Blizzard Entertainment announced that for the first time ever they will be launching a World of Warcraft expansion pack worldwide at the same time. That means no matter what time zone you’re in, Battle for Azeroth will launch synchronously everywhere in the world. This is going to result in some odd launch times with North America actually getting it a day early!
A statement by Blizzard about the launch was released earlier today which reads:
For the first time in World of Warcraft® history, the next expansion—Battle for Azeroth™—will launch in the Americas, Europe, Taiwan, Korea, and Australia/New Zealand at the same time. Wherever you live and whatever faction you fight for, you can be part of one globally unified front as the battle for Azeroth begins.
Check the details below for the exact time you can begin logging in to explore Kul Tiras—for the Alliance!— or Zandalar—for the Horde!—in World of Warcraft’s upcoming expansion.
- Americas (PDT) – August 13* 3:00p.m.
- Europe (CEST) – August 14 12:00a.m.
- Taiwan (CST) – August 14 6:00a.m.
- Korea (KST) – August 14 7:00a.m.
- ANZ (AEST) – August 14 8:00a.m.
- UTC – August 13 10:00p.m.
See you in Azeroth, friends.
*To align with other regions, the Americas will launch slightly ahead of August 14 in local time.
Blizzard is already deep into their beta testing of the expansion with each patch producing less and less content signaling that the game is nearing completion. Raid testing has been underway for quite some time and Blizzard has even enabled character copy to the beta test realms so you can test what your current Legion 110 character will feel like when the expansion does go live.