The War Within Has a Launch Date: August 26th

the war within launch date

Along with a new trailer that was unveiled today at the Xbox Games Showcase, Blizzard has also announced the launch date for the upcoming 10th expansion for World of Warcraft. The War Within, the first chapter of The World Soul Saga, will arrive on Monday, August 26th.

The expansion just entered the Beta testing phase this week, which gives the developers about two and a half months to iron out the kinks. Anyone can get access to the Beta by pre-purchasing the Epic Edition of the game. This edition also gives 3 days of early access, which presumably would begin on Friday, August, 23rd.

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Help defend Azeroth from the shadows below when World of Warcraft: The War Within™ launches on August 26 at 3:00 p.m. PDT worldwide. Heed the call and take your place in the opening chapter of the Worldsoul Saga™, a thrilling trilogy that begins in the depths of Khaz Algar.

Rally together to battle against malevolent forces and lurking perils. Traverse through four expansive new zones, take on dangerous dungeons and raids, uncover the secrets within Delves alongside an NPC companion— either alone or with friends—, and unlock the Earthen, a new playable race, discover new Hero Talents, embrace the Warbands system, and more!


Pre-Purchase World of Warcraft: The War Within

Choose your edition.

EPIC EDITION

Includes everything in the Heroic Edition. Plus, you’ll have guaranteed Beta Access and Early Access (3 days) to The War Within. You’ll also receive 30 days of game time, Squally, the Storm Hatchling pet, Sandbox Storm Gryphon toy, and Deepdweller’s Earthen Hearthstone effect. Also includes an additional 250 Trader’s Tender (1000 in total) to use in the Trading Post††.

HEROIC EDITION

Includes everything in the Base Edition. Plus, you’ll receive the Algarian Stormrider mount with Dynamic Flying and access to special racecourses, and the Stormrider’s Attire Transmog set. The mount has four color variants, with a slew of additional customization options available. The Transmog set can be upgraded to the Thundering Stormrider’s Attire upon completing the special racecourses available with the Algarian Stormrider. Also includes an additional 250 Trader’s Tender (750 in total) to use in the Trading Post††.

BASE EDITION

Includes the World of Warcraft: The War Within pre-purchase, World of Warcraft: Dragonflight***, an Enhanced Level 70 Character Boost with upgraded gear, reputation progress, and more, to prepare you for your adventures in the depths of the world. Also includes 500 Trader’s Tender to use in the Trading Post ††

 
Base Edition

 

Heroic Edition
Epic Edition
World of Warcraft: The War Within available at launch**
X
X
X
World of Warcraft: Dragonflight***
X
X
X
Enhanced Level 70 Character Boost
X
X
X
Trader’s Tender
500
750
1000
Algarian Stormrider mount with dynamic flying, dozens of customization options, and access to special racecourses
 
X
X
Upgradable Stormrider’s Attire Transmog set
 
X
X
Beta Access to The War Within
 
 
X
3 Days Early Access to The War Within
 
 
X
30 Days of Game Time
 
 
X

 

Squally, the Storm Hatchling pet
 
 
X

 

Sandbox Storm Gryphon toy
 
 
X
Deepdweller’s Earthen Hearthstone effect 
 
 
X

Pre-Purchase today!

*Future expansions not included in WoW: The War Within purchase.
**Available on or before December 31, 2024.
***If you already have Dragonflight on your account, it will not be re-granted.
†Beta Access and Early Access dates subject to change.  Early Access duration is 3 days. Limited time only. Play time subject to possible outages and time zone differences. Certain endgame features, including Mythic dungeons and weekly quests, not available during Early Access. Click for more details.
††In-game items not available in WoW Classic games. Boost only usable on the WoW® game account on which it was purchased or redeemed.

  • Upgrading to the Heroic or Epic Edition will not re-grant in-game items previously unlocked on your account.
  • Requires World of Warcraft, Internet connection, and Battle.net® Account and desktop app.
  • Requires World of Warcraft Subscription or Game Time.

Purchase the Welcome to Azeroth Bundle

Spread the word and bring old friends and new to Azeroth where they can embark on an epic journey into Azeroth and enjoy all the latest content with the Welcome to Azeroth Bundle available through June 23*.

Purchasers get everything needed to start their adventure—including the critically acclaimed World of Warcraft: Dragonflight expansion.

  • 60 Days of Game Time
  • Dragonflight expansion
  • Level 60 Character Boost

Unlock endless expeditions across a magical landscape and multiple games. Explore the Dragon Isles and unearth ancient mysteries to prepare for The War Within. Create a Timerunner character and earn mighty loot in World of Warcraft Remix: Mists of Pandaria®. Witness Deathwing’s destruction and rise against impossible odds in Cataclysm Classic™. Take on new challenges from old foes within WoW® Classic: Season of Discovery and Hardcore realms.

