World of Warcraft Warlords of Draenor Expansion Now Free With Base Game

All World of Warcraft expansions are now free as part of the base game, except for the upcoming Legion.

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World of Warcraft's first five expansions are now all included with the base game. The latest expansion, Warlords of Draenor, recently disappeared from the Battle.net store and a Blizzard customer support representative confirmed on Reddit that it's because the expansion is now free.

Warlords of Draenor saw a price change to $10 in April. Paying for the expansion got you a character boost to level 90. It's not completely clear if the boost is now included with the base game, as we're hearing conflicting reports. However, World of Warcraft's shop page on Battle.net does not mention the character boost. We've contacted Blizzard for clarification and will update this article as we learn more.

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Warlords of Draenor released in 2014 and introduced higher quality visuals and animations. It also allowed players to construct bases that could house armories, workshops, and more. It received a score of 8 in GameSpot's review, which said, "Warlords of Draenor has revitalized World of Warcraft with a huge amount of new content and refinement of the basic gameplay. Unlike the debacle of the New Game Enhancement of Star Wars Galaxies, Blizzard has not taken away anything with the stat changes, but instead finally fixed the “stat inflation” that had built with each expansion."

The Draenor expansion becoming free is in part to get ready for World of Warcraft's next expansion, Legion. It releases August 30 and introduces the Demon Hunter class, raises the level cap to 110, and features new dungeons and raids. It also includes a character boost to level 100.

World of Warcraft costs $20 and comes with a month's subscription. After that, a month costs $15 but can be discounted if multiple months are bought at once.

If you want to get caught up, you can check out GameSpot's gallery titled, "A History of World of Warcraft So Far." It details everything that's happened from the base game's launch in 2004 leading up to the release of Legion.

There's also a Warcraft movie coming to theaters on June 10. It stars Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Toby Kebbell, and Robert Kazinsky. You can watch trailers that focus on some of the movie's characters through the links below.

Additionally, you can check out more of GameSpot's Warcraft-themed coverage at the following links.

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