World of Warcraft Patch 5.0.4 Release Date Confirmed for August 28th

Patch 5.0.4 Release Date

The wondering over the patch 5.0.4 release date is now over. If you’re considering a return to World of Warcraft or a current player starved for some new content, you are in luck. Blizzard has just confirmed that the newest patch is set to hit on Tuesday (the regular patch and maintenance day), August 28th. For the United States and North America as a whole, at least. European realms will receive the patch a day later on August 29th.

With the patch 5.0.4 release date now public, you’re probably wondering what exactly the patch will bring to the game. Coming just a bit earlier than a month before the forthcoming expansion Mists of Pandaria, the patch will be quite similar to the usual ‘before the expansion’ patch.

New raids and dungeons will come with the Mists of Pandaria expansion release, however patch 5.0.4 does come with quite a few new items for players.  These changes include:

  • A new area of affect (AOE) looting system.
  • Achievements, pets, and mounts will now span account-wide applying to all characters.
  • A new world event to usher in Mists of Pandaria known as the ‘Attack on Theramore Isle’
  • An entirely new Mists-style talent point system for all classes.
  • Multiple interface changes, particularly for pets and mounts.

You can find the full patch notes on the World of Warcraft website for further details.

Coincidence or not, the patch 5.0.4 release date happens to fall on the official release date for Guild Wars 2. Likely in an attempt to help persuade ‘on the fence’ players to return to World of Warcraft with some new in-game additions and enhancements. Guild Wars 2 will be launching in the ‘calm before the storm’ period between patch 5.0.4 and the launch of Mists of Pandaria, which is problematic for Blizzard. The news also comes after hackers breached Blizzard’s security and acquired customer emails while failing to capture credit card information.

If you plan on playing during patch 5.0.4, you should launch your World of Warcraft client now to begin downloading the 6+ gigabyte patch through ‘background downloader’ while playing or after closing the game.


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