World of Warcraft Classic coming August 26th

Classic is a unique World of Warcraft experience that in 2006 created unprecedented fandom

Classic World of Warcraft was a game-changer for Blizzard back in the day, infamously becoming the most popular Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) in the world for several years. Blizzard says it considers that era to be the correct balance of the game resembling its original launch state while also having ironed out some of the rough spots of launch. Relive classic moments such as when Onyxia "spread terror from her lair", in Duskwallow Marsh, when Leeroy Jenkins did his thing, and more.

Classic World of Warcraft is resurrecting itself this August, complete with slow travel, tedious grinding, and all its glorious bugs. Players can opt-in by selecting the WoW Classic beta option in Account Management, and the studio plans to allow more players into the closed betas with each subsequent test.

In short, opting into the Stress Tests doesn't guarantee an invite, but it will give you a decent chance. Following the release of the game, Blizzard will add in original WoW content in the order of their initial release date. A closed beta is starting this week.


We don't know what that criteria includes exactly, but Blizzard has stated that it'll considering "factors such as how long a player has been subscribed to the game so that we have the right mix of players to ensure great feedback toward making WoW Classic the very best experience for the community". For a chance at getting in, you'll either need an active subscription to World of Warcraft, or proof of dedicated playtime on your Battle.net account.

World of Warcraft Classic, an instance of how the game was at launch before any of its numerous expansions launched, will be releasing on August 26-27 depending on region. Blizzard will open up a WoW Classic character name sign-up process on August 13 for active subscribers to the modern version of World of Warcraft.

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