World of Warcraft Burning Crusade Classic’s June release date is finally upon us.
Just a few months after it was announced at BlizzCon, Overwatch developer Blizzard is ready to unleash the popular WoW expansion.
Depending on where you live, World of Warcraft Burning Crusade Classic has a June 1 release date for fans of the PC role-playing game.
Unfortunately for UK fans, the 11pm BST launch time means the game won’t actually be playable until the evening of June 1.
The servers will go online for US fans at 3pm PDT, while European players will have to wait until midnight on June 2.
The Warcraft DLC is likely to launch alongside an update, although the big pre-expansion patch has already been released.
As part of the pre-expansion patch, World of Warcraft Classic players were given a choice whether to advance to Burning Crusade, move to a Classic Era realm, or use the Character Clone service to play in both games.
Blizzard explains more: “A clone is a snapshot copy of your WoW Classic character taken right before the Burning Crusade Classic pre-patch.
“WoW Classic characters that existed before the Burning Crusade Classic pre-patch will each be automatically cloned onto their respective Classic Era realm. You don’t have to do anything.
“The Character Clone service gives you a choice: you can —for free— activate your Progression realm clone and play the Burning Crusade Classic expansion, or you can —for free— activate your Classic Era clone and continue playing WoW Classic. You can pay a fee to activate both.”
To activate a clone, the Battle.net app will give users the option to launch the Burning Crusade game client, or the WoW Classic game client.
Players will be asked whether they want to activate their Burning Crusade Classic Progression clone or Classic Era clone during the first login attempt on either client.
It’s worth proceeding with caution, however, because either your Classic or Progression clone will be deactivated and become unplayable based on what you choose.
If you want to be able to play with both clones, then you’ll have to pay an additional fee to reactivate the lost one.
Originally launched back in 2007, The Burning Crusade is the first of eight World of Wacraft expansions on PC.
It famously raised the game’s level cap, while also introducing two new playable races to WoW.
A Classic version has been on the cards since early 2020, when Blizzard asked fans if they’d be interested in revisiting the content.
The plot revolves around the opening of the Dark Portal to Outland, where the Burning Legion rule.
“You’ve taken Azeroth by storm. Now a dark frontier awaits you beyond the Dark Portal. Return to a lost era of Azeroth and enjoy the timeless stories that defined this world at war,” reads the official description.