World of Warcraft Battle Chest becomes standard version for new players

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Blizzard are working to lower the bar of entry to new players of their once all-encompassing MMO, World of Warcraft. They’ve already opened up all the races to players, no matter what expansion packs they own, now they’re reducing the costs for folk buying the vanilla game. World of Warcraft’s retail release “now incorporates the original game with The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, and Cataclysm.”

“World of Warcraft now incorporates the original game with The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, and Cataclysm expansions making it easier than ever for new players to get started in Azeroth,” Blizzard told us (and only us, right?) in a press release. “The new retail box, formerly known as the Battle Chest, will start hitting shelves in Europe today, 29th October.

“The box includes the game discs, an updated Official Beginner’s Guide and a Quickstart Guide for new players.”

Considering the game now only costs £10, that’s a whole lot of game on offer for folk who are still to take their first steps in Azeroth. Blizzard still need to find a way to populate the lower level areas and speed up players’ progression to the late game content.

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