In a stunning move, Blizzard has decided to make all races playable
in the pre-expansion patch, while the pandaren will be available to all after launch. Even if you only have vanilla WoW
or The Burning Crusade
and even if you don't plan on getting Mists of Pandaria
, you will be able to roll a character from any race.
With the release of patch 5.0.4, we're making all the races of Azeroth playable by anyone, no matter which version or expansion of World of Warcraft they own. This includes the enigmatic pandaren, who will become available for play when Mists of Pandaria is released on Tuesday, September 25. We want the entire World of Warcraft community to be able to embrace their inner goblin, blood elf, worgen, draenei, or pandaren from the moment they step foot into the world of Azeroth.
Now, the only hard part will be choosing a name. Who will you be next?
The upper levels and their accompanying lands will still only be available to those with the appropriate expansions, of course. I think this will be especially good for new players, as well as those you bring in with the Scroll of Resurrection or Recruit-A-Friend.
Pandaren won't be available until after Mists of Pandaria
is released but will still be playable by anyone, regardless of latest expansion owned. Full clarification by Zarhym
is after the break.