WoW Classic’s next global stress test is dated for August 8 and 9

    
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Very mature.

Ever since WoW Classic’s closed beta ended a tad early back in July, would-be Vanilla players have been anxious to get back in there. And you’ll soon get your chance, as last night Blizzard announced that stress testing will effectively resume for two days next week on August 8th and 9th.

“Our global pre-launch test of WoW Classic will begin on Thursday, August 8 at 11:00 a.m. PDT and is scheduled to end on Friday, August 9. This test will be available to all World of Warcraft players with a current subscription or active game time in all regions. The maximum character level will be 15. We ask that players please log-in and play as much as possible during the first two hours of the test – 11:00 a.m. PDT to 1:00 p.m. PDT [2 p.m. EDT to 4 p.m. EDT], as that is when we’ll be actively monitoring for issues important to launch.”

The bluename post includes complete instructions for hopping in as well as minimum specs for the game, which ought to make you grin, given how old this version of the game is. “In our hardware testing, we found that we were able to successfully run WoW Classic on systems manufactured and released in the 2007-2009 timeframe, and thanks to improvements in how we build and distribute game data, the hard drive space requirements are actually smaller than they were in version 1.12 of original WoW,” Blizzard writes.

WoW Classic has been buzzing all week here on MOP, first with a rather startling and revealing interview from Blizzard and then today with our WoW Factor column comparing launched vanilla and the feel of Classic.

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Techno Wizard

I have since moved on to Albion Online but all the best, Classic.

Alyn
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Alyn

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TEST!

Polyanna
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Polyanna

Given they say they’re not actively monitoring after the first couple of hours, they could have at least left it up over the weekend until name reservations start, so more people could get it and play a bit when they’re home. If they’re not paying attention anyway, it doesn’t seem like it would cost any actual added work just to wait until Monday or Tuesday to flip the switch off again.

It also doesn’t seem like they’re too interested in actually stressing the NA hardware setup, since this test and the last one were mid-day on week days and never were available during peak login hours. All the stress realms were pretty shockingly dead almost the entire time during the June test. I guess at least it will overlap a little with Euro prime time though.

xpsync
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xpsync

Pass… well since it’s already installed hmmmm, i might pop on :)

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Akagi

I learned everyone could download the client today, at least people from EU can.

Does that mean I can join in just like that or should I get invited first?

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xpsync

yep just join in, don’t expect to get much done though due to overcrowding, if it’s like before, at the minimum you do get a feel for the slower pace and how it differs aesthetically not only in graphics but the ui as well.

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Akagi

But I played Vanilla only since 2012, I really don’t expect to see that much of a difference.

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Bruno Brito

Avoid streamer servers.