WoW Classic’s Burning Crusade pre-patch was held hostage by player mail

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If you were one of the many hoping to jump into the first minutes of the Burning Crusade Classic era of WoW Classic last night, undoubtedly you experienced a whole lot of frustration at a maintenance window that grew longer and longer… and longer. In fact, it wasn’t until the wee hours of this morning that the pre-patch went live.

The reason? Apparently there was a last-minute discovery of an issue caused by player mail. “While performing data integrity checks on the Burning Crusade Classic and Classic Era realms, we discovered an unfortunate issue with all player mail. The nature of the issue necessitated that we restore the portion of the database that contains that information in order to ensure nothing is lost,” the community manager posted last night.

This incredibly lengthy period of downtime frayed many nerves, especially considering that Blizzard is only giving 14 days (now 13) for pre-patch leveling before Outland opens for business. At least we got a lot of funny memes out of it!

Over in World of Warcraft retail, the latest round of Patch 9.1 changes went up on the public test realm with a Mythic+ keystone exchange, more Great Vault options, and class balancing.

Source: World of Warcraft, Icy Veins, Wowhead, #2. Cheers, Fisty.
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Bryan Correll

Pfft. Back in my time we had extended maintenance every day, and twice on Tuesdays.

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Arktouros

Back in Ultima Online there was a period of time between the last save and the server going down for daily maintence that would straight up be deleted/rolled back. People (those of us degenerates still up in the AM hours) would celebrate by busting out all your best gear and go crazy at the graveyard killing one another.

Could you imagine that today? People would lose their minds at the inconvenience of it.

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Bree Royce

But it was so much fun. :D

Less fun when every once in a while the devs didn’t reset on time or saved again before down. :P

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creationguru

Some of my best times with all out war. Us that called Vesper our home base the war was at the entrance to Covetous.

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Dug From The Earth

Blizzard seems really desperate to get people to sub and play BC. They even created a completely separate tab for it in their launcher, which they hadnt originally done for Classic. (it was just a drop down menu on the default WoW tab).

Its kinda sad to see Blizz in this state, almost desperate for people to play old, revitalized versions of their games to make up for the nose diving status of their more current offerings.

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Malcolm Swoboda

They’ve had over 1.5 decades of feedback to work with, so I’m not as sympathetic than with many other developers.

EDIT: I mean look at that 13 days of prep time. Yeah good luck with people enjoying your game with that.

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Eliandal

uhh.. the drop down menu in the default WoW tab is still there. I’m not sure how creating a separate game tab equates to desperation, but we’ll go with that!

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Dug From The Earth

Because they are promoting it as its own separate game now. Why do you think that is? Its not just an “added extra bonus” to people who play retail WoW. They are marketing/selling it as a stand alone game at this point. Anything to drive up the chances of the game getting notices, and bringing in more sales.

This isnt a slam on BC, or how good it is. Its a slam on Activision seeing that Blizzards player numbers are going down faster than ever, and doing whatever marketing tactics they can to try to get them back up again.

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notReginald VelJohnson

There’s plenty to criticize about Blizzard, but you’re reaching too hard here. WoW Classic and TBC Classic are versions of World of Warcraft, but they are distinct enough to warrant separate marketing. Treating all three versions of the game as one product would be a) inaccurate and b) a marketing blunder.

Also, I’m not sure what you mean about WoW Classic not having a separate tab…WoW Classic did have a tab. It launched and still launches out of the same launcher as retail.

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Dug From The Earth

Reaching too hard?

I made a simple, opinionated statement involving a marketing change they did.

The didnt originally have their own game tab. Now they do.

So you dont agree. Cool.

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Dug From The Earth

For the reference, WoW classic used to only be launchable from selecting it from the drop down under the WoW Tab (first image). And now, its got its OWN game tab, where it can get advertisement, news, and a launch button separate from the normal Retail WoW tab (2nd image)

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jealouspirate

For what its worth, separating the games like this was a commonly requested feature on the Classic WoW subreddit. Lots of people there only play Classic and wanted a separate space where they weren’t subject to advertisements/news for retail.

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Dug From The Earth

fair enough

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jealouspirate

You gotta get with the program, man.

Blizzard does something I don’t like = Devs are incompetent and Ion has a deeply personal grudge against me specifically
Blizzard markets their products = They must be desperate
Blizzard charges for their products = Kotick meme
Blizzard changes an icon on the launcher = Chris Metzen’s legacy has been defiled