While previously players who set up a new trial account for World of Warcraft (WoW) were limited by 14 days of playtime and a level cap, Blizzard announced that players on any trial account are able to play WoW forever for free… Almost…

The coming of World of Warcraft’s patch 4.2 Rage of the Firelands will also herald the arrival of something known as the World of Warcraft Starter Edition. The Starter Edition lets players build a character up to level 20 without paying a dime.

The catch, of course, is that players are capped at level 20 until they upgrade to the full version, but you can try out for free any of the races and classes available up through The Burning Crusade expansion, including the blood elves and draenei, with no time limit and no limit on characters created.

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  1. Boldo on November 19, 2012

    Well for a non-hardcore gamer like myself its actually perfect. I’ll always get bored after 20 levels or so and stop playing. So quite ideal for me

    • abc on February 4, 2014

      Haha you nailed it! 😀

  2. charles on November 21, 2011

    why when i download the trial version from blizard it opens then closes

  3. Gobnob on July 13, 2011

    Wow some people on here are trolls. This is a GREAT move for WoW. 1. Now people cant say they cant pay 15 dollars a month to play cuz it has an ulimited trial now. 2. People who play the trial and like it dont have to worry bout it running out of time and might not beable to ge the full version. 3. More people will come to the game and it will inspire them to get the full version. So stop your trolling.Some MMO’s are made to be free. Some are made to be P2P and some are made for both. This is just to see what will happen. I personally like this idea! 😀

  4. Luis on July 9, 2011

    WoW is a great game, and I recommend to anyone looking for a high quality game, huge community, stable and very new player friendly. Although it’s paid, it’s in my opinion worth every penny.

    Sure there are lots of others F2P MMORPGs, but there’s a good reason why P2P games are still in business.

    Anyway people saying that “WoW is gonna die soon and nobody will play it” are just dramatizing too much. I quit WoW because I don’t find MMORPGs fun anymore (doesn’t matter which one).
    Believe me this is already a prove that when WoW start losing lots of subscribers it’ll become F2P (kinda like happened to DDO).

    It’s “free to play” until level 20 ;D.

  5. Ashibayai on July 9, 2011

    Good now everyone has more time to realize that there are a million other better games to play that are truly free. WoW was revolutionary and a great unique game at one point. But as a game ages (or more accurately a genre) more games are released that are similar. Devaluing the original game, Wow has gotten older. And like everything else old, they should realize their time is almost up. So WoW have fun dating gamers for a couple more years, yeah they’re hot young 20 year olds, but you’ll soon you’ll feel the emptiness that is your existence. When that day comes I’ll buy you a blanket and a rocking chair while we wait for you to expire.

  6. Axon on July 1, 2011

    Level 20 in WoW takes about 4 hours, 14 days was a far superior trial.

  7. rofl on June 30, 2011

    this is stupid and shouldnt be on here xD made me laugh

  8. randomer on June 30, 2011

    please mmobomb this shit its not free. dot post bullshit

    • blah on June 30, 2011

      yes it is you don’t have to buy it and ur time never runs out

  9. coolguy on June 29, 2011

    GUYS ITS FOREVER so stop trolling read the whole thing

  10. Nupper on June 29, 2011

    I guess its also a way of getting interested in buying the full version
    How ever its such a good game that the people who want to play but dont because of the pay month

    personally i think the pay monthly is a good idea and it keeps it a reasonable population and it stops the overflow of players trying to take your kills or be to crowded and get laggs

  11. The6Freak on June 29, 2011

    This is indeed a step in the right direction. I’m assuming that they are removing the trial limit so see just how many people they could get to play if they went full free, this method usually proves to be useful. I’m also getting tired of hearing people say this game is crap / horrible graphics. It’s not bad graphics, it’s a specific graphic style and it is meant to be slightly toony especially because it’s copying the Warcraft game styles on purpose hence World of Warcraft. Now, on the other hand people thinking this game is crap, where is the logic in that? It’s one of the more in-depth heavy content games with a deep storyline and tight communities, even with its massive drop in players. If it truly was a bad game so many other mmorpg’s wouldn’t be trying so hard to copy it’s graphic style and mechanics. GTFO Trolls! If you don’t like it just stay away from it. Gee whiz.

  12. TioZ on June 29, 2011

    The chinese gold farmers thank Blizzard for their future increased profits.

