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World of Warcraft: Classic is characterized as a 'Vanilla' version of World of Warcraft currently in development by Blizzard Entertainment. It was announced at BlizzCon 2017. This version will feature original vanilla-like gameplay. On Jun 15, 2018, it was announced that development was underway.[2] It was decided that the basis of World of Warcraft: Classic would be Patch 1.12: Drums of War.[2] A BlizzCon 2018 panel will cover the philosophies guiding the recreation of a "Classic" experience, some of the technical challenges, and a full status update.[3]

It's release date was announced to be Summer 2019 at the BlizzCon 2018 opening ceremony.[4] Announced May 14, 2019, the global release date was given as August 27, 2019 (Americas a day earlier), with closed and open Betas were to begin on May 15, 2019 as a closed beta for select players and a series of 3 open Beta "stress tests" (dates subject to change).[1]

Playable demo at BlizzCon 2018 Edit

A playable demo version of World of Warcraft: Classic will be playable at BlizzCon 2018 as part of the floor demo[3] and presumably via a downloadable client for Virtual Ticket buyers for a limited time (starting after opening ceremony Nov 2, 2018[3] until Nov 8, 2018).[5] Build 28211 was released via Blizzard desktop app on November 2, 2018.

Beta schedules Edit

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Closed beta began May 15, 2019.[1]

STRESS TEST SCHEDULE*[1]
These are effectively open beta periods.
  • Stress Test 1: Wed May 22 – Thu May 23
  • Stress Test 2: Wed Jun 19 – Thu Jun 20
  • Stress Test 3: Thu Jul 18 – Fri July 19
* Dates of each stress test are subject to change.

Release schedule Edit

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GLOBAL RELEASE TIMES[1]
Americas (PDT) Europe (CEST) Taiwan (CST) Korea (KST) ANZ (AEST) UTC
3:00 p.m. 12:00 a.m. 6:00 a.m. 7:00 a.m. 8:00 a.m. 10:00 p.m.
August 26* August 27 August 27 August 27 August 27 August 26
Classic-global release map
Early Character Creation[1]

In order to be ready for launch character creation on Tuesday, August 13.** Players with an active subscription or game time on their account will be able to create up to three characters per World of Warcraft account. Information on realm names will come closer to launch.

* To align with other regions, the Americas will launch slightly ahead of August 27 in local time.
** To align with other regions, the Americas character creation will occur slightly ahead of August 13.

Differences from Vanilla Edit

  • Soulbound loot trading in raids with raid lock (borrowed from Wrath-Logo-Small),[6] starting after UBRS (which won't have raid lock).[7]

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References Edit

  1. ^ a b c d e f Blizzard Entertainment 2019-05-14. Mark Your Calendars: WoW Classic Launch and Testing Schedule. World of Warcraft official game site (US).
  2. ^ a b Blizzard Entertainment 2018-06-15. Dev Watercooler: World of Warcraft Classic. World of Warcraft official game site.
  3. ^ a b c File:World of Warcraft - BlizzCon 2018 Preview
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  5. ^ Dan O'Halloran 2018-09-26. WoW Classic demo will be playable at BlizzCon and at home. Blizzard Watch.
  6. ^ {{ref web|work=Official World of Warcraft Classic Discussion forum (US)|url=https://us.forums.blizzard.com/en/wow/t/loot-trading-in-classic/131586%7Ctitle=LOOT TRADING IN CLASSIC|author=Blizz Kaivax|date=22-Mar-2018 8:58 am
  7. ^ {{ref web|work=Official World of Warcraft Classic Discussion forum (US)|url=https://us.forums.blizzard.com/en/wow/t/loot-trading-in-classic/131586/111%7Ctitle=#111 LOOT TRADING IN CLASSIC (part 2)|author=Blizz Kaivax|date=22-Mar-2018 10:11 am

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