Are you prepared?
Blizzard Entertainment has announced that World of Warcraft Classic will be moving to the games first expansion, the Burning Crusade, in 2021. Initially launched on January 16, 2007, the first expansion sold nearly 2.4 million copies on release date, introducing the iconic betrayer and demon hunter Illidan Stormrage. Now the expansion is returning to World of Warcraft's Classic servers, bringing more nostalgic action to it’s player base. Blizzard has also announced that players who don't want to move on to Burning Crusade can remain in the initial Classic version of the game.
World of Warcraft initially launched in November 2004 in North America and in February 2005 in Europe. Using the rich universe initially created for Blizzard Entertainments Real-Time Strategy Series Warcraft, the Massive Multiplayer Online Role Play Game (MMORPG) had taken over the gaming word in the mid to late 2000s, quickly becoming one of the most popular video games on the planet. Since then, the game has gone through eight expansion with its latest iteration called World of Warcraft: Shadowlands.
During a Blizzcon panel in 2016, a fan had asked the developers if they had considered bringing back earlier versions of the game since they had enjoyed huge popularity on privately hosted realms. The response had flabbergasted the WoW community, with President of Blizzard Entertainment J. Allen Brack arguing that players wouldn't enjoy the older versions anymore, answering with the now-iconic phrase "you think you do, but you don't". Players of WoW Classic have since proven Brack wrong, swarming the servers and giving World of Warcraft a renaissance of sort in 2020.
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