WoW Classic revisits the Burning Crusade expansion this year
Blizzard have officially announced that World of Warcraft Classic will expand with Burning Crusade Classic later this year, continuing the re-running of the original World of Warcraft experience through the first major expansion to the iconic MMORPG. Burning Crusade will be available at no extra cost to WoW Classic subscribers.
Burning Crusade originally launched in 2007, kicking off a new chapter to the Warcraft saga with the shattered realm of Outland which the Burning Legion, a vast army of demons that have been some of the recurring antagonists through the series, added to the game world. Players were also given two new races to play as: the Blood Elves on the Horde side and the Draenei to the Alliance.
Burning Legion also introduced a new PvP Arena for 2v2, 3v3 or 5v5 battles, while you could take to the skies on the backs of flying mounts, and there were a series of new dungeons and raids to tackle once you reached the new max level cap of 70. You’ll now have the option to take on the Jewelcrafting profession, choose between the Aldor or Scryer factions in Shattrath and earn their unique rewards, create a Horde Paladin or Alliance Shaman, and more.
Similar to the phased roll out of content seen after WoW Classic’s original release, Burning Crusade Classic will also mimic the growth of the game following the expansion’ original 2007 release.
However, Blizzard are seemingly aware that it was, in part, the release of Burning Crusade and the various changes it made to the game’s content that fed the original desire for WoW Classic in the first place. As such, engaging with Burning Crusade will be optional for WoW Classic players. Before entering the Dark Portal, players will be given the choice for each of their WoW Classic characters, either to progress to the Burning Crusade era or to migrate their characters to new “Classic Era” servers that will roll out alongside the expansion.
If you want the best of both worlds, there will be an additional paid service to let you clone your characters to be able to adventure on both services. More details on this and the various options for characters will be coming later down the line.
J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment said, “The World of Warcraft community made it clear that they wanted WoW Classic, and now they’re eager to continue their journey into The Burning Crusade. Since the launch of WoW Classic and as we rolled out content updates, we’ve learned a lot about what players want from an experience like this in 2021. We’re building on that to ensure players’ new adventures in Outland are as epic as ever, whether they’re taking a return trip through the Dark Portal or joining us for the very first time.”
World of Warcraft Classic: Burning Crusade will be coming later in 2021.