There’s nothing quite like World of Warcraft, because it’s a game that has stood the test of time. It’s seen many changes over the years, but one of the core draws has been its continuity for players. As one of my good friends put it, he’s been playing the same character for well over a decade now (but not just that one character). Many gamers have likely tried their hand at WoW at one point or another though, and it’s comforting to know you can always go back. Now that the next major is expansion is nearly here, Blizzard wants players to do exactly that. This weekend, you can play World of Warcraft for free to check out some of the Shadowlands pre-patch changes, or explore everything the game has to offer.

If you don’t know already, there’s a lot of content. I mean A LOT of content. New players may feel a bit overwhelmed at first, but there’s a new starting experience which will send you through the Battle for Azeroth campaign. Returning players should know where to go though. Naturally, the most recent changes will draw the most attention. While Shadowlands doesn’t release until November 24, many of the core game changes have already been implemented.

Adventures await

First off, you can redesign your characters with new appearance options and gender changes if desired. Then you can start grinding towards to the new level cap while checking out the changes to the leveling system. Blizzard promises it will take less time and feel more manageable than before. You might try the new new area of Exile’s Reach if you’re level 50. However you can also go to other regions such as Northrend or Pandaria and expect the areas to scale appropriately.

The World of Warcraft free weekend lasts until November 10 at 12:59 AM ET. That should give you plenty of time to jump in.

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Kevin Foley
Kevin's go-to gaming genres are shooters, RPGs, and tactical strategy, though he enjoys the occasional puzzle game too. When he finds a narrative he really likes, he feels inclined to tell the world all about it. When he's not writing about games, he's tinkering with tech to see how it can improve gaming experiences.

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