The World of Warcraft subscription now includes access to previously released content

Battle For Azeroth – still only available separately

In the world of MMOs, most have moved beyond the subscription model to free to play with micro-transactions, as few are big enough to sustain a player base and the exorbitant cost of running such large-scale games with monthly fees.

But that's apparently a thing of the past. Players have always had to pay the subscription fee along with the price of the expansion in order to delve into the new content each time.

In the past, if you wanted to jump into World of Warcraft, you had to but the Battle Chest, which contained the base game and numerous previously released expansions as a flat, upfront fee, along with needing to fork out for the monthly sub. In addition, and if you wish to take part in the Battle for Azeroth content, you will need to purchase the expansion.

In anticipation of the arrival of World of Warcraft's upcoming expansion, Battle for Azeroth, Blizzard has made all previous expansions free.

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Since its release in November, 2004, World of Warcraft has had six expansions with the seventh one coming next month. That's all changed today, as Blizzard has announced that every single player now has access to the base game and the majority of expansions so long as they remain subscribed.

The Battle for Azeroth expansion will be available August 14th. 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.

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