When was World of Warcraft released and how many WoW expansions are there? Here’s an overview of everything you need to know.
As the World of Warcraft universe continues to expand, there are a slew of stories yet to be told and vistas that remain in the shadows.
Building on the age-old stories of Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise, WoW allows players to explore the plains of Azeroth in style and create their own PvP and PvE destinations.
As one of the oldest MMORPGs out there, you might be wondering when World of Warcraft was actually released, and the timeline for all of its numerous expansions. Here’s everything you need to know, from WoW’s first release date to the dates each new episode came out.
WoW release date
World of Warcraft released in 2004, sequel to Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. Since Guild Wars doesn’t arrive until 2005, this makes WoW one of the oldest MMORPGs out there.
All WoW Expansions: From Legion to Shadowlands
WoW has eight several expansions, the most recent being Shadowlands. As we close the book on this divisive chapter of the WoW story, Blizzard has announced that they’ll be unveiling the next WoW expansion (allegedly dubbed “Dragonflight”) on April 19.
For now, though, here are all the current expansions, listed chronologically by release date:
|The Burning Crusade||2007|
|Wrath of the Lich King||2008|
|Mist of Pandaria||2012|
|Warlords of Draenor||2014|
|Battle for Azeroth||2018|
What is WoW Classic? Release date & info
Released in 2019, WoW Classic effectively recreates the Azeroth of yesteryear. While it originally mimicked the WoW universe before one of the expansions, this changed to 2020 with the release of The Burning Crusade Classic.
By bringing the Twisted Nether back to life in style and reinventing some of the game’s most iconic dungeons and raids, players can plunge back into the action all over again and take out Illidan once again.
So that’s all you need to know about the release of World of Warcraft, as well as all the various expansions and DLCs it spawned.
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