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Blizzard details World of Warcraft: Legion expansion as pre-sales begin

Blizzard announced the launch dates and details for the next “World of Warcraft” expansion, offering fans a look at the new content that will become available in 2016. At this week’s BlizzCon 2015, Blizzard Entertainment announced that World of Warcraft: Legion, the sixth expansion for the popular online MMO, is now available for pre-order.

The company confirmed that players who pre-purchase World of Warcraft: Legion digitally can immediately boost one character of their choosing to level 100. In addition, those who pre-purchase will get early access to the brand-new hero class coming with Legion, the Demon Hunter, prior to the expansion’s release.

Shortly after the BlizzCon opening ceremony, Blizzard greeted fans with the intro cinematic for the expansion, setting the stage for the demonic Burning Legion’s return. As the Horde and the Alliance battle against hopeless odds, heroes of both factions must seek salvation among the Broken Isles—ancient center of a doomed night elf civilization. There, they’ll take up mighty Artifact weapons and make a forbidden pact with the dread Demon Hunters of the Illidari—a final, desperate bid to save their world from falling under the Great Burning Shadow.

“World of Warcraft: Legion is one of the most intense chapters in the Warcraft saga yet, filled with features and content that will push new and veteran heroes to their limits,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment. “Whether players want to boost a new character or get a head start on mastering a Demon Hunter, they’ll be primed and ready to battle the Burning Legion when the expansion launches next summer.”

World of Warcraft: Legion will be available in a Standard Edition in both physical and digital versions. Players also have the option to upgrade their pre-purchase to the Digital Deluxe Edition (SRP $69.99), which contains the Illidari Felstalker Mount and Nibbles Pet—Stalk, a Heroes of the Storm Felstalker Mount, StarCraft II Fel Protoss Portraits and a Diablo III Wings of the Betrayer.

Players who pre-purchase either the digital Standard Edition or Digital Deluxe Edition of Legion through wowlegion.com will be able to immediately boost one character to level 100, allowing them to experience the latest World of Warcraft content alongside their friends.

Players who wish to prepare multiple characters for battle against the Burning Legion also now have the option to purchase additional level-100 character boosts directly through the game at $60 each.

Pre-purchasing Legion will also grant early access to the Demon Hunter prior to the expansion’s release. This dexterous and deadly new hero class turns the twisted power of the Burning Legion against them; drawing on fel forces to fuel their attacks, Demon Hunters pursue their prey with uncanny agility, unleash pent-up fury in the form of devastating attacks, and metamorphose into terrifying demonic forms.

As a hero class, Demon Hunters begin their journey at a higher level than other World of Warcraft classes. During the pre-launch early-access period, players will be able to complete the Demon Hunter’s unique starting experience and achieve level 100—leaving them fully prepared to join their allies on the Broken Isles the moment the expansion launches. Further details on the Demon Hunter upcoming early-access period, including the timing and duration, will be announced at a later date.

World of Warcraft: Legion will also be available in a retail-only Collector’s Edition (SRP $89.99), which includes the digital bonuses from the Digital Deluxe Edition along with a full-color hardcover art book, a behind-the-scenes two-disc Blu-ray/DVD set, a CD soundtrack, and a Legion mouse pad. Supplies are limited; players should check with their local retailer for pre-order details and availability.

As for World of Warcraft: Legion itslef, the expansion is ,”filled with features and content that will transform Azeroth’s heroes into Legion-slaying avatars of vengeance,” according to Blizzard’s announcements. Key aspects include the New Hero Class, new Artifact Weapons, a New Continent to explore and the ability to Boost to Level 100. The new expansion will also introduce the Order Hall and a new PvP Honor System.

For more information about World of Warcraft: Legion or to sign up for the upcoming beta test, visit wowlegion.com.

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