an updated PvP system.

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If you're trying to get your friends into the game, you can now gift either the expansion or the Complete Collection to friends.

Whether you're a solo or group player you can also enjoy the retaking of Lordaeron (Undercity) and the Teldrassil incident next week, which sets the stage for the Alliance vs. Horde conflict in the upcoming expansion. You can also level up to 110 without interruption - though those wanting to reach the planned new level cap of 120 will need to buy the next expansion when it arrives. The change looks to be a permanent part of the new Warcraft pricing structure.

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