World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Classic is officially coming in 2022, bringing back what many see as the MMORPG's most beloved expansion. Its pre-patch release date will be the first step on our journey to Northrend, giving us a chance to prepare our characters for the fight against Arthas' minions.
WoW: WotLK's pre-patch release date also marks the first chance we'll get to play as the MMORPG's first-ever hero class, the Death Knight. Following Blizzard's shift in philosophy towards implementing some changes, you'll be able to create your first Death Knight even if you don't have a level 55 character.
WoW: WotLK Pre-Patch Release Date
The expansion was officially unveiled in April when the developer confirmed that it is set to launch at some point in 2022. While players are able to opt-in to the game's inevitable beta, no exact WoW: WotLK pre-patch release date has been shared.
Similarly, there's no official word on when the expansion itself might launch, aside from the fact that it is coming later in the year, although Blizzard may have accidentally leaked the release date by updating the official website with a listing of September 26, 2022.
The listing was swiftly removed, but the eagle-eyed folk atmanaged to spot the date before Blizzard could remove it.
A few days later, September 26 was officially confirmed as WoW: WotLK Classic's release date.
This makes it likely that we'll see the pre-patch go 2 to 4 weeks prior to launch, although the developer has still yet to share details on this front.
- World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Classic pre-patch release date: Second half of August/First half of September (GameWatcher estimation)
- World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Classic release date: September 26, 2022
Burning Crusade Classic's pre-patch went live two weeks prior to the expansion's June launch, while WoW Classic was released in late August 2019.
Given how WoW: Dragonflight is also slated to launch later this year, we wouldn't be surprised to see Wrath of the Lich King classic going live in August or September, its pre-patch becoming available two weeks prior to its release.
Of course, we'll have to wait for official confirmation from Blizzard before we can say for sure when WoW: WotLK pre-patch release date will occur, but it's likely safe to assume that we don't have that long a wait ahead of us.
We'll update this article as soon as we learn more.
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