WoW Classic: The Burning Crusade release date

GAMERS are eagerly awaiting the re-release of World of Warcraft's legendary The Burning Crusade expansion – but when is it out?

What is WoW Classic: The Burning Crusade?

World of Warcraft came out in November 2004, and has since become one of the world's most beloved video games. But the title has changed significantly in 16 years, so creator Blizzard re-released an early version of the game back in 2019. It's called WoW Classic, and faithfully recreates what it was like to play the game in around 2006.

Now WoW Classic is reaching the end of its storyline, so fans are now awaiting the re-release of The Burning Crusade expansion. Maybe fans need a lot of WoW Classic Gold to experience the new feeling of the game. The Burning Crusade came out in 2007 and added loads of new content to World of Warcraft.

World of Warcraft Classic: The Burning Crusade is set within the overarching game world of Azeroth, but there's an additional set of locations to explore. By using the Dark Portal (the Great Portal), you can head to Outland, which is one of two gateways between Azeroth and Draenor, or the barren wasteland of what once was the home of the Draenei. It's located in the Blasted Lands, in the southern Eastern Kingdoms.

As the Burning Legion drive the Draenei out, it's easy to set the destruction laid bare throughout the expansion. This makes for a dynamic, exciting area to explore, especially if you’ve only ever experienced the main WoW Classic narrative and raids.

The Burning Crusade introduced two new playable race. You get the Horde's Blood Elves, as well the Alliance's Draenei. They also expand the availability of the Paladin and Shaman classes. Previously, the Shaman was only available to Horde classes like Orcs, Trolls and Tauren. Likewise, the Paladin class was only available for Alliance Humans and Dwarves. It's unclear if it will totally replace WoW Classic, or launch as a spin-off version of the game that leaves Classic uninterrupted.

When is WoW Classic: TBC OUT?

The imminent launch of WoW Classic: The Burning Crusade is looking likelier by the day. Blizzard has already released Naxxramas in Classic – marking the final raid before TBC in the original game. That suggests we'll soon move over to The Burning Crusade, potentially even this year. It's possible that we might hear more about a WoW Classic expansion at BlizzCon 2021.

Though there hasn't been any official information from Blizzard about the expansion, there have been rumblings about a potential summer launch. World of Warcraft streamer "StaySafe" has indicated by way of "multiple sources" (via Wccftech) that The Burning Crusade could be released in some iteration by May 4. Of course, Blizzard hasn't confirmed or denied those rumors. As BlizzCon nears, we’ll likely either hear something about the date, or we’ll have to end up waiting a bit longer.

Can't wait to try out The Burning Crusade in World of Warcraft: Classic? We expect to hear more about the potential expansion in February, as BlizzConline takes place beginning February 19. It's free for anyone to attend and is taking place online only this year.