World of Warcraft: Dragonflight official artwork of Alexstrasza and her dragon form

[Update #2]: The heavily exploration focused Dragonflight expansion has now arrived, and so far it's looking quite good!

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After spending a fair bit of time messing around with the very concept of an afterlife, World of Warcraft's next Dragonflight expansion will hopefully be taking things in a more down-to-earth direction. In terms of actual content, Dragonflight will bring with it a new draconic class/race combination, the Dracthyr Evoker, the return of oldschool talent trees, seemingly Guild Wars 2 inspired flying mounts, and naturally, a whole bunch of new areas to explore.

If all of that sounds like something you'd love to mess around with, you'll be happy to hear that Blizzard has now revealed that Dragonflight will be launching in 2022! No exact release date has been given just yet, but I'd imagine it'll be swooping in during the winter holiday season, for obvious reasons.

As is tradition, Blizzard followed this announcement up by opening pre-orders for all three editions of the Dragonflight expansion. The pre-order of the Base Edition will set you back $50 and give you early access to the Dracthyr Evoker (once they're actually in-game) and a Dracthyr themed pet. Meanwhile the $70 and $90 Heroic and Epic Editions bring with them even more cosmetics to toy around with, as well as an additional 30 days of Game Time in the case of the Epic Edition.

Personally, I'd only recommend going for the cheapest Base Edition. World of Warcraft has a million different cosmetic options already available in-game, so spending an additional $40 to get a few extra ones just seems a bit pointless. If you really need to offload all of your money as quickly as possible, perhaps as a part of some sort of TV comedy plot to inherit your grandfather's millions, consider giving the Steam Summer Sale 2022 a look instead.

Whatever your choice may be, you can learn more about each of the pre-order options, as well as Dragonflight itself, over at the Blizzard website. Enjoy!