Most gamers will have at least heard of World of Warcraft, having been part of the modern landscape of the industry for so long.
WoW Shadowlands – the game’s next major expansion – arrives later this month and gamers who have yet to dip their toe in the water have a perfect chance to do so this weekend.
As part of the build-up to the game’s next big event, Blizzard is making it possible to jump in for a limited time.
This means you can play all the current expansions until November 9; however, it should be noted that the WoW Shadowlands pre-event is kicking off later in the week, so you won’t get to play that.
You can also check out all the WoW Shaodowlands pre-patch changes made by Blizzard over the previous weeks.
This includes the new starting experience, as well as the other cosmetic changes made to the game and characters.
A message from the WoW development team explains: “Shadowlands is nearly here, and you and your allies are needed back on the front lines. This weekend, we’re giving all players with inactive World of Warcraft accounts full access to the game and all of your characters without a subscription.
“You’ll be able to access all expansions including Battle for Azeroth, so you can play the most recent content and be ready for Shadowlands when it launches on November 23, 2020 at 3 p.m. PST. Rejoin your guild, rally your comrades, and prepare to brave the beyond.
“If you’re new to World of Warcraft or you’ve been away for a while, you can play through the new starting experience starting at level 1 to learn the ropes.
“Players who have already experienced Battle for Azeroth and reached level 50 on at least one character can choose to level any subsequent characters in a different expansion using Timewalking Campaigns.
“This new feature makes it so content from locations like Northrend or Pandaria scales to a player’s level, so they can adventure from level 10 all the way to 50 and experience the stories in these areas at their originally intended pacing.
“Visit Chromie near the embassies in Stormwind or Orgrimmar to select your expansion leveling experience.
“If you’d like to select a different expansion to level through, simply speak to Chromie again.”
Meanwhile, the WoW Shadowlands pre-patch event is scheduled to kick off on November 10.
This includes the return of zombies and a new quest which involves visiting Icecrown and finding out what’s going on.
This will lead to a big Scourge invasion, an event that will no doubt keep fans busy until WoW Shadowlands launches on November 23.
Blizzard has confirmed that the new WoW Shadowlands release date has been set for November 23, 2020, in the United States.
Some gamers were predicting the big rollout out the very next day, as Tuesdays are the usual time for updates and patches.
But World of Warcraft fans will no doubt be ecstatic to find out they are having to wait a day less and won’t be finding themselves holding on following another delay.
While Blizzard has confirmed that WoW Shadowlands will be rolling out on November 23 in the United States, the new expansion will be going live in Europe on November 24.
This is due to the current time difference, with the official launch time for WoW Shadowlands set for 3pm PDT in the US, and midnight in Central Europe.