Looks like Blizzard accidentally leaked the release date for Wrath of the Lich King Classic

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As spotted by WoW Head, Blizzard seems to have let slip the Wrath of the Lich King Classic release date a wee bit earlier than intended. According to an image uploaded to the WoW Classic website, and then quickly removed from it, "The Lich King Returns September 26, 2022".

When we tried to decide which World of Warcraft expansion Classic should end on, Fraser made a solid argument for Wrath of the Lich King to be its finale, writing, "I wouldn't say WoW peaked in 2008—I'll never give up my Demon Hunter—but that's definitely a time I'd love to revisit. It's where Blizzard started beefing up the quest design and using phasing for more ambitious storytelling, and it's the story I'd been waiting for since Frozen Throne."

It's also where Blizzard has decided to start seriously tweaking the way old expansions work in their World of Warcraft Classic incarnations. That's why this time you'll be able to play as a Death Knight from the off, rather than having to unlock the class by getting another character to level 55, as it was in the before times. 

If you're too impatient to wait until September 26, you can still opt-in to join the Wrath of the Lich King Classic beta, which has been running since June.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and Playboy.com, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.