World of Warcraft Drops Paid Expansions for a Subscription-Only Model

Blizzard does away with World of Warcraft Battle Chest pricing

Blizzard Bids Good-Bye to the Battle Chest - Everything Through Legion Simply Requires a Subscription - World of Warcraft

As the site's sales pitch says: "Get access to World of Warcraft and every expansion through Legion with your subscription-no additional purchase required". "Whether they're journeying to unexplored lands to recruit allies or fighting to secure war resources, players will redefine what it truly means to be "For the Horde" or "For the Alliance" when the expansion arrives this August".

It's a big offering by Blizzard as well, as it includes the base game and all of its recent expansions, including: The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, Mists of Pandaria, Warlords of Draenor, and Legion. Aside from buying the game itself, you had to pony up the cash for any expansions you wanted, plus a monthly fee.

Personally, it's a great thing moving ahead, as this may gradually change how Blizzard employs their expansion strategies.

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And if none of that makes any sense to you don't worry, because as the seventh expansion it's obviously aimed more at veteran players. With so much content included in the subscription, though, I'm sure many players will now wait to see if this latest expansion eventually gets added for free as part of the subscription rather than buying it next month. The one exception to that is future expansion packs including the forthcoming Battle for Azeroth.

"Azeroth paid a bad price to end the apocalyptic march of the Legion's crusade-but even as the world's wounds are tended, it is the shattered trust between the Alliance and Horde that may prove hardest to mend". Users were formerly required to purchase a Battle Chest for a flat, upfront fee in order to start the game, with this charge excluding ongoing monthly subscription prices.

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