World of Warcraft Dragonflight Alpha testing has begun

World of Warcraft’s next expansion, Dragonflight, has entered the alpha testing phase.

This is the first phase of alpha testing for Dragonflight and will focus on: some specific features and locations.

The Azure Span is the preferred location for this testing phase. This icy region of snowcapped peaks and icy tundra is one of the largest zones ever introduced to World of Warcraft. The new Dracthyr race will also be available for testing alongside the new evoker class. In a first for the MMO, the Dracythr race and the evoker class are linked together, so when you create a Dracthyr character, you automatically become an evoker.

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The July alpha also includes a UI update, a rarity for World of Warcraft. Some talents for the Death Knight, Druid, Hunter, Priest, and Rogue classes have also been revamped.

To participate in the alpha, you need to go to the Dragonflight product page on Blizzard’s website and check the “Beta Opt-in” box. You may receive confirmation from Blizzard that you have been added to the closed alpha, but there are no guarantees. Unlike Overwatch 2, Dragonflight’s pre-purchase does not automatically grant you access to the game’s playtests.

Dragonflight will have multiple rounds of alpha testing as Blizzard takes a different approach than in the past when it comes to the testing process (via PCGamer). This means that players will have multiple chances to play Dragonflight before it is released.

Dragonflight has been confirmed to be released before the end of 2022, though an official date has yet to be announced. There is speculation that it could be released in December, as previous expansions focused on the winter period.