The 14-year-old MMORPG developed by Blizzard Entertainment just became subscription only; meaning that you no longer have to buy a copy of the video game in order to play it.
Although the company did not officially announce this change, if you head over to Battle.net store you can notice it.
What does this mean for new World of Warcraft players?
Well, it means that unlike a large majority of fans (including us), you will save quite a bit; because you will get access to the base game and all expansions released until today; without buying separate copies.
So, by paying a monthly subscription of $14.99 you get to play WoW and also access the content introduced by The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, Mists of Pandaria, Warlords of Draenor and Legion.
Since each of the expansions above sold for $59.99, it also means that you will save $359.94 by not buying the add-ons independently.
One thing to note here is that although you will pay a monthly fee you won’t get access to the latest expansion, Battle for Azeroth. Or at least not yet.
World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth will release August 14, 2018, and if you missed the cinematic trailer, make sure you watch it right now.
The recent change in the paying system was made alongside the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch which also launched today.
Obviously, if you intend to join the community of WoW players, you can save even more money by purchasing a World of Warcraft pre-paid time card, or by buying a token with the gold you earn in the game.
Either way, this is by far the best time to try World of Warcraft, and enjoy one of the most successful video games of all times.