The World of Warcraft Classic demo has been cracked open and explored (somewhat)

    
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It is probably not a surprise that players with access to the World of Warcraft Classic demo download have already cracked open the client and started playing… in a way. YouTuber Dodgy Kebaab has posted a video of running about in the classic client in a sandbox server, which means no quests, no NPCs, no… well, anything. But you can see what the Classic client looks like and compare it to things like private servers, which is relevant.

There are, to be fair, some graphical differences between the client and the classic game, graphical options which didn’t exist at the time, better lighting, and so forth. There is a button to revert the Classic client back to looking like the 2005 version of the game, which is nice for those who want to experience the game in its most true-to-life version. Check out the video below if you’d like to see the demo before you play it as part of the virtual ticket or just get to see more footage of it when people do start playing.

Source: YouTube via Eurogamer
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Mateusz Pachnik

I always wanted to play WoW classic 1:1 mechanically, but with modern GFX.
Shadows, resolutions, more polygons just leave the aesthetics and color palette of classic 1:1.

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Sorenthaz

Looks like some better polish and shaders being used. Though if the night lighting is still the same as it is in current WoW that will be disappointing, because night time in WoW USED to actually be darker and I personally enjoyed it way more.

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Carebear

I cant wait for it!!

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Ironwu

Pretty worthless exercise, I think. Will be MUCH more interested in seeing the fleshed out Classic to evaluate the important stuff. Everything that is missing in this hack.

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mystwen

That was nice. I can see the new settings are a bit smoother; and nice you have a choice. Thanks for the video!

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Andrew Marsh

I was inserted in this post until i seen dodgeykebab, he is a dodgey bellend

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Minimalistway

Is there anyone still doubt that Blizzard is serious about classic?

I saw other youtuber with a footage from Classic and even frame rate test, people want to show off before others, that is expected.

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Utakata

And both mostly look like as it does today! Very little has changed in those zones since Classic. o.O

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Kherova

Very interesting. I’m looking forward to playing the demo. Will be interesting to find out, what the business model around it will be. Separate subscription? Included in the WoW subscription? Pay-to-play? Can’t imagine free-to-play.