When does WoW: Wrath of the Lich King Classic release?

It'll be here faster than you might expect.

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On April 19, Blizzard Entertainment unveiled plans to continue with its World of Warcraft Classic era content by moving into Wrath of the Lich King once Burning Crusade Classic reached its conclusion. 

With TBC Classic content all out and available, the developer recently announced availability for the upcoming hero class Death Knight. The new class is playable by all races and starts at level 55. Making it available just prior to the new expansion release is the first step in preparing players for the challenges they will face in Northrend.

Because players start at level 55 and can only make one DK per server, Blizzard is trying to give players a bit of time to get their characters up to level 70 before WoLK Classic begins.

When will Wrath of the Lich King Classic release?

WoW Wrath of the Lich King Classic will launch on Sept. 26 at 5pm CT. The release will be at the same time globally across all regions. At that time, players will be able to begin their journey through Northrend and take on all of the quests, dungeons, and initial raids it has to offer.

For some players this announcement by Blizzard wasn’t exactly news though. A picture was accidentally uploaded onto the official WotLK Classic site on July 21, which said the expansion will go live on Sept. 26, 2022. It was deleted several hours later. Although this isn’t a confirmation of a release date, it gives players a good indication of when the game may come out.

TBC originally launched in January 2007 and WotLK came out in November 2008, close to two years later. For comparison, TBC Classic was released in June 2021. This means no matter when WotLK Classic comes out this year, it will be at a faster pace than when it was originally released.

This abbreviated timeline for Classic era content isn’t particularly surprising. As Blizzard has realized since it started its legacy server efforts, modern-era players are rolling through the game’s content at a significantly faster speed than they did when it was released due to the wide breadth of information available to players nowadays.