April 25, 2018

Battle for Azeroth releases this summer

01 February 2018, 12:36 | Yvette Williams

The Horde and the Alliance face off in Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth

The Horde and the Alliance face off in Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft Battle for Azerot

World of Warcraft's latest expansion, Battle for Azeroth, is due out come late 2018, and it has already stirred quite a buzz in the WoW community. But, while you've got a while to wait before you can jump into the game, preordering allows players to get early access to the first four races to be part of the new Allied Race system. Once you have completed a few Alliance quests and earned yourself the respect of an Allied Race, you will unlock the ability to use that race in character creation. Blizzard will release additional Allied Races down the line, but for now there's four up for grabs: Void Elf, Lightforged Draenei, Nightborne, and Highmountain Tauren.

If you pre-order the expansion, Blizzard is offering all sorts of goodies, most especially an instant level boost for any one Horde or Alliance character to level 110.

A standard copy of the game will set you back $49.99, whereas the Deluxe Edition comes in at $69.99 and includes a number of bonus items across multiple Blizzard titles. Both versions are now available in the store and the expansion is expected to launch around 21 September. Thankfully, these requirements are account-wide, helping Alliance players unlock the Horde races fairly easily and vice versa.

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth adds a variety of new content and raises the level cap to 120, while adding new Allied Races.

WoW: Alliance players will get the Seabraid Stallion mount, while Horde players can ride the Gilded Ravasaur.

Killer whales can imitate human speech and blow raspberries, says new study
The human words and phrases she attempted to copy included "ah ah", "hello", " bye bye", " Amy ", "one two" and " one two three ". Imitating vocal sounds in this way is a key component of language, and the ability to do so is rare in mammals besides humans.

Pre-orders for the game are already live, and the stampede to get them has caused trouble with Blizzard's purchasing servers across multiple games, as I discovered last night while playing Hearthstone.

In Hearthstone, there's a new card back.

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