Battle for Azeroth - Simultaneous Launch in all Regions
Originally Posted by Blizzard
For the first time in World of Warcraft® history, the next expansion—Battle for Azeroth™—will launch in the Americas, Europe, Taiwan, Korea, and Australia/New Zealand at the same time. Wherever you live and whatever faction you fight for, you can be part of one globally unified front as the battle for Azeroth begins.

Check the details below for the exact time you can begin logging in to explore Kul Tiras—for the Alliance!— or Zandalar—for the Horde!—in World of Warcraft’s upcoming expansion.


  • Americas (PDT) - August 13* 3:00p.m.
  • Europe (CEST) - August 14 12:00a.m.
  • Taiwan (CST) - August 14 6:00a.m.
  • Korea (KST) - August 14 7:00a.m.
  • ANZ (AEST) - August 14 8:00a.m.
  • UTC - August 13 10:00p.m.

See you in Azeroth, friends.

*To align with other regions, the Americas will launch slightly ahead of August 14 in local time.
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  1. rhorle's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Boem View Post
    The graphic was updated a few minutes ago. It said Tuesday the 13th/Wednesday the 14th when it was first posted.
    Huh. I swear it didn't but I will take everyone's word for it. Guess my mind just corrected it to the right days assuming the typical Tuesday NA launch would be a day early.
  1. mmoc98623435d5's Avatar
    So mid day for eu?
  1. vashter's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by rosso View Post
    Really midnight eu? can we have a fucking normal start for once? I want to sleep and not seeing people ahed 9 hours while trashy NA can play since 6 PM just to get stomped in PVE by EU as usual.
    Lol I don't think anyone cares for world first bullshit anymore.
  1. Onikaroshi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by rhorle View Post
    Huh. I swear it didn't but I will take everyone's word for it. Guess my mind just corrected it to the right days assuming the typical Tuesday NA launch would be a day early.


    The new one actually says "fixed" lol
  1. Eleccybubb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by rosso View Post
    Really midnight eu? can we have a fucking normal start for once? I want to sleep and not seeing people ahed 9 hours while trashy NA can play since 6 PM just to get stomped in PVE by EU as usual.
    That's how it's always been in EU. It makes it easier to do a simultaneous launch on their end since 12 in the UK is around 7-8 hours ahead. Means they can launch it in their work hours and keep an eye on it for longer in case an issue pops up.

    But why does it matter if people are ahead? Go to sleep. Your health is more important than some game mate.

    Also why does it matter about "NA vs EU"? The raid isn't going to be open straight away and the race to max level is barely relevant these days.
  1. Duridi's Avatar
    Another midnight release means nothing has changed in my case. Will have to log on just to log off to get sleep as always. Not that I expected otherwise, but at least some parts of the world got their timing better.

    EDIT: That said, I am in the beta, so nothing exciting to see at midnight, when thinking about it. I will already have seen it, and can sleep tight without being bugged by my own impatience of "opening that present with all the new exciting stuff" before I can sleep...
  1. Zyky's Avatar
    Servers are going to be a mess, there hasn't been a single launch where there hasn't been major problems and now they want to make it widespread and during US prime time, this is going to be terrible.
  1. Eleccybubb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zyky View Post
    Servers are going to be a mess, there hasn't been a single launch where there hasn't been major problems and now they want to make it widespread and during US prime time, this is going to be terrible.
    Uhm... Legion?

    Wasn't perfect but it was a damn sight better than past expansions.

    There was not a single major problem with Legion that I can recall. Just some minor lagspikes a few days in that were fixed quickly. Sharding was a godsend for that expansion launch.

    You will never get a perfect expansion launch from a game with this many players.
  1. VekniDarkIron's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Adlian View Post
    Nice to see EU getting screwed again. Cant NA get the midnight release while EU getting the 4PM? Ofc not.
    Become their biggest customer region and then you can get catered to first. Why should they cater to a minority?
  1. TriHard's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zyky View Post
    Servers are going to be a mess, there hasn't been a single launch where there hasn't been major problems and now they want to make it widespread and during US prime time, this is going to be terrible.
    Wrong.
    Legion's launch went without a problem. There were no major problems back then thanks to server sharding.
    And thank god that they'll be using that server tech for classic servers too.
  1. Eleccybubb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by TriHard View Post
    Wrong.
    Legion's launch went without a problem. There were no major problems back then thanks to server sharding.
    And thank god that they'll be using that server tech for classic servers too.
    This.

    They won't shard the Classic servers but they will do something similar to prevent a shitshow.

    However Legion did have some minor lag a few days in but it was easily playable. Nowhere near as bad as WoD where it took 2-5 seconds for a cast to go off. Or the Nagrand Scenario lagging like hell.
  1. Duridi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by rosso View Post
    So mid day for eu?
    MidNIGHT actually, so nothing has changed.
  1. reauxmont's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Duridi View Post
    Another midnight release means nothing has changed in my case. Will have to log on just to log off to get sleep as always. Not that I expected otherwise, but at least some parts of the world got their timing better.

    EDIT: That said, I am in the beta, so nothing exciting to see at midnight, when thinking about it. I will already have seen it, and can sleep tight without being bugged by my own impatience of "opening that present with all the new exciting stuff" before I can sleep...
    Or, sleep in advance, or skip a night of sleeping.
  1. Nhodjin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zyky View Post
    Servers are going to be a mess, there hasn't been a single launch where there hasn't been major problems and now they want to make it widespread and during US prime time, this is going to be terrible.
    There was no server issues in EU when Legion launched or barely any atleast.
  1. Eleccybubb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by reauxmont View Post
    Or, sleep in advance, or skip a night of sleeping.
    To be honest I might just go to sleep instead of stay up all night for a change.

    Hardly the end of the world.
  1. Onikaroshi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Eleccybubb View Post
    This.

    They won't shard the Classic servers but they will do something similar to prevent a shitshow.

    However Legion did have some minor lag a few days in but it was easily playable. Nowhere near as bad as WoD where it took 2-5 seconds for a cast to go off. Or the Nagrand Scenario lagging like hell.
    Some dickhat DDoS'd the NA servers day 3ish, but other than that, smooth as butter.
  1. Duridi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by reauxmont View Post
    Or, sleep in advance, or skip a night of sleeping.
    Ergh, I'm no youngster without a family and a job, anymore.

    Since it's always been released at midnight, I have usually always logged on just to check in, stayed on for an hour then gone to bed(or be dragged to bed around then by my better half... who also plays btw, but who has a more healthy view on launches)

    I dunno, I just love the launch feeling. The first few hours of it. EDIT: Oh wait, I never get more than just the first hour. Doh.
  1. aeuhe4yxzhds's Avatar
    Okay so when the fuck is 12 am?
  1. Eleccybubb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by aeuhe4yxzhds View Post
    Okay so when the fuck is 12 am?
    Midnight?

    12 PM is Midday.

    It's basic time.
  1. Duridi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by aeuhe4yxzhds View Post
    Okay so when the fuck is 12 am?
    Midnight.......

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