World of Warcraft's ninth expansion, Dragonflight, will usher in a new age, one where Azeroth's heroes will return to their home after defeating The Jailer in the Shadowlands and visit an age-old section of Azeroth that was seemingly forgotten.
Like every new expansion, it's set to bring tons of new features and will be a fresh air for the World of Warcraft franchise. And before it officially arrives, players will have the chance to try it out in the upcoming WoW Dragonflight Alpha and Beta periods.
With that, here's everything we know about the World of Warcraft: Dragonflight beta, including when to expect its release date, how to sign up, and more.
As of right now, WoW Dragonflight has no official release date, however, based on the Battle.net shop for the expansion's pre-order information, Dragonflight will be releasing on or before December 31, 2022.
When it comes to the beta's release date, there is also nothing confirmed just yet. Going by past expansions, however, we expect the beta to go live somewhat soon as the deadline of December is fast approaching. Something like early August with September as the latest month.
This would give the expansion several months before its beta is accessible for players.
Additionally, there are new bits of information to suggest that a Dragonflight Alpha should be coming relatively soon although it too doesn't possess a start date.
How to Sign Up
If you want to take part in the World of Warcraft: Dragonflight beta, you'll need to request access. This is possible now via the World of Warcraft website.
All you need to do is click on the "Beta Opt-In" button and it'll direct you to the bottom of the website, where you'll click again.
Once that's done a "Thanks for signing up" message will appear in green words, confirming that you've opted in to the WoW Dragonflight beta.
What to Expect from the WoW Dragonflight Beta
The expansion is set to bring on tons of new features for WoW players to enjoy.
It'll be the first expansion since Mists of Pandaria to have a completely new race, the Dracthyr.
Dracthyr are a dragon-humanoid race that, similar to Pandaren, will not have a default faction, giving players the choice to pick between Horde or Alliance.
The race will also be the first in the game to only be available with one class, the Evoker. It's the latest hero class to join the game since Demon Hunters back in Legion. Additionally, just like Death Knights, it'll start at level 58, and have its own unique start, and questline for players to play through.
This will take place in the new zone, the Dragon Isles, which will not only be home to Dracthyr Evokers to level up but will also be the new continent for players to progress through.
Finally, the expansion is also set to introduce two major gameplay changes: the return of talent trees and a big UI update.
WoW will see the return of the old talent system that was last used prior to Cataclysm's release in 2010. It'll also be updated, giving players more choices, some of them including past abilities and spells from previous expansions' borrowed powers.
The new UI update will give players better control over various sections of their interface to match the power of many popular addons, making them baseline.