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World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is coming out a little sooner than expected

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Allies on a ship
WoW: Battle for Azeroth - Anduin and co.

We expected a late 2018 release for World of Warcraft's seventh expansion, but it will release sooner than we thought. Blizzard has already begun slowly pouring the content from the new expansion into live servers, but there's a lot coming.

World of Warcraft's seventh expansion, Battle for Azeroth, will be launching sooner than anticipated. The release window was known to be somewhere in mid-September 2018, but today Blizzard announced the expansion's release is slated for 14 August 2018 instead. 

The live servers currently have a sliver of the content with allied races as opposed to what the expansion promises to have at launch, and surely will have in further updates. 

Blizzard EntertainmentAllies on a shipWoW: Battle for Azeroth - Anduin and co.

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth will be launching as a digital title, as well as having several physical versions. The first and most basic version is just the boxed copy of the game. As always, the company is putting out the game with two additional releases, the first of which is a Digital Deluxe edition which gives players little cosmetic items and bonuses such as mounts and pets for WoW, and other similar cosmetics for other Battle.net games.

Blizzard EntertainmentHorde heroesWoW: Battle for Azeroth - Sylvanas and co.

The final version will be a physical Collector's Edition, which will contain a hard-cover short novel which sets the story from both perspectives of the Alliance and the Horde. Along with the novel, the Collector's Edition will contain a copy of the game's original soundtrack for which the composer is as yet unknown following the departure of World of Warcraft's original composer from the company.

Blizzard EntertainmentAlliance CrestWoW: Battle for Azeroth - Alliance Crest

All the rewards from the Digital Deluxe edition will be in the Collector's edition, which include a mount for Heroes of the Storm, a Hearthstone Card Back, voice lines for Overwatch and mounts for WoW itself.

Blizzard EntertainmentHorde CrestWoW: Battle for Azeroth - Horde Crest

Battle for Azeroth was announced on BlizzCon 2017 with a cinematic video as per usual. This expansion will take a more old school feeling of Alliance vs Horde which was the case with the original Warcraft RTS's. Instead of fighting supernatural forces, players will be focusing on the conflict of the two factions.