World of Warcraft Classic has announced its first expansion, letting players relive the Burning Crusade in one of the most iconic expansions for the long-running MMO.
They made the announcement as part of the opening ceremony for this year’s BlizzConline, the totally-online edition of Blizzcon for 2021.
The return to World of Warcraft’s first expansion is slated for 2021, though no precise dates have been given. Those who choose to experience the expansion will be able to enjoy new flying mounts, as well as all the new content that Burning Crusade first brought when it was introduced to Vanilla WoW.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a trailer for Burning Crusade without featuring Illidan, the iconic Demon Hunter with his famous tagline about players not being prepared.
Blizzard says there will be a Beta soon for Burning Crusade, and players will choose if they want their characters to be able to go to Burning Crusade or stay in the truly vanilla WoW experience. It’s unknown if players who opt to stay behind can opt in at a later date or not.
On top of that, they hinted that it would not be a 1:1 re-release of Burning Crusade, with some possible quality of life changes coming to help bring the classic expansion into the modern era. They didn’t elaborate more though, teasing that they’d talk about the upcoming expansion more later in the event.
Burning Crusade is one of the most iconic expansions for World of Warcraft, next to Wrath of the Lich King. It had a spiritual successor in the much later expansion Legion, which also featured the same ending stinger of Illlidan returning.