Blizzard appears to have quietly launched a WoW Classic PTR

    
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We’re all very accustomed to the test realm for World of Warcraft usually showing off every facet of a patch well in advance, sometimes taking long enough that the patch at the end feels almost perfunctory. WoW Classic has not sported this particular feature because it hasn’t really needed to; all of its patches are tested and finished due to the very nature of Classic as a concept. But the observant folks at Wowhead have noticed that there is, in fact, a newly added WoW Classic PTR now present in the overall lineup of product types.

It’s as yet unknown what this might actually mean. Could it be used for beta testing expansion-specific servers such as a server for The Burning Crusade? Could it be a sign that actual changes are coming which were not present in the original version of Classic? Could it just be a minor change that means absolutely nothing? We don’t know, since it hasn’t been announced or discussed. But it’s interesting just the same.

Source: Wowhead

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johnwillo

Haven’t we already learned that some of the content in Classic is not exactly as it was in the old days? E.g., I heard that because people have more than a decade of practice in rushing through Alterac Valley, they’ve had to put some systems in to force more confrontational gameplay. Presumably systems like that would be tested somewhere. Of course, I’m HOPING it is a BC or BC/WotLK test server.

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Lily Cheng

You are correct, Blizz made an update to AV so that people could no longer reliably form full 40-man premades to stomp everyone by not telling you which AV instance you are going to enter. Additionally you can now queue as a group of 5 and killing players now only makes them worth 10% less honor each subsequent kill instead of the 25% it originally was.

So Blizz is making changes to Classic not in Vanilla, but only small tweaks right now.

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Jake Boller

I’d love for this to be a sign of Classic+ coming. I’ve actually been following a Vanilla+ private server that’s coming out soon, and it’s basically everything I’ve ever wanted.

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Loopy

Classic+ would be a dream coming true for me, honestly. I don’t see it happening though. It’s one thing to port an old game to their current platform and a completely other thing to start developing new content in parallel with their retail game.

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Lily Cheng

Didn’t Runescape manage to pull the whole parallel content thing with their two games? Or did I misunderstand something with how that is working out?

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Loopy

I’m not familiar with how OSRS operates as i was never a fan of the franchise, but i just don’t see Blizzard being that type of developer to be honest. We as a community already had to fight tooth and nail for them to even consider bringing classic back – i can only imagine what would be needed to convince them to have two separate workstreams of content development.

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Bruno Brito

Do we trust Blizzard to deliver a good Classic+ experience?

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Loopy

I would like to believe that the team behind Classic is separate from the team behind Retail. I mean ultimately all they’d have to do is keep everything as is in terms of systems and pacing, and just additional quests, zones, dungeons and raids. That to me personally is the ideal scenario.

Oh and give prot paladins a taunt, please :)

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Vinnie travi

Thanks for posting this. I had no idea something like this was in the works. I love classic but the dungeons are so easy, I lose the drive to contine. Vanilla+ looks amazing even if I hate PvP servers….

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warroth weill

I truly hope its not classic+! At least not yet.. When we are at the end of WOTLK I wouldnt mind it because tbc and wotlk are also a part of classic. As a player who have not played original vanilla/tbc and wotlk I would hate to miss those expansions. I really enjoy classic wow right now and each update, cant wait for tbc and wotlk.
Also i doubt that the current actiblizz could do anything else than ruin classic if they where to modify it too much..

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Utakata

I’m not sure I would use “quietly” here…rather “suspiciously unannounced”. O.o

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Armsman

Makes sense. It’s clear they are not just porting the original source code for their ‘Classic’ servers, and probably need to tweak things for newer hardware and to take advantage of new tech that lets them run more servers on less hardware, etc.

If anything, this shows there’s enough of a market for this that Blizzard wants to capitalize on it, and make the player experience better.

(Of course they’re still Chinese a$$-kissing duchebags, but hey they know how to make a buck.)

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McGuffn

Better late than never to start testing a game released 16 years ago.

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warroth weill

They didnt just launch the old client, they merged the old code into the new engine. Thats why it took 2 years of development before they could release it. And only a few hours to start up the old client in their office.