In 2007, Blizzard released Burning Crusade, the first expansion for its popular MMORPG World of Warcraft, which brought a bevy of important changes to the then-fledgling world of Azeroth. Now, players can take a trip back in time to see how it all looked back then, with Burning Crusade Classic.
According to Engadget, Burning Crusade Classic will bring the original quest content and first wave of endgame gear to World of Warcraft Classic later this year.
The storyline will take players to Outland, a new planet where they’ll meet two new races. Alliance players can recruit the Draenei, while the Horde gets Blood Elves. Those returning to Burning Crusade can level to 70 and pick up their own flying mount. There’s also classic raid content in areas like Gruul’s Lair, Magtheridon’s Lair, and Karazhan at launch. Additional raids like Blacktemple and Zul-Aman are coming with later patches.
But World of Warcraft Classic devotees won’t have to jump to the new content immediately. Blizzard made it clear that players can choose to either advance to the new content, which will make changes to the world, or remain in a Classic Era server indefinitely. There’s also a way to clone characters for a fee to keep one in the Classic server and one in Outlands.
Both World of Warcraft Classic and Burning Crusade Classic will remain part of the standard World of Warcraft subscription. That means players who already pay to access the game can enjoy Burning Crusade at no extra charge.