World of Warcraft expansion Warlords of Draenor is now part of the base game

Direct yourself to and you will notice that the World of Warcraft expansion Warlords of Draenor is no longer available for purchase. That's because, as noticed by Reddit and confirmed by Blizzard, it's now part of the base game. 

It's an unannounced (as far as I know) development, but not entirely unexpected. Despite being the most recent World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor is a year-and-a-half old, and Blizzard has already incorporated all the previous expansions—The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, and Mists of Pandaria—into the main game.   

Unactivated Warlords of Draenor registration codes can no longer be redeemed through, which wouldn't be a big deal (since all the content is in there now anyway), except that the level 90 character boost included with the stand-alone expansion is no longer available. A customer support rep recommended that players with unactivated codes contact Blizzard for assistance, and said separately that Blizzard should also be able to do something for people who purchased the expansion “a few days” ahead of the changeover.

The next World of Warcraft expansion, Legion, will be out in August.

Thanks, Polygon.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.