Blizzard had recently announced that World of Warcraft: Classic will go live worldwide on August 27, 2019. For all World of Warcraft fans who remember the original iteration of the game, you will be able to dive into World of Warcraft: Classic with a subscription to relive all the appropriate raid content and other similar endgames to the original progression of the game.
If you had never played the original World of Warcraft, the experience is far slower than its current version. There are no flying mounts, grinding for an epic mount will take forever and players can expect to travel all around the world to unlock skills and complete quests. While all the guides should be available online, raiding will require a lot of patience and effort. (Get ready to start crafting arrows again).
Classic WoW Testing Schedule
According to Blizzard, Beginning May 15, select WoW players will be invited to participate in a small-scale, focused closed beta test. Players will also get a chance to help put our servers and technology through their paces in a series of stress tests running from May through July—you can opt in now through Account Management and select the WoW Classic beta. Subsequent stress tests will extend the opportunity to even more players. Level caps will also be in place to ensure we’re emphasizing the “stress” in “stress test”
STRESS TEST SCHEDULE*
Stress Test 1: Wed May 22–Thurs May 23
Stress Test 2: Wed Jun 19– Thurs Jun 20
Stress Test 3: Thurs Jul 18– Fri July 19
*Dates of each stress test are subject to change.
To fill our pool of beta and stress test participants, we’ll be choosing dedicated players who meet select criteria from both the WoW Classic beta opt-in and the standard Warcraft beta opt-in. Participants will also need to have an active subscription or active game time on their Battle.net Account. While opting-in to the beta is the primary way to make sure you’re in the running to join the test it doesn’t guarantee an invitation to the closed beta test. We may also consider additional factors such as how long a player has been subscribed to the game so that we have the right mix of players to ensure great feedback toward making WoW Classic the very best experience for the community.
If you’re eager to claim your character name in WoW Classic, take note: we’ll be opening character creation on Tuesday, August 13.**Players with an active subscription or game time on their account will be able to create up to three characters per World of Warcraft account. We’ll have more information on realm names closer to launch, but rest assured—you’ll have plenty of time to figure out your plans for realm domination!
World of Warcraft 15th Anniversary
Later this year, Blizzard will be rolling out a series of in-game activities in World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth™ in celebration of the game’s 15th anniversary, culminating in a 25-player raid (accessible through Raid Finder) that will pit players against some of the most iconic bosses from throughout the game’s history. Players who make it through this epic trial will earn the Obsidian Worldbreaker mount, designed to evoke the terrible visage of the ancient Dragon Aspect Deathwing the Destroyer.
While there’s no collector’s edition specifically tied to WoW Classic, there is a Collector’s Edition Box to celebrate WoW’s 15th anniversary! The contents of this box pay tribute to iconic figures from WoW’s early days, including a towering limited-edition statue of Ragnaros. The Anniversary Box, set to release on October 8th, will cost $99.99 and can be preordered at the Blizzard Gear Shop.
Anyways, we can't wait for World of Warcraft: Classic to go live and hopefully we will see you there too!