World of Warcraft Classic launches August 26, with CBT tomorrow and stress tests beginning next week

    
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Here we go, folks: World of Warcraft Classic is now set to launch on August 27th – actually, in the US, it’s the evening of August 26th “to align with other regions.” In the meantime, it’s gearing up for beta.

“Beginning May 15, select WoW players will be invited to participate in a small-scale, focused closed beta test,” Blizzard announced today. “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’ – we want to push our tech to the limit, and that means a critical mass of players in close proximity.”

The first stress test kicks off next Wednesday, May 22nd, and the third (and final?) test appears to end Friday, July 19th. Character creation opens August 13th (12th for Americans); active subbers at that time “will be able to create up to three characters per World of Warcraft account.” Blizzard says it’ll be “choosing dedicated players who meet select criteria from both the WoW Classic beta opt-in and the standard Warcraft beta opt-in,” along with an active sub, though of course that’s no guarantee.

The announcement today confirms what WoW Classic will look like at launch:

“With World of Warcraft Classic, Blizzard has rebuilt the original WoW in its most polished and complete state—as it was at the time of the “Drums of War” update (patch 1.12.0), originally released August 22, 2006. Included for all subscribers at no additional cost, World of Warcraft Classic gives players the opportunity to reexperience together the moments that came to define early WoW, like 40-player raids on Molten Core; days-long PvP battles at Tarren Mill; and the grand, server-wide effort to open the gates of Ahn’Qiraj.”

Blizzard is also promising plenty of fun for the game’s 15th anniversary this year, including multiple in-game activities, a 15th anniversary collector’s edition with a Ragnaros statue and other goodies, and “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.”

Source: Official site, press release
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maydrock .

Can we get a count down timer across the top of the MOP main page…ppplleasssse!

*ducks and runs for cover*

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Jack Pipsam

I’m hoping that putting the AEST time on their release map means that we’ll be getting locally hosted servers as we have on the current live version of the game.

Australian server = instant subscription from me.

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Sorenthaz

Cool, I actually got into WoW back in late August 2005 and my Bday is two days later.

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Utakata

…there really should be a better option to turn off level scaling than to roll on the server that doesn’t have that goes really no where. /sigh

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Utakata

Edit/Erratum: …that doesn’t have it*…proper.

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Rick Mills

??

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Utakata

Er, what’s with the “??”? The pigtails can’t read minds you know…well least not yet… o.O

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Rick Mills

Sorry :)
I’m not sure what you were referring to by “turning off level scaling” as I didn’t see that mentioned in the article. Just a mention of capping the level so there would be a lot of people at the same level for stress testing areas.

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Utakata

It means if they do Classic right, there will be no level scaling…as that was never introduced back in Vanilla (let alone even thought about back then). It’s one of my examples of why certain aspects in Vanilla are superior to what we got today with BfA WoW. The others being a better quest system (nothing is on rails). And real skill trees will be back.

So to be clear, I was not indicating that they will be level scaling in Classic. Just lamenting if I wanted to go back to a WoW without level scaling, I would have to reroll on a Classic server. Sorry for the confusion. :(

…and thanks for the clarification though! :)

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Rick Mills

Gotcha!
And I agree :)

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Michael18

While reading the article I noticed that I started wondering how I might shift some planned IRL stuff around to make some time for this in August. I think I haven’t thought about adjusting my real life to an MMO release since 2012 or so.

I feel young again! lol

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hurbster

DEATH RUN to Southshore. Then I dance.

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Loopy

WoW Classic is literally the only game i’m currently looking forward to. After playing on private servers for years, the whole rose-coloured glasses argument can be thrown out of the window immediately – i know exactly what this game is about and how it makes me feel.

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Akagi

I spent years from 2012 until 2019 playing only Vanilla private servers and nothing else.. whoever says that stupid shit about rose tinted glasses and nostalgia just doesn’t get it and refuses to get it. I have a wimpy friend who thinks Vanilla is too hard, broken and unbalanced and that WoTLK is the best version and I’m delusional for being excited about Classic WoW, but I’ve played it for so many years on private servers and I don’t find it hard, grindy, broken or unbalanced. If I played it for so long I probably enjoy it… or something…

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Jake Boller

I thought it might have been just nostalgia. Until I tried classic private servers years ago… and ended up never leaving them. The game really is that awesome to me.

