World of Warcraft Classic release date

Classic is a social game that requires players to work together in order to obtain a large amount of the games most valuable gear and treasures

Blizzard Entertainment made it official on Tuesday when it revealed World of Warcraft Classic will launch in August.

World of Warcraft Classic lets you play the game as it existed nearly 15 years ago, upon the release of the 1.12 "Drums of War" update.

Classic's arrival is part of Blizzard's celebration of 15 years of WoW (and 25 years of Warcraft). 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.

The first stress test will run from Wednesday, May 22 to Thursday, May 23. While opting-in to the beta is the primary way to make sure you're in the running to join the test it doesn't guarantee an invitation to the closed beta test. WoW Classic will also be releasing content in phases, following the original order of content releases.

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".

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Blizzard notes that the dates are all subject to change, and that players will need active subscription time to get into any of the tests.

Ahead of the August 27 release date, character creation options will be going live earlier.

Much like the developers of RuneScape (Jagex) learned back in 2013 when they launched "Old School RuneScape" (a nostalgic, 2007-themed version of the browser MMO), World of Warcraft developer Blizzard has found that there's a significant demand for a similar "Classic" server.

Players who want to secure their name for WoW Classic can create their character starting on August 13.

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