I have this rather predictable, yey annoying cycle I go through when a new WoW expansion is announced. So when Battle for Azeroth was announced last year, I:
- Fired up my old WoW account.
- Spent hours updating my client.
- Spent more hours relearning how to play because HOLY SHIT it's so different now.
- Played for a month
- Got bored.
- Still haven't cancelled my sub
It's like fucking clockwork.
And the seventh step in that cycle is now upon me - the new expansion now has a release date: World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is coming out on the 14th of August. So, step seven is realising I STILL haven't hit level cap, and going through another short-lived frenzy of questing through empty zones which I will almost certainly get bored of again before BfA comes out.
It's a cruel, cruel cycle, and I cannot break it for the life of me. Anyway, Mike Morhaime has some opinions.
“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. “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.”
The game will be available in retail-exclusive Collector's Edition for $144.94, with the following goodies:
- Horde & Alliance Double-Sided Mark of Allegiance: Declare your allegiance with this hefty two-sided emblem (stand included). Place it on your desk or shelf and proclaim your chosen faction to the world.
- Hardcover Double-Sided Book: Elegy & A Good War: This limited-edition hardback collects two new World of Warcraft novellas depicting the Burning of Teldrassil from the points of view of the Alliance and the Horde. Each story includes original artwork exclusive to this edition. Written by Christie Golden and Robert Brooks.
- Battle for Azeroth Digital Soundtrack: Each Collector’s Edition contains a key to download the stirring orchestral pieces from the expansion’s soundtrack—the perfect mood music for laying siege to your enemies.
And in a Standard Edition for $69.95, and a Digital Deluxe version for $94.95, which includes a mess of in-game bonuses for other Blizzards games. In the meantime, check out some new screens from the game.
And pray for me.