The Horde and the Alliance are finally facing off and World of Warcraft players are here. for. it.
Battle for Azeroth, the eagerly awaited seventh expansion, is bringing WoW players back to their roots in a faction vs. faction face-off. This launch signals the start of a new era of all-out warfare between the Alliance and the Horde.
Defenders of the Alliance are called to the kingdom of Kul Tiras, ancestral home of Jaina Proudmoore, to enlist the aid of their legendary navy, while champions of the Horde must seek allies in the distant empire of Zandalar, home of the ancient Zandalari trolls. As part of the campaign ahead, heroes will clash for critical resources in myriad Island Expeditions; draw upon the strength of Azerite, lifeblood of the planet, to unlock new powers using the Heart of Azeroth artifact; prepare for a massive confrontation on the Warfront of Stromgarde; recruit new Allied Races to bolster their faction’s cause; and more.
“Battle for Azeroth builds upon nearly 25 years of faction rivalry, history, and pride to challenge World of Warcraft players with the question of what it truly means to be a member of the Alliance or the Horde. This expansion is loaded with new content and features that draw upon that core conflict, but today’s launch is just the beginning—we’re excited for players to experience everything we have planned as the Battle for Azeroth unfolds.” – Mike Morhaime, CEO and Co-Founder, Blizzard Entertainment
The game launched globally and skyrocketed in popularity on Twitch, beating out Fortnite as the most-popular game on the site. Although the game launched on August 13, 2018, at 6 pm ET in the US (with international servers brought online at the same time), most players encountered delays for hours due to a massive server overload and authentication issues. Despite the login issues, fans have been feeling nothing but hype (with one player already hitting the level cap on Twitch).
— Siilverbolt (Snuggleguts) (@WorgenBMHunter) August 13, 2018
Only slept about 5 hours because I keep waking up every 20 minutes in excitement for #BattleForAzeroth launch.
Time to down coffee and go for first 120 on my server, lets do this.
— Shane Flaherty (@Rawkus) August 13, 2018
— Tony Gray (@Zikzlol) August 13, 2018
— Hajinsun (@HajinsunTV) August 13, 2018
Happy expansion launch day! Sleep and the Alliance are both my enemies for the next 2 days. #BattleforAzeroth
— RIVAL(WAR MODE ACTIVATED) (@RivalDiaz) August 13, 2018
World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is available in physical and digital standard editions for $49.99. A Digital Deluxe Edition is available for $69.99 and the retail-exclusive Collector’s Edition is available for $99.99.
Each edition of Battle for Azeroth includes a level-110 character boost so players can immediately head to the front lines and fight for their faction’s cause. In addition, new players interested in joining the fray for the first time with this expansion can do so by purchasing Battle for Azeroth and subscribing to World of Warcraft, to unlock full access to the original game and all previous expansions.
Check out the cinematic trailer for Battle of Azeroth below.
Have you tried Battle for Azeroth yet? Are you a WoW player? Let us know in the comments!
More Than 40 NES Games Now Available to Play on Nintendo Switch Online
On May 15, classic NES games Donkey Kong Jr., Clu Clu Land and VS. Excitebike are coming to the NES Nintendo Switch Online collection, bringing its total number of games to more than 40.
- Donkey Kong Jr. – Based on the popular arcade game, Donkey Kong Jr. is the sequel to the immensely successful Donkey Konggame. Play as Donkey Kong’s son, and rescue your dad who has been kidnapped and imprisoned in a cage by Mario. Use jumping and climbing abilities to clamber up vines and chains, gather vital fruit and keys, and open the cage to free your father. Make sure you avoid the pesky birds, nasty electric sparks and creepy chompers. Four different worlds filled with numerous climbing and jumping puzzles await you in this timeless classic.
- VS. Excitebike – Fans love the Excitebike game for its frenetic races, high stakes and sweet jumps. With this game, you can take it to the next level with the Famicom disk version of VS. Excitebike – complete with two-player split screen. Create tracks from 20 classic Excitebike track parts, and go for a best time or take on friends. Racing is even more exciting when the rivalries are real. You can also try out the single-player mode in VS. Excitebike. It adds tracks, music and the ability to save your high score.
- Clu Clu Land – The greedy Sea Urchins have stolen all of Clu Clu Land’s gold bars and buried them in a series of mazes. As Bubbles, a brave bubble fish, you’ll set out to uncover all of the gold bars in each maze. With 20 stages to complete and increasingly complex conditions (like having to pass over the gold bars twice to uncover them), you might just want to bring along a friend for help.
These three games join classics like Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda and many others, all of which have been enhanced with online features.
EA Access Now Avaliable on PS4
Electronic Arts announced that it is bringing EA Access to the PlayStation4 system. Starting this July, players can sign-up for a monthly subscription, or an annual subscription through PlayStation Store. With the addition of the PlayStation 4 console to the already existing membership services on Xbox One and PC via Origin, EA now offers its subscription services on more platforms than any other publisher.
“As we continue to invest in digital and subscription services, bringing great games to even more players across more platforms is an exciting opportunity for everyone,” said Matt Bilbey, Executive VP of Strategic Growth. “Our goal is to give players more choice to try and play our games wherever and however they choose, and we’re happy to bring EA Access to PlayStation 4.”
Membership in EA Access lets players experience Play First Trials, where they can play up to 10 hours of most new EA games. Subscribers also enjoy a 10% discount on full game purchases, expansions, in-game items and more. Additionally, players can jump into a growing library of EA games, including the best of EA with franchises like Battlefield, EA SPORTS FIFA, Star Wars Battlefront and more.