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Alleria Windrunner close-up from the War Within reveal trailer
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WoW The War Within release window and speculation

A new chapter begins!

On Nov. 4, Blizzard Entertainment announced three new expansions that are part of The Worldsoul Saga: The War Within, Midnight, and The Last Titan. The first chapter is The War Within, and you’re probably wondering when it will release.

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The War Within, the first expansion in The Worldsoul Saga, will continue the legacy of Dragonflight, and promises to set the stage for a unified narrative that will continue over the next three expansions. 

WoW The War Within release date

Overview of the Azj-Kahet zone in WOW The War Within
Azj-Kahet will be one of new four zones in The War Within. Image via Blizzard Entertainment

The War Within will launch in 2024. On Dec. 19, the developers released a 2024 Roadmap for WoW. While it doesn’t point out the exact release date of the expansion, there’s a window in which we could expect it to launch.

In the roadmap, The War Within’s drop is scheduled for somewhere between summer and autumn. Usually, the expansions released in November, like the last two, Dragonflight and Shadowlands. But Battle for Azeroth was dropped in August, and maybe the case is similar for The War Within.

Additionally, WoW devs will be collecting feedback in spring and summer following The War Within’s alpha and beta tests, respectively. On top of that, the pre-patch is slated for Summer release, and it usually goes live around a month before the expansion premiers. So, I’d expect The War Within somewhere in August or September.

Core features in WoW The War Within

The War Within will give the player base plenty of new toys to play with—the Hero talent system, Delves as a new form of open-world content, four new zones and eight new dungeons, and Warbands, a system that will make reputation and transmogs account-wide.

This is all very early in development, and the details surrounding these new systems are still not fully revealed. You can expect to learn more as the expansion rolls out on the PTR during the alpha and beta testing stages. Until then, you still have Dragonflight to enjoy. 

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