Dragonflight, World of Warcraft's next expansion, will be available later this year

The ninth expansion of the long-running World of Warcraft MMO is now available for pre-purchase, and it will be released later this year, according to Blizzard.

In April, Dragonflight announced that it would travel through the nigh-mythical Dragon Isles to bring dragons to World of Warcraft.

Players will find out what happened to the ancient dragons over the past 10,000 years, and eventually form alliances with them to fight new threats.

Dragonflight will have four new zones to explore, including the vibrant Waking Shores, lush Ohn'ahran Plains, expansive Azure Span, and resplendent Thaldraszus. The Dragonriding system will allow players to get around the skies, and the level cap will be raised to 70. 

In addition, WoW's talent system will undergo an 'extensive overhaul', professions will be updated, and the game's HUD and UI will be significantly revamped.

Executive producer Holly Longdale said she was excited to announce that Dragonflight will be introduced to players later this year.

'This is a return to Azeroth and the freedom and exploration that have made World of Warcraft famous.'.

The Dragon Isles present the opportunity for you to get up close and personal with their fascinating history, and to imagine yourself immersed in the high fantasy that lies at the heart of the Warcraft universe.'

A pre-purchase of Dragonflight costs $50, $70, and $90, with different bonuses for each edition, as well as a $130 boxed Collector's Set that includes physical tat along with all that digital goodness.

The release date hasn't been announced yet but based on previous expansion release timings, and the fact that we didn't expect Dragonflight until sometime in early 2023, I would say it will be released not too long before the holiday season, given the release timing of previous expansions.

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