Warlords of Draenor expansion is now available for pre-order

The World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor expansion is now available for pre-order, granting access to various bonuses including an instant boost to level 90.

It’s available now through the official site, in standard ($50) or Digital Deluxe ($70) versions. Pre-purchasing gets you the level boost, while going for the Deluxe Edition also nets you a dread raven mount and dread hatchling pet. In addition, the Digital Deluxe edition comes with Grommash Hellscream and Blackhand StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm portraits and a Warsong pennant for your Diablo III characters.

Blizzard explained that it initially planned on providing the boost once players installed the expansion, but decided to provide it earlier so they could get a chance to familiarize themselves with their new skills, and experience the current end-game content leading to the story of Draenor. The expansion itself will raise the level cap to 100.

The boost also led Blizzard to consider selling the boosts separately for players who have multiple builds or characters on different servers. After a leak showed the standalone price to be $60, lead encounter designer Ion Hazzikostas told Eurogamer that the company didn’t want to “devalue the accomplishment of leveling.”

You can read more about Warlords of Draenor with our in-depth preview.

Warlords of Draenor will be available

Blizzard has released a new trailer for World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor entitled “Wish You Were Here.” The trailer highlights the level 90 character boost included with the expansion pack.

If you purchase Warlords of Draenor, you’ll be able to raise one character up to level 90 instantly. This character will then get a set of level-appropriate gear. If it’s your first character, the game will provide a few abilities to you at first and then unlock the others as you gain familiarity with the class. The exact process by which abilities unlock isn’t clear but the point is, they’ll start off newbies slow rather than just throwing dozens of abilities in their lap and pushing them into the game.

The point of this feature is that it allows players to dive right into the new content for Warlords of Draenor. The expansion pack provides a new planet full of quests and dungeons for level 90-100 characters. The boost therefore makes the expansion more appealing to a former player who’s been gone for years or a complete newbie. They can potentially bypass dozens of hours of leveling.

Blizzard will also allow players to buy level 90 character boosts separately for $60 in case they want to upgrade multiple characters. They decided to sell the boosts directly so that players don’t have to use awkward methods like buying copies of Warlords of Draenor for multiple accounts and then transferring the new level 90 characters to one account.

Warlords of Draenor is the fifth expansion pack for WoW. In addition to providing new lands for players to explore, it will allow them to create and upgrade their own keep – the first “housing” feature ever introduced to the game. The expansion’s player-versus-player features include spectator and tournament modes.

Draenor will be available for pre-purchase soon through Blizzard’s Battle.net Shop. The level 90 boost will be available immediately after you pre-purchase. If you spring for the Digital Deluxe Edition, you’ll unlock a new mount and pet right away as well. Blizzard hasn’t said when pre-purchases will begin but this trailer suggests that day’s not far off.