Coming back from a break or needing some information on getting started in World of Warcraft? Enjoy some tips and advice in a quick video guide from Taliesin and Evitel!

Buy Now

1Offer valid through June 23, 2024. Limit one per World of Warcraft account. Level 60 Character Boost not usable on World of Warcraft Classic characters. Limit one per World of Warcraft  account


Join The War Within Beta Test

The beta test for The War Within is now live! Over the course of the test, we’ll be inviting community veterans, press, fansites, friends, and family to check out the upcoming expansion and give us feedback. Players who purchase or who upgrade to the Epic Edition of The War Within will also gain immediate access to the beta and gain a minimum three-day early access to the expansion.  Learn more in our previously published article.


About the War Within

Journey through never-before-seen subterranean worlds filled with wonders and lurking perils, down to the dark depths of the nerubian empire, where the malicious Harbinger of the Void, Xal’atath, is gathering arachnid forces to bring Azeroth to its knees.


Khaz Algar- Designated Sector AR-934

Beneath the surface of Azeroth, an expansive world exists, fraught with danger and waiting to be explored.

THE ZONES OF KHAZ ALGAR- DESIGNATED SECTOR AR-934

Beneath the surface of Azeroth, an expansive world exists, fraught with danger and waiting to be explored.

...

THE ISLE OF DORN

Discover the land of Khaz Algar, off the western shores of Pandaria and home to the Earthen. Their capital city, Dornogal, will become the new meeting ground for the Horde and Alliance.

...

THE RINGING DEEP

This gigantic cavern serves as the home of the Machine Speakers, Earthen who maintain the gigantic Titan machines of old.

...

HALLOWFALL

Lit by a massive crystal at its center, this bright underground zone is home to the Arathi who are engaged in a continuing battle against the nerubians.

...

AZJ-KAHET

The pinnacle of nerubian society where Xal’atath, Harbinger of the Void, has been gathering and mutating nerubian forces to create an unstoppable army.

For players who are concerned about entering into a space filled with spiders, there will be an arachnophobia filter that can be turned on which will convert spider creatures into crabs.


Meet the Earthen

We’ve met Titan-forged Earthen before in Ulduar and other places, but this society of Earthen has been isolated within Khaz Algar for a long while and have developed their own manners and customs.

It is up to the heroes of Azeroth to aid the Earthen and find a way to unite them once more and replenish their numbers.

EARTHEN AS A NEW ALLIED RACE


Dungeons

There will be 4 level-up dungeons and 4 maximum-level dungeons that are available in each of the four new zones.

Level-Up Dungeons
Maximum Level Dungeons
The Rookery
Cinderbrew Meadery
The Stonevault
Darkflame Cleft
Priory of the Sacred Flame
The Dawnbreaker
City of Threads
Old City

If you don’t want to use the Dungeon Finder to take part in dungeons with other players, you can continue the campaign story with Follower Dungeons which will be available to play through in all level-up dungeons.


Nerub’ar Palace Raid Dungeon

The Nerub’ar Palace raid dungeon will offer eight boss encounters. Located in Azj-Kahet, it will result in the culmination of the story we see play out involving the machinations of the nerubian empire and Queen Ansurek’s collaboration with Xal’atath. Players can also expect new tier rewards for their valiant efforts.


New Features

  • Delves: Deep beneath the surface lies treasure vaults waiting to be discovered. Explore these world instances solo or with up to four friends, along with an NPC companion, to defeat bosses and gain epic end-Learn more about Delves in our overview article.
  • Warbands: Expand the potential of your alternate characters with account-wide progression across your family of characters on your Battle.net® account. Share your Warband Bank access, War Within Renown, achievements, collections, and more. Visit our latest article to learn more about Warbands.
  • Hero Talents: Rise to new heights of power with new Hero Talent trees. Each class specialization has access to two choices of self-contained Hero Talent trees inspired by iconic Warcraft® universe archetypesRevisit our previous Hero Talent previews to get a glimpse at what is in development.
  • New Battleground: Deephaul Ravine
  • Professions: New Recipes and Enchantments, updated NPC Work Orders
  • UI Updates: Improved quest icons to make types of quests clearer.
  • Skyriding (previously Dragonriding): Take to the skies on one of your favorite flying mounts with all new flight mechanics. Learn more in our Skyriding overview article.

We look forward to having you join us in the many new adventures in Khaz Algar.

About the Author

Luxrah

I've been playing World of Warcraft on and off since vanilla, usually as a healer or caster and often as a guild leader. I play both retail and classic. I also love RPGs, sandboxes, and sims.

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