BlizzCon 2018: World of Warcraft Classic is releasing next summer

    
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We all knew that World of Warcraft Classic — the legacy server that will take players back to the vanilla version of the MMO — would be playable at BlizzCon and at home this week with the virtual ticket. But the question on everyone’s lips was, when would the game become available?

WoW’s new executive producer, John Hight, took to the stage on Friday to answer that question, which he did so very succinctly: It will release in Summer 2019. Hight said that all subscription holders will be able to access it as part of their standard World of Warcraft access.

Blizzard will be talking more about the making and testing of WoW Classic during this convention, although you may be trying to get your one-hour doses of the demo instead. What do you think about the date and the potential of this server? Let us know in the comments!

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Kherova

I might actually come back and play it. Irks me that I have to pay for a full WoW subscription when I have no interest at all in the “normal” game.

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Jack Pipsam

Oh gosh I hope they have an Australian server for it, just one, come on Blizzard, don’t let me down.

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Bluxy

Summer 2019 Australia? lets hope it gets here sooner for us aussies too!!!

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Jack Pipsam

Haha, glad it’ll be Winter for us.

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Denice J. Cook

I put it on my calendar!

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Jon-Enee Merriex

After playing just the WoW Classic Demo for only an hour, I can say with authority, it wasn’t just nostalgia. The game WAS more fun. The direction they took the game after that made it LESS fun for me, personally. Going back to NE Hunter and remembering how we had to micromanage our pet, shots and the deadzone. There was a level of skill that was required which added to the fun of when you got things right.

Even the act of getting a pet, leveling it and increasing it’s loyalty by feeding it. It was an immersive experience that made me connect with the pet I had because I put time into it. The more the game moved away from those immersive elements, the less sticky I became until finally with Cataclysm and MoP, I traded in WoW for FFXIV full time.

It is frustrating when the dev team says, “we just remember it better” when, in fact, the reality is, they walked away from us, not the other way around. While quality of life changes are nice, they wholesale through out the baby with the bath water by Cataclysm and the game that is left now in BFA is completely different. So, I’m cautiously optimistic about Classic. It was really nice to get back into the game again. We’ll have to wait and see.

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silverlock

The current game is more like an arcade game then an rpg, but none of the people I play with now played classic so I have a hard time seeing them play it.

I know I liked it better when each fight in a dungeon run was planned out instead of just being a mad dash to the exit that it is now.

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Doubleplusgood

thanks for the info! I am so happy that they made hunters just like they used to be. I completely agree with you. I enjoyed my classic hunter so much more. I hope we get eyes of the beast back too. Looking forward to next summer!

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Minimalistway

I expected the one subscription but i also expect the game will be for a price, anyway, i’m happy here, waiting for summer 2019.

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Jon-Enee Merriex

I’m withholding judgement until I get to play the demo. But I do like it is all inclusive.

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Bullwraith

I am very happy that it will be available a year sooner than I had anticipated. Being available under the single sub is nice, though I was willing to pay a separate sub for it without complaint. It IS a separate game after all.

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Sorenthaz

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All is well, you can still get the chicken pet by spamming /chicken 50+ times. First thing I went to go check.

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Jon-Enee Merriex

How are you in? I can’t even find where to download. Did I miss an email, post or something?

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Targeter

In your loader screen, go to the dropdown where it has your game clients. The first options there should have WoW Classic as a DL option. It’s about 11GB.

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Jon-Enee Merriex

I see it. They also just updated the battle.net image with a huge arrow pointing at it. LOL.

Thanks!

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thirtymil

I laughed at the comment in your chat log that says ‘Ret Paladin? “You have no power HERE” lol’

That’s how I know it’s vanilla :)

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Sorenthaz

Yeah, that is one of the problems with Vanilla though is that a lot of the classes weren’t that great. Retribution Paladins were giant ???’s, Druids struggled to really be strong in any role due to being hybrids, Warriors were horrid to level for quite awhile, etc.

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Denice J. Cook

Warlocks were very buggy, too. Your DoTs would drop right off a PvP target as soon as they ran out of range, shadow gear buffs didn’t work on your shadow DoTs, and Affliction was buggy and lame. Not to mention you had to carry all those shards around.

But I would take it over Facebook WoW any day of the week. Cataclysm launched and I walked away.

People think we have rose-colored glasses on about Classic, but we don’t: It’s just the game has been going further and further downhill for many years now, and we know the best it’s ever going to get is what it was in the beginning. There’s no hope for the rest.

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Bruno Brito

8 slot debuffs made locks awful outside of Shadowbolt spam. Only the mage rolling the Ignite will top the charts, even when rolling Ignites are a group effort. Ret Paladins compete with warriors and rogues for some gear, so it’s a awful experience for them.

I’m all for classic being exactly like it was, but let’s not fool ourselves. It wasn’t that good of a game to even start.

I love WoW. Absolutely adore it. Yet, it took me a while to realize it’s really a mediocre game.

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Utakata

Didi you get the pet then? o.O

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Polyanna

Of the available options, a single subscription for both makes the most sense by far.

It negates the very real concern from Blizzard’s end that people downgrading to Classic would cannibalize full price retail subs, if a cheaper or free Classic option was available, and it neatly avoids the epic meltdown that would result if having access to both was an extra fee on top of the regular sub.

It was never going to be free, and nobody that has any common sense at all ever thought it would be. Some fringe few will gripe about having to pay, but in the end they will pay, and they’ll be fine with it (while still griping).

And the key point is that it’s available with a “Warcraft Subscription,” which suggests, almost certainly true, that you can play Classic as long as you have an active sub on any level of account, without having to buy the latest expansion. So you’re never forced to buy into a retail edition you have no desire to play.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Though you may, if only to get more gold faster to get a WoW Token to be able to continue to sub for ‘free’ to play WoW Classic. Ha.

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Songs for Children

I started playing WoW a couple of months before Burning Crusade launched, and I didn’t play Alliance until after Cataclysm, so I’m looking forward to questing in the old Alliance areas. For many people this is about so much more than nostalgia. :)