World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Classic screenshot of a ship sailing to Borean Tundra

After accidentally leaking the release date a couple of days ago, Blizzard has finally decided to bite the bullet and just do the announcement properly. As such, you'll be pleased to hear that Wrath of the Lich King Classic will indeed be launching on September 26th, 2022!

It'll bring with it all of the content from the original expansion, along with a couple of small additions and changes to help keep things interesting. The often controversial Dungeon Finder will be removed entirely, players will be able to mess around with new character customization options, and most importantly for the PvP crowd, Arena rating will be personal rather than group-based.

The good news doesn't end there, however, as Blizzard has also taken this opportunity to unveil a catch-up mechanic for anyone still going through Burning Crusade Classic. From today until the launch of Wrath of the Lich King Classic, all experience gains on Burning Crusade Classic servers will be increased by 50%!

If you want to keep the whole experience authentic and level at a slower pace, worry not as you can simply turn the buff on and off by talking to inkeepers in capital cities. Personally I think the Burning Crusade era leveling speed is almost perfectly balanced for a globe-trotting adventure, so if you're new to WoW Classic I'd recommend sticking with the default settings and activating the buff only if you find yourself getting bored with how things are progressing.

Whatever your choice may be, I'll make sure to let you know once Blizzard announces anything else about Wrath of the Lich King Classic. Until then, you can read a little bit more about it over at the official website.