World of Warcraft (or Wow) is one of the longest-running massively multiplayer online role-playing games.
And like most MMORPGs, you can’t play it for free – at least not after level 20.
But, how much is a Wow subscription in the UK, can you buy a WoW Classic subscription separately, and what is the Shadowlands price (the latest expansion)?
Let’s dive in.
Blizzard offers three different subscription plans for its World of Warcraft players.
|World of Warcraft subscription in the UK||WoW subscription fee|
|Three months||£9.39 a month (£28.17 total)|
|Six months||£8.69 a month (£52.14 total)|
Players that are interested in the WoW 6-month subscription can get a 13% discount, which will save them around £16.50 a year. Blizzard also has a 6% discount on its 3-month World of Warcraft subscription cost which saves around £7.20 a year.
Being of the most popular MMPORG of all time, comes with a price. Blizzard used to charge players for every expansion, in addition to the basic subscription, but that’s all in the past.
Now, whenever a player pays the WoW subscription price, regardless of whether they get a monthly or a 6-month subscription pack, they get access to all existing expansions, except for the latest one.
In other words, if you subscribe to the game now, you’ll get access to Burning Crusade (2007), Wrath of the Lich King (2008), Cataclysm (2010), Mists of Pandaria (2012), Warlords of Draenor (2014), Legion (2016), Battle for Azeroth (2018), WoW Classic (2019), and Burning Crusades Classic (2021).
The only expansion that’s not included in the subscription is Shadowlands.
Worth noting: The latest expansion will automatically be added to the subscription once Blizzard officially releases Dragonflight– its ninth expansion in 18 years.
*Wow Classic and Burning Crusades Classic aren’t considered expansions since they only introduced additional servers.
For those that didn’t get kept up late at night by the original WoW, World of Warcraft’s Classic is the perfect place where you can experience the grind. This trip back to nostalgia comes at no extra cost to the basic WoW subscription cost.
Did you know? A fourth of the youngest gamers in the UK signed up for online multiplayer services!
The WoW Classic price is essentially included in the WoW monthly fee.
Worth noting: If you’re looking for a WoW Classic free trial, you won’t find it. WoW only allows players to get to level 20 for free and that’s in the basic package.
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands is Blizzard’s eighth expansion for WoW that was released in November 2020. It is the first WoW expansion that reduced the maximum level cap (from 120 to 60). Among other things, the expansion introduced a new land (the Realm of the Dead) and a plethora of new features.
This expansion comes in three parts.
If you’re not quite sure whether you’re ready for a full-on subscription commitment, Blizzard offers some alternatives.
The WoW token cost varies and usually depends on their availability at the auction house.
The WoW subscription cost in the UK mainly depends on the length of the subscription and whether you need the perks that come with a longer subscription (6-month subscriptions, for example, include the Goblin Gumbo Kettle toy and Wen Lo). The good news is regardless of the subscription tier you opt for, you’ll get access to all WoW expansions, except for the last one.
To reach level 20 in WoW you need around two and a half hours of active game time.
As of 2022, there are a total of 8 WoW expansions, making Blizzard one of the biggest video game companies in the world. The company recently announced the ninth expansion, called Dragonflight, which is expected to be released in 2023.
There’s no official confirmation whether and when Blizzard will stop updating the game. Given that the company just announced a new expansion, it seems that the game is still alive and well.
There’s no way to get permanent access to WoW with a one-off payment. The only way to play the game is to pay a World of Warcraft monthly fee and if you want to play the latest expansion, you’ll also have to additionally pay the World of Warcraft Shadowlands price.
You can buy a monthly WoW subscription for £9.99. A three-month sub costs £28.17 and buying a six-month subscription will set you back £52.14.
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