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World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade re-returns on June 1, Necessitates”cloning”

Not chromie time — If you’re already in WoW Classic, you have a decision to make starting May 18. Sam Machkovech – May 6, 2021 7:35 pm UTC Off to Tempest Keep we go, starting June 1. Hi from Auchindoun. Nagrand is unscarred… for now. The Netherstorm. Shadowmoon Valley. It’s been a while, so we…

Maybe not chromie time —

If you are already in WoW Classic, you have a decision to make starting May 18.


  • Away to Tempest Keep we proceed, beginning June 1.

  • Hello from Auchindoun.

  • Nagrand is unscarred… for today.

  • The Netherstorm.

  • Shadowmoon Valley.

  • It has been a while, so we overlook: Is it safe to eat the mushrooms in Zangarmarsh?

After World of Warcraft successfully relaunched its original”vanilla” client in 2019, fans started wondering if the WoW Classic universe would finally march toward expansion packs–like the unofficial WoW Vanilla community had already done. That question was answered earlier this season with news that the official WoW Classic line would really adopt 2007’s Burning Crusade growth sometime in 2021.

Blizzard firmed this up plan’s timeline on Thursday, verifying WoW Classic‘s Burning Crusade transition will kick off on June 1. The same as with 2019’s launch of WoW Classic, anyone who pays for a continuing WoW subscription will probably get full access to WoW Burning Crusade at no extra cost.

Today’s news also explains the game’s march toward”Classic but newer”–it understands that some players may not wish to stomp toward new zones such as the Outland or new character species like the Blood Elf and Draenei. If you’ve been playing WoW Classic because its 2019 launch, you will be moved beginning on May 18 to peruse a new”cloning” attribute , designed to allow you to do something along with your current characters. The default is to pack up that character and transfer it to some newer Burning Crusade server, therefore deleting its pre-expansion state. You might also lock an existing character so that it’s not transferred ahead to some Burning Crusade server, or you can split the difference and have two versions of a beloved personality: one on an older server, trapped forever in a pre-expansion bubble, and one on a newer server, prepared to march alongside the ever-moving tides of darkness.

This is probably a Fantastic time to work your tastes, along with those of your WoW Classic-loving clan, and determine just how much into WoW‘s past you are willing to go. The simple fact that Burning Crusade is being propped up indicates that the Blizzard Classic team is not performed here; the folks at Blizzard Classic may also 1 day do the same for 2010’s tremendous Cataclysm expansion (which, frankly, is where I expect they cease ). Obviously, when you are the sort of old-school MMO player who’s time to juggle characters on two servers to get two distinct expansion packs of the same match, Blizzard has your back.

Unfortunately, the May 18 pre-patch launch also leaves a specific type of participant crunched for time: individuals who are eager to roll a brand new Burning Crusade character, especially in the Blood Elf and Draenei races, and want to grind that character up to level 60 in time for the formal June 1 launch. Why exactly Blizzard did not pad this time out for at least another week or so is past us.

And if you’re wondering what to expect from WoW Classic‘s tiptoe toward Burning Crusade, stroll down memory lane with Ars Technica’s review of this expansion as it had been only two weeks old. The existing WoW Classic client is proof positive that Blizzard Classic is departing well-enough independently, so it’s return to 2007 here. Therefore, use rose-tinted glasses of nostalgia (or, ahem, rose-colored goggles) as you see fit–especially as we count the days down as another good-looking Blizzard Classic project, Diablo II Resurrected, continues its own vague march toward a launch in”2021.”

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