World of Warcraft is getting a new expansion called Battle for Azeroth and it’s coming to Mac and Windows on August 14, 2018.
We knew an Expansion was coming, but Blizzard finally revealed more details, including a release date and a Beta. Battle for Azeroth picks right after the events that took place in the previous expansion. Stopping the Legion’s crusade reignited the eternal conflict between Horde and Alliance. Now both factions have to travel to faraway lands to persuade the trolls from Zandalar and other races to join their cause.
As can be expected from a WoW expansion, Battle for Azeroth will introduce six new zones to explore, new World Bosses (taking a page from Guild Wars 2‘s book), new raids and dungeons, new races and a new level cap of 120. There will be 6 new playable races in total, including the Highmountain Tauren, Nightborne, Void Elf, and Lightforged Draenei.
But much more noteworthy is the inclusion of new game mode called Warfront. In Warfront, you’ll take part of big 20-player cooperative PvE battles that mimic real-time strategy games such as the old-school classic Warcraft 3.
Can’t wait to try it? You can always opt-in to the game’s beta.
Everything you need to know about WoW: Battle for Azeroth on Mac
Official system requirements haven’t been revealed yet but there’s no reason they should be any different than the current ones.
These are the official World of Warcraft Mac system requirements:
- OS: OS X 10.10
- Processor: Intel Core i5
- Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M, ATI Radeon HD 4850 or Intel HD Graphics 5000
- Memory: 4 GB RAM
- Hard drive space: 45 GB
Supporting older integrated graphics cards such as the Intel HD Graphics 5000 is a good thing, meaning Macs from 2013 onwards should be able to handle it.
I’m much more interested to see how well this new version will use Apple’s Metal API. WoW’s previous expansion introduced Metal for the first time and generated spectacular improvements. According to our tests, the Metal version was 66% faster than the OpenGL version.
Apple has done a lot to improve Metal since, and hopefully, Battle for Azeroth will bring even more improvements.
I have personally requested a beta key and will test it on all of our Macs as soon as possible. Stay tuned for the results.