…but it was a tidy bit of speculation for a few days, wasn’t it?

Blizzard Community Manager Bashiok clarified things a bit on the official forums today, saying that the datamined “Veteran’s Edition” wasn’t a hidden upcoming free-to-play option, as some speculated, but rather a way for veteran players to get back into the game for free.

To summarize, when patch 6.1 hits, anyone who has previously had an account and subscription will be able to log into the game for free, with restrictions identical to that of a Starter Edition account, with the ability for sub-level-20 characters to join guilds. So it’s really not much more free-to-play than it ever has been; you just don’t have to create a new Starter account to kick around for free if you’re a former player.

I’ll probably jump back into WoW for a bit to look around when this goes live. How about you?

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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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  1. ZhaoYun on January 17, 2015

    overall this game is dead to be personally i prefer paying money for a game every month like world of tanks or a p2p game like FF14 than for WOW its way more worth it in my opinion since u can basicly play A LOT of wow clones for free so why waste money on wow when theres like 100 or more games like wow that are f2p?

    • Jowns on January 18, 2015

      Wow isn’t dead at all. And I play on a medium pop server.

    • WowGuy on January 18, 2015

      It’s not dead and if you actual played you see why wow is better than other mmo’s. Story , Character and People have been the best every since i starting playing other mmorpg can’t own up to what Wow has. Wow is something very different if you would actual try it

      • exaccuss on January 19, 2015

        “why wow is better than other mmo’s. Story , Character and People have been the best every since i starting playing other mmorpg can’t own up to what Wow has.”

        Have you considered becoming a comedian?

  2. fallenj on January 16, 2015

    Why are the negative comments on the top…

    • Allah on January 17, 2015

      Because this website is shit.

  3. Nick on January 16, 2015


  4. eric on January 16, 2015

    You can do dungeons, battlegrounds, yes!

  5. Crazyjimmy on January 16, 2015

    Blizz is most likely never gonna allow WoW to be free to play, too many people spend money on the game just on subs alone. They’d lose a lot of money if they moved their biggest game to f2p. Even if they did move WoW to f2p they’d most likely slap it with tons of restrictions just like what Bioware did to SWTOR.

  6. Urs-00 on January 16, 2015

    wait, so the “veteran pack” is the ability to join guilds? That’s it? WOW, I can be a lvl 20 with chat restrictions BUT, if I ever subscribed, I can join a guild?

    I thought it would be a restricted buy to play… but nope, I have the privilege of playing the demo like everyone

    omg tks blizzard… ¬¬

  7. Todoran on January 16, 2015

    YOU: WoW F2P?

    YOU:Its not F2P Q_Q …but it was a tidy bit of speculation for a few days, wasn’t it?
    USS: -_- No shit Captain obvious!

  8. daniel on January 16, 2015

    If you could do battlegrounds with the f2p model i would care. But the starter restricions kinda blow on that note,you can’t BG or use the group finder. So all you can do it what alot of players do,stand in town and look at other ppl play the game.

    • daniel on January 16, 2015

      if you can PVP even at lower lv..someone let me know.

      • eric on January 16, 2015

        Yes you can pvp and do dungeons on the Starter edition of World of Warcraft.

  9. EdmondDantes on January 16, 2015

    Yeah i expected this from Blizard.Meeeh im playng on a privat server so you can take the game and …… up your ass.

  10. idontlikemyname on January 15, 2015

    FROM what i read was this:
    Blizzard Sending Gift to Veteran Accounts
    It looks like Blizzard is planning to send some kind of gift players that have had an account for ten years. A few players have received a notification that a package from Blizzard will be arriving tomorrow. There was a support article about the gift that was taken down shortly after it was posted.

  11. GOOD~! I love it in my butt…~

  12. GOOD~! I love it how it is anyway :v

  13. GOOD~!