World of Warcraft becomes anti-Guild Wars with subscription only play

Blizzard does away with World of Warcraft Battle Chest pricing

While not officially mentioned, this change to World of Warcraft's retail pricing model might also affect Blizzard's upcoming vanilla server option - WoW Classic. IF there's indeed more expansions coming after Battle for Azeroth, there just may be a slightly possibility where Blizzard would gift it to the subscribers for free.

In addition, In addition, Blizzard is automatically upgrading all existing World of Warcraft subscribers to Legion at no additional cost. Now the subscription simply includes the old content - everything up through Legion. Not only do the expansions add hundreds of hours worth of content to the game, but trying to buy them all is murder on the wallet. Blizzard has done away with the old Battle Chest, so access to base WoW and every expansion up to this point is now part of the $14.99 Dollars monthly subscription.

Previously, aging expansions would roll into the Battle Chest, bundled with the purchase of the main game before the £9.99/$14.99 subscription.

World of Warcraft now has one less barrier of entry
World of Warcraft is now subscription only - no purchase required

It is worth noting though, that the newest expansion will still need to be purchased separately, with The Battle for Azeroth sporting a $50 price tag ahead of its August 14 release date.

It certainly makes the game more accessible than ever and, along with Middle Earth: Shadow of War recently removing pay-to-play microtransactions, it is a step towards gaming becoming more accessible for everybody - which can only be a good thing.

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