The Legion™ Invades World of Warcraft® August 30

Master mythic Artifact weapons and do battle as the new Demon Hunter
hero class in the sixth expansion for the acclaimed massively
multiplayer online role-playing game

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Legion–The great enemy of Azeroth is back, and soon the kingdoms of the Horde
and the Alliance will be consumed in a storm of fel fire. Starting
August 30, realms will shatter, heroes will fall, and the world will
stand on the brink of destruction with the launch of World
of Warcraft
®: Legion™
the sixth expansion for Blizzard Entertainment’s acclaimed massively
multiplayer online role-playing game.

Defenders of the Alliance and the Horde can steel themselves for the
return of the demonic armies of the Burning Legion by pre-purchasing World
of Warcraft: Legion
digitally at
Players who pre-purchase will unlock an instant level-100 character
boost, as well as early access to the Demon Hunter—Legion’s
dexterous and deadly new hero class—prior to the expansion’s release.

Legion opens a dark and thrilling new chapter in one of the
Warcraft series’ greatest conflicts, and things will never be the same
for some of Azeroth’s most iconic heroes and villains,” said Mike
Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “This expansion
is loaded with features and content that give players whole new ways to
explore the world and customize their heroes. We’re looking forward to
sending everyone into battle against the Burning Legion this August.”

In this expansion chronicling the events following Warlords of Draenor,
all hellfire breaks loose when the warlock Gul’dan, betrayer of the orcs
and twisted servant of the Burning Legion, unleashes a demonic invasion
force upon Azeroth unlike any the Horde and the Alliance have ever
faced. To save their world from annihilation, heroes must unlock the
mysteries of the mythic Broken Isles, master powerful Artifact weapons,
and strike a forbidden pact with the Demon Hunters of the
Illidari—vengeful disciples of the dreaded Illidan Stormrage.

Pre-purchase Now and Prepare for the Invasion

World of Warcraft: Legion will be available in a Standard Edition
(physical and digital versions available; SRP $49.99). Players also have
the option to upgrade their pre-purchase to the Digital Deluxe Edition
(SRP $69.99), which contains a hoard of in-game bonuses for a variety of
Blizzard games, including an Illidari Felstalker mount and pet for World
of Warcraft
, a Felstalker mount for Heroes of the Storm®,
a helm transmog and wings for Diablo® III,
and a pair of fel-infused StarCraft® II

Players who pre-purchase either the digital Standard Edition or Digital
Deluxe Edition of Legion through
will be able to immediately boost one character to level
, allowing them to experience the latest World of Warcraft
content alongside their friends.††

Pre-purchasing Legion will also grant early access to the
Demon Hunter
prior to the expansion’s release. During
the pre-launch early-access period, players will be able to complete the
Demon Hunter’s unique starting experience on the shattered,
Legion-corrupted world of Mardum and achieve level 100, leaving them
fully prepared to join their allies on the Broken Isles the moment the
expansion launches. Further details on the upcoming Demon Hunter
early-access period, including the timing and duration, will be
announced at a later date.

World of Warcraft: Legion will also be available in a retail-only
Collector’s Edition (SRP $89.99), which includes the digital bonuses
from the Digital Deluxe Edition along with a full-color hardcover art
book, a behind-the-scenes two-disc Blu-ray/DVD set, a CD soundtrack, and
a Legion mouse pad. Supplies are limited; players should check
with their local retailer for preorder details and availability.

World of Warcraft: Legion Features

World of Warcraft: Legion is filled with features and content
that will transform Azeroth’s heroes into Legion-slaying avatars of
vengeance, including:

  • New Hero Class: Demon Hunter—Unleash the demon within as an
    all-new melee hero class gifted with preternatural mobility—and the
    ability to metamorphose into hellish new forms.
  • New Feature: Artifact Weapons—Smite the Legion with
    class-specific weapons of lore. Unlock abilities and traits, and
    customize your weapon to suit your needs.
  • New Continent: The Broken Isles—Discover the fate of a lost
    night elf civilization, confront twisted fragments of the Emerald
    Nightmare, and hunt agents of the Legion in all-new zones. Forge your
    own path through the Broken Isles as you explore content that
    dynamically scales to your level.
  • Boost to Level 100—Come fully prepared to battle the Legion
    with a level-100 character boost, and fight alongside your friends in
    this epic new chapter of World of Warcraft—available
    immediately upon pre-purchase.
  • New Feature: Class Hall—Gather with fellow members of your
    class and unite followers of your order—including iconic characters
    from Warcraft lore—to carry out missions at your command.
  • New PvP Honor System—Fight for fame, glory, and a range of new
    PvP-specific powers as you face the opposing faction in Arenas and

For more information about World of Warcraft: Legion or to sign
up for the upcoming beta test, visit
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Entertainment press site at

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currently available—visit
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Players upgrading from World of Warcraft
Starter Edition must wait for trial restrictions to be removed (up to 72
hours) before using character boost. Demon Hunter early access timing
will be announced at a later date. Only one Demon Hunter per realm (per
account); requires at least one level-70 character on realm.

††Corresponding World of Warcraft expansions

About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft®
and the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo®
franchises, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (,
a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer
and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of
the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment’s
track record includes nineteen #1 games* and multiple Game of
the Year awards. The company’s online-gaming service,®,
is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active players.

*Sales and/or downloads. Based on internal company records and
reports from key distribution partners.

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