World of Warcraft fans are eagerly awaiting the announcement of the World of Warcraft Classic expansion The Burning Crusade’s release date, and they might not have to wait much longer.
Blizzard, possibly accidentally, ran an advertisement in the Battle.net launcher that let slip the release date for the WoW Classic version of The Burning Crusade. And if the slip-up is correct, it means that the expansion will drop in less than a month.
The ads have been taken down and Blizzard has not officially announced a release date for WoW Classic TBC. Still, the ads were screen-grabbed by WoW Classic players and quickly spread across social media.
This would be far from the first time that companies have unintentionally spoiled their own surprises. Video game publishers often spoil upcoming titles by running recruiting campaigns for games that haven’t been officially announced yet. Retailers including Amazon, the PlayStation Store, and Gamestop have all failed to keep things secret as they run similar ads for games and content that haven’t been officially revealed.
The original World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade expansion added a host of new content to the game. The centerpiece of the expansion is a story based around the Burning Legion, an army of demons who were at the center of WarCraft 3: Reign of Chaos. The demons return to Azeroth and cross paths with the Alliance and the Horde, forcing them to find new allies and reuniting them with old ones. This content is now returning for WoW Classic.
Burning Crusade returns.
— World of Warcraft (@Warcraft) February 19, 2021
Introduced through the stories are a number of new areas and races. Players will be able to travel into the Outlands and will be able to choose the Blood Elf and Draenei races for the Horde and Alliance, respectively.
While there was an abundance of new content included in WoW: The Burning Crusade, it’s unclear whether the WoW Classic: TBC release will feature all the same trappings, or possibly even more. Details are still fairly scant regarding WoW Classic’s expansions and how similar they will be to their original releases.
If the above release date is to be believed however, fans won’t need to wait much longer in order to get definitive answers.