Enlarge / That’s fairly the game-announcement leak there, Blizzard.

Ahead of this weekend’s BlizzCon game-announcement frenzy, two of Blizzard’s secrets and techniques have sneaked out within the type of a leak. Both revolve round World of Warcraft: one for the most recent Shadowlands enlargement, and one other for the World of Warcraft Classic server choice.
In the latter case, 2007’s massively standard WoW enlargement pack, The Burning Crusade, will likely be bolted onto the WoW Classic choice contained in the Blizzard Launcher beginning someday in “2021.” The information comes from an obvious leak of official BlizzCon press launch supplies, all formatted with official pictures and descriptions of what is to return, as discovered on Blizzard’s official servers by customers at Reddit’s WoW neighborhood.
As with 2019’s official WoW vanilla launch, The Burning Crusade will return with none new or particular options on high of what initially got here with the sport. You might recall that this enlargement pack included a trickle of content material drops whereas Blizzard maintained it earlier than promoting Wrath of the Lich King in 2008. Meanwhile, Blizzard’s leaked doc claims that the unique model’s replace cadence will return: “Content from the unique sport will roll out in phases, at a cadence paced for the WoW Classic neighborhood. Prepare for the opening of the Black Temple, gear as much as confront the gods of Zul’Aman, and collect your allies to face the fury of the Sunwell.”
Enlarge / Delectable new Burning Crusade artwork, additionally a part of immediately’s pre-BlizzCon leak.BlizzardFor the reason that doc would not point out any quality-of-life (QoL) modifications, you may seemingly should make your peace with the enlargement’s unique quirks, albeit boosted by improved steadiness between the Horde and Alliance due to the Blood Elf and Draenei races newly showing on this enlargement. If that is precisely the place you need your WoW recollections to dwell on by way of an official Blizzard server, then you definitely’ll be in heaven—particularly since this can be a free replace for anybody who already pays for a WoW subscription. Meanwhile, in the event you actually need to hold issues vanilla, you may have the choice to carry your WoW Classic characters again to stay in a world that does not know the kiss of the Outland. (If you need assistance making that call, maybe flip by means of Ars’ 2007 evaluation of TBC.) Advertisement

Offering each choices on official WoW servers is a superb indicator of Blizzard’s dedication to the attraction of reliving the previous WoW days, although we have now to think about the nostalgia for WoW Classic gamers might run out with this enlargement. Our stories on followers bringing older WoW variations again to life on personal servers, which Blizzard fought again on, definitely by no means broached the Lich King or Cataclysm eras.
The different leak within the wild, for Shadowlands’ upcoming “Chains of Domination” replace, additionally got here within the type of a leaked Blizzard press launch, which WoWHead breaks down with loads of pictures and descriptions of what is to return. Fans enjoying the most recent enlargement can anticipate not less than one new raid and mega-dungeon, together with extra of the same old expansion-patch trimmings, in some unspecified time in the future. This leak did not embrace a launch date, however we’re undecided if meaning we must always anticipate a stealth drop when the replace is introduced tomorrow.