  13. ShawnCrespo on June 29, 2011

    The games graphics are horrible. Who would pay for that piece of crap. XD. I payed for about a year before realizing it was a piece of shit. LOL this game needs to UPGRADE and dust off they’re 2005 graphics, seriously. When they upgrade I’ll probably give it another shot. They’re community is also shit. Its filled with no-life nerds who think they’re so cool cuz they’re lvl 85 or whatever.
    No offense guys. And don’t try to troll me about the graphics, plz, its the truth. OPEN YOUR EYES AND YOUR MIND. WoW isn’t the only game out there.
    Again, I don’t mean to offend ANYONE. So plz no hate mail.

  14. R3L0AD3D on June 29, 2011

    Put the dam game F2P already, the game is getting old

  15. nuro0o on June 29, 2011

    If after the 20 levels its not pay a month xD then it would be nice just buy the game and play 😀

  16. Krys4 on June 29, 2011

    I can get higher lvl in 14days

  17. rafaeleao on June 29, 2011

    It’s just a master move, they just though “let’em play more, let’em like it, let’em want to continue playing, and then let’em pay for it”. I already played WoW and just got enough of it in my life, its a good mmo indeed, but I would like to have the money I spent to do more important things…

  18. GamingKatze on June 29, 2011

    It’s funny how hard it is for some people to finish reading or even attempt to read; any article passed it’s title.

    This is just a joke really, I’m sure they have noticed how many people are leaving, cancelling accounts or just not paying anymore and they are most likely testing something, quite possibly micro transactions. It’s the exact same thing as the 14 day free trial without a time limit, but limits on everything else as usual. After however many years of testing, playing and getting bored, this doesn’t interest me in the least. The community for this game slammed into the toilet with Cataclysm. This isn’t going to change it.

  19. Sandra Kiel on June 29, 2011

    is this a joke ?
    is WoW Free 2 Play like Runes of Magic, Allods and Guild Wars is ?
    or just a free2play for 1 year trial?

    • GW!!! on June 29, 2011

      Guild Wars is buy to play. And don’t write it’s name so close to the Runes of Magic or Allods. It’s a dishonour for Guild Wars.

      • quickman007 on June 29, 2011

        “It’s a dishonor for Runes of Magic and Allods”

        Fixed it for ya!

  20. Sushy on June 29, 2011

    This is great, I wonder if all the f2p lvl 20’s will be able to use battlegrounds, should be interesting

    • LAtinHeart on June 29, 2011

      You can do Bg’s after lvl 10. But as you don’t have acces to the better gear and weapons in the game ( Heirlooms) You’ll be completely owned in BG’s NOt a good experience. Trust me.

  21. mentalneko on June 29, 2011

    This is kinda neat, I stopped paying for WoW whenever I hit 85 and got geared to the teeth and I still couldn’t get in to raiding. The game became way to reclusive with very few player to player interactions outside of guilds now as well. It’d be nice to see it go completely free to play so other games would walk in it’s footsteps. Like Ultima, that game still isn’t free!!!!

  22. quickman007 on June 29, 2011

    This isn’t even close to F2P. They pretty much just removed the 10 day limit. You still can’t DO anything.

  23. jh on June 29, 2011

    yo so if it is free that means the mini games are also?

  24. baconation on June 29, 2011

    Who really cares if WoW goes free in any way. WoW is just another RPG game out there, the only difference is that the devs had the big bucks and got it out there more.

  25. fernandowtlk on June 29, 2011

    is the same shiit of the trial account, lvl 20 cap

  26. fernandowtlk on June 29, 2011

    mmobomb pls change the name of the post and video, you are lying to their people with that title

    • yazuri on June 29, 2011

      no time limit means ALMOST free to play lol

    • GamingKatze on June 29, 2011

      How is this a lie? They state right at the top ALMOST and even in the article itself they re-state the fact. Don’t try starting something that isn’t there, it screams *TROLL* There is a limit to the level of the character, not to the amount of time though. So yes, they are correct in stating *ALMOST*.

      • Rayl on June 29, 2011

        In example: Global Agenda has done a similar thing as well, where you got capped at level…nine, I think it was, until you bought the game. (of course they’ve since done away with that concept and moved on to their current model, but that’s another story for another time,)

  27. fernandowtlk on June 29, 2011

    whatts is the difference??, i play on blizzard lvl 85 mage, what is this?? still the lvl 20 limit on trial accounts??,

    • reduts on June 29, 2011

      completley agree if the level cap got raised to 30 or 40 then shit would get real

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