Past World of Warcraft Expansions are Now Free for Subscribers

Yolanda Curtis
July 19, 2018

Now that the pre-patch for World of Warcraft's Battle for Azeroth is now live as we await the full expansion's release, Blizzard is offering up an even more enticing incentive for new players to join up and choose their side.

"In Battle for Azeroth, the stakes for the Alliance and the Horde are incredibly high, and a player's faction will have a more meaningful impact on their experience than in any World of Warcraft expansion to date", said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. Instead, simply subscribing allows access to all now available content.

What it won't get you though is access to Battle For Azeroth, the seventh expansion which is due out next month and which will set you back an additional £39.99.


Once upon a time it was a royal pain in the ass to group up with friends in World of Warcraft, especially friends who you just met and had already started playing.

This is a big change for the long-running MMORPG, which raked in millions of dollars requiring players to buy copies of the game, purchase subscriptions, then individual expansion packs, long before implementing in-app purchases. "In addition, all existing World of Warcraft subscribers have automatically been upgraded to Legion at no additional cost".

Battle For Azeroth is out on August 14 and includes two new continents, called Zandalar and Kul Tiras. If you want access to that - which launches next month - you'll have to cough up a little extra coin.


This will likely change whenever the next expansion is nearing release.

By removing the need to buy the game, Blizzard both lowers the barrier to entry and clears up any potential confusion. You can also level up to 110 without interruption - though those wanting to reach the planned new level cap of 120 will need to buy the next expansion when it arrives.


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