Previously World of Warcraft players had to own the base game and also purchase external expansion packs, but now Blizzard does things differently.
World of Warcraft is often the first name that comes to mind when players think of MMO (massively multiplayer online) games. Originally released by Blizzard Entertainment in 2004, WoW has seen more than its fair share of players over the years, with some sources detailing World of Warcraft having over 4 million players daily, and even reaching 12 millions active subscribers in 2010 with the release of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. WoW‘s subscription format is especially attractive to new players, being a semi-free-to-play game at first with a significant amount of freedom, without the immediate need to fork over money to experience World of Warcraft’s gameplay.
However, WoW is not completely free, and players have to pay to access the more major parts of the game, including getting past level 20, by purchasing a World of Warcraft subscription. This monthly fee allows players to enjoy all of the locations and elements of the MMORPG were previously locked, including access to all of the World of Warcraft expansions that have already been released. With the newest expansion to World of Warcraft, Shadowlands, having added quite a bit of new gameplay and endgame content, some new or curious players may be wondering how much a World of Warcraft subscription costs.
Previously, World of Warcraft would require players to purchase the base game, around $40, and all the expansions would have to be purchased separately or in a bundle. However, as of 2018, Blizzard no longer requires players to purchase the base game or expansions separately, instead allowing full access based on subscriptions. World of Warcraft’s subscription cost may charge players monthly, but also offers the option of charging every month, every three months, or every six months, with each price decreasing as the time between WoW subscription payments increases.
How Much A World of Warcraft Subscription Costs (& What’s Included)
WoW has had a total of seven expansions, starting with Burning Crusade in 2007 and the latest being Battle for Azeroth in 2018. Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, Mists of Pandaria, Warlords of Draener, and Legion were all included in this subscription prior to the release of Battle for Azeroth, with World of Warcraft subscriptions costing $12.99 per month for a year’s worth, meaning around $156 per year for the full game and all currently released expansions.
For current players who want to experience everything World of Warcraft has to offer, they can simply do so by purchasing one of these subscription tiers. Players can choose either a one-month World of Warcraft subscription for $14.99/month, a three-month World of Warcraft subscription for $13.99/month, or a six-month World of Warcraft subscription for $12.99/month. This will give them access to all of World of Warcraft’s previous expansions, up to and including the recently released Shadowlands. Although it may sound expensive, getting into World of Warcraft is now technically easier (and cheaper) than ever.
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