World of Warcraft is officially set to expand again later this year with the release of Battle for Azeroth, which is due out in August. Alongside the standard and Digital Deluxe editions we already knew about, Blizzard has now unveiled the details of the inevitable Collector’s edition, which will launch alongside the game.
The centerpiece of this physical edition is a hardcover, double-sided novella. It tells both the Alliance and Horde perspectives leading into Battle for Azeroth; you can read one story by reading the book in one direction, and another by flipping it over and starting on the other side. These stories will also be published online, though they’ll only be available in physical form through the Collector’s edition.
Also included in the Collector’s edition is a digital soundtrack with music from the new expansion and a collectible coin. Additionally, it comes with the same digital bonuses as the Digital Deluxe edition, which provide goodies for Blizzard’s various games. Most notable are the items used in WoW: there’s a mount (Seabraid Stallion for Alliance, Gilded Ravasaur for Horde) and a pet (the adorable Baby Tortollan). There’s also a Hearthstone card back, StarCraft II Horde and Alliance sprays, a Heroes of the Storm “Primal Flamesaber” mount, and various Overwatch items. These include “Horde- and Alliance-themed voice lines for Torbjorn; emotes for Tracer; Anduin, Jaina, Sylvanas, and Saurfang sprays; and Kul Tiran and Zandalari player icons.”
Battle for Azeroth brings the focus of the narrative back to the classic Horde vs. Alliance conflict. It raises the level cap to 120 and adds new playable allied races, new areas to explore, Warfront mode, and much more. When we got a look at it last year, it was looking like the best intro to the MMO so far. We’ll find out for sure this summer.