[REVIEW] : WoW: WotLK extension back soon? Burning Crusade Classic’s Latest Update Casts Doubt

NEWS IN TBCC PATCH 2.5.4

Since 2019, Blizzard has made it a point to offer playable versions of old World of Warcraft expansions. A long-time wish of players who wanted to find the “old-fashioned WoW“, more demanding but which forced its members to socialize to go after each content. In 2019, therefore, World of Warcraft: Classic is available for all subscribers to the game. At the time, Blizzard’s strategy was still vague on this subject: will it leave World of Warcraft Classic as it is or add extensions afterwards? BlizzConline February 2021 ends the debate: Burning Crusade Classic, World of Warcraft’s first expansion, is announced and hits public servers in early June. But from then on, the question repeats itself: will Wratch of the Lich King, the second extension of WoW and certainly one of the most appreciated by players, make its arrival?

Without formalization from Blizzard, difficult to provide a precise answer on this subject. Nevertheless, the announcement could (soon) arrive! During the night, the Burning Crusade Classic version was updated. This patch 2.5.4, which allows the arrival of phase 4 of deployment and the Zul’Aman 10-player raid, includes files with an interesting nomenclature: it begins with Wrath, like the name of the Wrath of the Lich extension King.

WOTLK CLASSIC, COMING SOON?

So be careful, these files are not synonymous with the deployment of Lich King in 2.5.4. To their name, these spotted files appear to be preparing for the arrival of the Death Knight class like the bluish glow of the buttons. Wrath of Lich King would therefore be in the pipes of Blizzard. A project that would make all the more sense since @Marlamin, a dataminer specializing in World of Warcraft data mining, had spotted a file named wowdev3. To take a step back, similar software had already been identified: wowdev for the recent version of World of Warcraft, wowdev2 for Burning Classic Crusade.

Can we expect an announcement soon? Regarding an announcement, we are still waiting for Blizzard’s plan B following the cancellation of BlizzConline in October 2021. The studio then mentioned “still making announcements” despite the cancellation of the event… On the other hand , it should be remembered that the Classic versions of WoW Vanilla and Burning Crusade were released in 2019 and 2021 respectively: a logical sequence would want Lich King Classic to be deployed in 2023, a few months after the potential version 10.0 of World of Warcraft.

Mentions to Wrath of the Lich King found on The Burning Crusade: Classic PTR

Will Wrath of the Lich King: Classic be a reality soon? Possibly! Our colleagues from Wowhead noted that the PTR from The Burning Crusade: Classic, which has just been upgraded to patch 2.5.4.42581, contains some interesting lines of code. The database managing the welcome screen contains lines with the mention “Interface_Wrath“, which are the blue buttons of the menu.

WoW Classic Files Indicate Wrath Of The Lich King Classic Could Be In The Works

World of Warcraft Burning Crusade Classic and WoW Classic Season of Mastery are in full swing, but if new files referencing the game’s Wrath of the Lich King expansion are any indication, it might not be long before Blizzard adds yet another way for gamers to relive the glory days of gaming.

This means players could storm Icecrown Citadel and take on Arthas sooner rather than later, but Burning Crusade Classic will likely need to reach the end of its content cycle before that happens. The game’s Black Temple and Mount Hyjal raids were released in January, which means remaining updates like The Gods of Zul’Aman and Fury of the Sunwell will arrive later this year.

After that, Blizzard is making sure players continue on a “classic” version of Wrath of the Lich King only makes sense. Wrath of the Lich King is one of the most beloved expansions in gaming, and it was during the expansion in 2010, before the Cataclysm expansion was released.

Both WoW Classic and Burning Crusade Classic are currently included in the cost of the game’s subscription, which also grants access to the current Shadowlands expansion. Adding another expansion to this list, and arguably the most popular in the game, seems like a solid way for Blizzard to attract even more lapsed WoW players while giving players who have played both WoW Classic and Burning Crusade Classic more content.

“Frostmourne is starving…”

In mid-February, the dataminer very well informed on the development of World of Warcraft Martin Benjamins had split his own excavation concerning a next expansion to come. The recent discovery of the user answering to the name of “hot” thus partially corroborates the previous rumor. Specifically, the following data was unearthed from the interface files of the latest build of The Burning Crusade Classic:

These were in a separate folder just created in this new build. Chaud specifies that the interface files of the Classic versions of World of Warcraft have, since the arrival of the second expansion, been separated into separate folders, with names marking this difference like “Interface_Vanilla” or “Interface_TBC”.

So the files discovered indicate that one of World of Warcraft’s biggest expansions may soon be getting the Classic treatment. A logical outcome that would allow, while Shadowlands recently welcomed its final update, to bring the world back to Azeroth for a nice nostalgia session, while waiting for something new on the Retail version.

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