Leading up to the full release of World of Warcraft: Dragon Flight (opens in new tab), Blizzard thinks of all those millions of expired WoW accounts. You know the kind. That guy in the office who once had an obsession with hardcore robberies, but says he’s fine now, eyes darting from side to side. Come back, says Blizzard, the water is delicious.
This weekend, all players with inactive World of Warcraft accounts will get full access to the game and their old characters without the usual subscription. They will have access to all expansions, including Shadowlands, and will be able to play Tempest Unleashed pre-launch content for Dragonflight (launching November 28).
In addition, there is a discount on the various in-game character household options, a 30% discount on character transfers, and faction/race/name changes.
Perhaps the biggest draw is the chance to experience Dragonflight’s new launch zone, which our Fraser says is the best WoWs ever had: “after such a strong opening I just want to go back”. No danger of his account expiring. It’s also a chance to check out WoW’s massive UI overhaulalthough it takes a lot more to remove all my add-ons.
There’s also the new launch experience that comes with Dragonflight, although players can opt out of this, and of course full access to Chromie if you want to do some Timewalking. The Timewalking campaigns scale up to level 60 and include all things Shadowlands.
So far Dragonflight looks very good indeed, although the main lesson so far is that players really really like making crazy characters. If you’re a longtime WoW head and want to make your own game, the game is free from now until November 21, 2022 at 10am PST (6pm GMT).