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.