World of Warcraft Subscription Now Gives You Access to Base Game and Previous Expansions

World of Warcraft Subscription Now Gives You Access to Base Game and Previous Expansions

You don't need to purchase the base game anymore, just subscribe monthly.

A World of Warcraft subscription now nets you every expansion excluding the upcoming Battle for Azeroth as part of its standard $14.99 monthly subscription price. The Battle Chest, which previously included the base game and previous expansions, is no longer available.

This means that if you purchase a monthly $14.99 subscription you can play all the way through to the last expansion Legion. The move follows the lead-up to Battle for Azeroth including a pre-patch that's readying the world for the upcoming battle between the Alliance and the Horde.

Battle for Azeroth not included.

Previously, players needed the base World of Warcraft, but the change makes it so that anyone who subscribes to World of Warcraft's monthly payment plan can play through all the expansions. Battle for Azeroth will still need to be purchased for a one-time fee of $49.99.

Battle for Azeroth was announced at last year's Blizzcon and is set to revisit the historic feud between the Alliance and the Horde factions. New PvP and PvE modes will let Horde and Alliance players face off against one another, claiming new territory and protecting fortresses.

While Blizzard hasn't made these subscription changes explicit, the fact that the Battle Chest is no longer available, and Blizzard's own World of Warcraft page reflects these new changes to the subscription suggests that this is how the MMORPG will be run going forward. For more on Battle for Azeroth check out our complete World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth guide with news and updates. The Battle for Azeroth expansion comes out on August 14.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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