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Vinnie travi

I feel the same way. I never played Wow until Wotlk and never really liked it that much. Was bored and tryed Vanilla on Private servers and loved it. It is so much better than any game out now.

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Mark Jacobs

I’m totally there. If anybody wants to set up a guild of MOP folks, let me know!

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Sorenthaz

Sounds fun, though depends on what server whenever they release the information on that.

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Bruno Brito

I’ll consider joining. Don’t know if i’ll play classic, but if i do, i’ll play a cool Shaman.

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David Goodman

Heh. Ill keep my ears open too, why not. I still remember my way through Wailing Caverns – i can guide :) damned place burned into memory.

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Dug From The Earth

They said “summer”… while technically its true… This is just an example of why they dont like to give early release dates :P

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thirtymil

Strange, I was looking forward to Classic and then two things happened:

1. I let my sub lapse on live due to BfA / Blizzard shenanigans and there’s that little bit of inertia involved in reactivating.

2. I read the article about tweaking Classic to take Spirit etc off gear where it wasn’t any use – and it’s a very small point admittedly – but it started to feel like it wasn’t Vanilla anymore.

So I’m not sure I’ll be there. I guess I was 51% in favour before and right now I’m 51% not in favour.

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xpsync

“started to feel like it wasn’t Vanilla anymore”

Already it begins. WoW! pun intended this time.

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thirtymil

Yeah, that’s a fair comment. But in reality they were never going to win as everyone’s idea of what Vanilla is is based on perspective, not fact. People want what made it great to them, and for me, some of that was bonkers stuff like wearing the wrong gear because the game let me.

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Bruno Brito

Yeah, but there’s a point of contention to that: Spirit is NOT useless. It’s actually a great leveling stat. DPS/Health increases on leveling are minor, but Spirit increases your regen decently. While it’s not a stat you should prioritize, depending on classes ( i WOULD prioritize it on Warriors, because downtime is awful for them and health regen helps ), i wouldn’t toss gear out because of it.

So, yeah, keep Spirit.

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styopa

Are you saying that you said that you wanted Classic, but you really didn’t?

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Doubleplusgood

I am also feeling that inertia about reactivating my subscription. I hate to think that any of my money is going to support the current version. I am only interested in classic.

I also have reservations about how “Vanilla” it will be. Do they have an actual copy of Vanilla code or are they just trying to reproduce it as best they can?

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thirtymil

My understanding was they had the Vanilla code (or at least the data that made it Vanilla) and dropped it into the current engine. So, better lighting effects are an option as are better character models I think – but again, this is all client-side and presumably optional. I think whether it ‘feels’ like Vanilla though will be something that starts coming out of the closed beta access.

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Doubleplusgood

that worries me. I HATE the new character models. they destroyed my gnome and dwarf female face. I want my old character faces back. I hope they do not use the new ones.

and I also hope they do not do what EQ2 did with their optional client side character models. You see your character in the alternative model you want, but the players all see your character as the standard model.

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thirtymil

I’m pretty sure that old character models are the option at the moment, as I’ve only seen speculation on the newer models being available in the client.

However, I suspect if they do add the new models then everyone will either see new character models or old ones depending on their client-side settings, so yeah, how they see you and how you see you will be two different things.

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Doubleplusgood

Ok the character models will be my “is it Vanilla enough” moment.
If they include the new character models, even as an option, it will not cut it for me. I want to see all the old models and animations and I do not want players viewing my characters as the new models.

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Daniel Reasor

I have ironically fond memories of those useless Spirit gear quest rewards. The search for leveling gear that was actually worth putting on in WoW led to a lifelong love affair with crafting in MMOs.

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sear.scar

>I read the article about tweaking Classic to take Spirit etc off gear where it wasn’t any use
They just decided to go with 1.12 itemization since launch, IIRC the Blizzard statement. I.e. that’s actually not a “fresh” change.

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thirtymil

Thanks, might have just been the way I read the original report.