Those of us on the east coast won’t have to wake up at 3am to beginning playing Battle For Azeroth at the earliest possible moment. For the first time in the game’s history, an expansion will launch at the same time around the globe — and unless you’re in Paris, it won’t be at midnight.
In the western hemisphere, we’ll technically get the game the day before the announced launch date — the eastern time zone will be able to play the new expansion at 6pm on Monday, while west coasters will be able to play at 3pm.
Here’s the official statement from 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.