Since the announcement of World of Warcraft: Classic, fans and gamers have wondered what the next step would be for the title. Given that the title was supposed to recreate the vanilla WoW experience, only a limited amount of content could be deleted.
The final content fell not long ago with the final raid stage, and players hit a wall with no next step. The vanilla content has taken its course, and players have been heavily theorizing about what that next step would be.
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Much of the theories went in the direction of an announcement for World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade, a classic remake of the first expansion of the MMORPG with the same title. This expansion brought us flying mounts, a new continent / planet, new races and bridged cross-faction gaps.
Earlier this week at Blizzconline, Snowstorm made the announcement many have been waiting for. It’s officially confirmed that the next step in World of Warcraft: Classic will be the release of World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade.
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The release of the “new” expansion is pretty exciting, although there is no release date yet. Blizzard seems confident that they can bring the new expansion out before the end of 2021, but they didn’t give a time or date when players should expect otherwise.
Another feature that many have been concerned about is what happens to your characters when the new expansion falls off. Many may decide that they want to keep their characters in the original Classic client with no interaction between them and the new expansion.
Blizzard thought of this as the result of a series of community polls and contacts to find out what players would prefer as the next step. The solution they found is pretty ideal – just have both!
Players have the option to keep their character in the Classic client instead of upgrading to the Burning Crusade expansion upon release. Alternatively, they can continue just as they did when they were originally published, unlocking the new cap and content in the process.
Players also have the option to do both, using a paid service to create a clone of their character exactly as they exist in their current form, in order to move on to the new expansion. This allows players to have their character both in the original Classic client and in the new expansion.
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There was still no word on what the exact price would be or if there was any consequence of creating a clone and then moving the original on anyway. Either way, with the next step of World of Warcraft: Classic decided, fans are excited to see what’s next!