World of Warcraft Dragonflight Alpha added to Battle.net app; Tips for the upcoming alpha launch
Blizzard has added World of Warcraft Dragonflight Alpha to the Battle.net app, suggesting the alpha release is near.
References to the alpha client for the next World of Warcraft expansion were spotted by MMO-Champion forum user “Lumy” a few days ago. As mentioned by the eagle-eyed user, the alpha client being added to Blizzard’s Battle.net app catalog is usually one of the last steps before the actual Alpha release. As such, Blizzard is expected to launch the Alpha in the coming week. For reference, the Alpha client for the current Shadowlands expansion was added to the catalog on April 3, 2020 – the Alpha client was released five days later on April 8.
As expected, going through the planned alpha client release, World of Warcraft fans are already heavily speculating about the World of Warcraft Dragonflight release framework. Blizzard said the expansion will launch in December, but based on the runtimes of previous expansions’ alpha and beta versions, some suggest a spring 2023 release is more likely.
“We are excited to share that we will be bringing our next expansion to players later this year. Dragonflight is a return to Azeroth, and the freedom and exploration that World of Warcraft is known for,” executive producer Holly Longdale said last month. “This is your chance to connect with the rich history of the legendary Dragon Islands. , and to immerse yourself in high fantasy at the heart of the Warcraft universe.”
The Dragon Isles feature four lush new areas players can venture into on their journey to the new level cap of 70: the vibrant Waking Shores, the verdant Plains of Ohn’ahran, the sprawling Azure Span, and the resplendent Thaldraszus. Dragonriding, a new method of aerial movement, allows players to soar through the skies of each new area in style atop customizable Dragon Isles Drakes. The islands are home the the all-new playable Allied Race Dracthyr, which mixes dragonflight magic with ranged damage and healer specializations as a dedicated Evoker-only hero class that starts at level 58.
Expansion introduces a complete overhaul to the game’s character talent system, which offers tasty and impactful talent choices at every level. There are also significant updates to professions in the game with new work order and specialization systems, in addition to a modernized and streamlined heads-up display (HUD) and user interface (UI).