World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Classic is getting “new start” servers to be released, allowing new players to step in without feeling left behind by players who already have max level on existing servers.
Blizzard announced the news via a post on the Burning Crusade Classic forums. These new servers come with the arrival of the Wrath of the Lich King pre-patch, and will allow players to start at level one, but with access to the new skills and talent trees introduced as part of Wrath of the Lich King. Fresh start servers were not an option for the game’s release of Burning Crusade Classic.
“In addition to complying with a request we’ve heard from players for a long time, we expect many new Classic players to join us for the first time in Wrath of the Lich King, and some of them may be concerned that they will feeling behind,” the Blizzard forum post reads. “A fresh start should give those players a chance to feel like they’re on a level playing field with everyone else.”
There will be some stipulations when it comes to creating a character on a new home server. Players will not be able to use a paid character boost for at least 90 days, and new starting servers will not be eligible to receive transfers from other servers during the same amount of time. Players interested in playing a Death Knight in Wrath of the Lich King Classic must reach level 55 for a character on the new home server before they can create a Death Knight character on that same server. That’s not a requirement for other existing Wrath of the Lich King servers, where players can create one Death Knight on each server without needing a level 55 character.
According to Blizzard, the Wrath of the Lich King pre-patch will last between two and six weeks, meaning new players rolling on new servers won’t have much time to level up before moving to the new continent. can venture from Noordeinde. When the pre-patch arrives, all existing Burning Crusade Classic servers will be automatically converted to Wrath of the Lich King Classic servers.
Blizzard hopes new launch servers will provide an opportunity for more balanced faction experiences, something the game has struggled with lately, both in WoW Classic and the game’s most recent Shadowlands expansion, with more players choosing Horde over Alliance. That has led to things like PvP battlefields of the same faction in Burning Crusade Classic and the cross-faction groups in modern WoW.
Wrath of the Lich King Classic does not currently have an exact release date, but will arrive sometime in 2022.
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