World of Warcraft Classic demo extended through the weekend

    
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BlizzCon 2018 may be over, but virtual ticket holders have still been digging into the World of Warcraft Classic demo. Although the demo was originally scheduled to end today, Blizzard Community Manager Bornakk dropped by the game’s official forums to announce that it has been extended through the weekend and will now end at 1:00 p.m. EST on Monday, November 12th. This is the second change to the WoW Classic demo schedule following the removal of the 60-minute time limit last Saturday.

The announcement comes in the wake of a petition to extend the demo started by popular WoW streamer Asmongold, though it’s not clear whether the petition brought about the change or Blizzard was planning on extending it all along. Fan reaction to the announcement seems to be largely positive, though many players on the official forums and on the game’s subreddit are calling for Blizzard to end the demo in favor of a proper full beta test. There’s no word on whether that’s in the cards yet or not, but for now, players will have the rest of the weekend to explore the demo’s two playable zones, Westfall and the Barrens.

Source: WoWHead, Official Forums, /r/ClassicWoW. Thanks, Memman!

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Ironwu

After having watched a number of streams of Classic WoW being played, I can say that I am quite looking forward to it. I think there was a reason that WoW just dominated in late 2004, and it has more to do with the design than anything else. I am so looking forward to getting in a dungeon group in the old way. Wish I could play from Lvl one now. :)

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styopa

Huh.
Seems like a strange amount of demand for something nobody really wanted.

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Ssiard

A lot of people wanted this…

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Reht

You mean thought they really wanted, but don’t…

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Ironwu

Styopa, your statement is self contradictory and also presumes that you actually know what other people want.

You may not want, nor care about it, but I doubt Blizzard would be investing in making it if their metrics did not show a strong demand.

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thirtymil

I could be wrong, but I think Styopa is deliberately referencing the original Blizzard stance, which was that people thought they wanted it but didn’t really (hence Reht’s reiteration of the whole line afterwards).

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Ironwu

Yes, I remember that nonsense as well. But was not sure if it was Blizzard or some other company.

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Ssiard

Probably.

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Weilan

Considering Blizzard are finally realizing they’ve been killing retail since Cataclysm, I’m not surprised they finally gave in and realized how incompetent they are and the only way to save WoW from dying is to make Vanilla available again.

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Zora

I was of the advice to muse how they wouldn’t just announce a longer demo before the con so people would have better incentives to get themselves a ticket, but I think as of late I am all out of rationalization regarding their business practices. Like, seriously, whatever…

That aside, what’s going on with the site, chrome either won’t connect or load the page all fumbled… server-side issues for MOP today?

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Ironwu

I have found that if ads are enabled on MOP, performance goes into the tank. I WANT to have the ads on, but if they are, stuff just does not load well. I am on Firefox, but see the same behavior in other browsers. :(

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Sorenthaz

Rip I already uninstalled it thinking it was going to be down after I got home.