World of Warcraft classic: Release date and what to expect with the launch



World of Warcraft classic: Release date and what to expect with the launch


WoW Classic is coming in the end of this summer, letting fans finally go back to the moment where it all started.


Blizzard said it would never happen, but it is happening: World of Warcraft is getting legacy servers that emulate Azeroth as it existed back in 2006. Called WoW Classic, this remake aims to renew that crying desire to grind that kept so many of us up late into the night. And it's coming soon.

World of Warcraft's vanilla launch—before expansion packs took players to far away locales and significantly changed the core game—is one of the most memrable moments in PC gaming. But that also raises a lot of questions: Which patch will Classic be based on? How will updates work? What is the WoW Classic release date, and how much will it cost? 


Here's everything we know so far about WoW Classic, including its release date, update schedule, and more.


When will WoW Classic be released?


Blizzard said WoW Classic will launch sometime this summer, and now we have a date: the 27th of August. A closed beta will start on May 15. Sign up for that here if you're interested.I`m sure that we here in will!


What is WoW Classic's beta test schedule?


Though the release is a few months away, many players have already been granted access to WoW Classic's closed beta that is currently running. There's a small chance you can get access to it by going to your beta profile settings, found at the bottom of the "Games & Subscriptions" menu under your account settings on There you can check off that you're interested in participating in betas for WoW Classic.

There are also several public stress tests that will be happening before launch.

Stress test 1: May 22 to May 23

Stress test 2: June 19 to June 20

Stress test 3: July 18 to July 19

IMPORTANT:Character creation will start early on August 13, so those with an active subscription can create and reserve up to three characters per account.


Will we have to pay WoW Classic per month? 


Blizzard hasn't explicitly stated whether players will have to buy WoW Classic up front in order to play, but it has said that you won't require a separate subscription to play it. Those who already subscribe to WoW will have WoW Classic included in the price of their subscription. Those who don't actively play WoW will have to pay the usual $15 USD a month to play it.


Why do You keep thinking that it`s bugs when it`s actually features?


Yeah, so it turns out that we forgot a lot about an vanila after 15 years, and during the most recent stress test a Blizzard community manager had to come forward with a list of items that weren't actually bugs but intended features. It's pretty funny that people forgot how unforgiving WoW Classic could be, so here's the list:


  • Tauren’s hitboxes and their melee reach is slightly larger than other races.

  • Being critically struck while using /sit to sit does not cause abilities like Enrage, Blood Craze, and Reckoning to activate.

  • Using the “Automatic Quest Tracking” option does not auto-track newly accepted quests. (It instead will start to track an existing quest once progress towards an objective is started.).

  • Warrior health Regeneration is working at the expected rate.

  • Quests objectives and points of interests are not tracked on the map nor the minimap.

  • Completed quests are marked on the minimap with a dot. (and not a question mark(“?”)).

  • Feared players and NPCs run fast.

  • Standing on top of other players while facing away allows spells and attacks to be used.

  • Creature respawn rates are much slower than in any of the newer expansions (Battle for Azeroth).

  • NPCs which offer multiple quests may inconsistently display them as a dot or a “!” on the available quests list. They were inconsistent in 1.12, and we’ve reproduced the exact inconsistency they had back then.

  • Quests that are too low level for do not show up as a “!” in the game world.

  • Available quests do not display a “!” on the minimap.

  • On level up, the message: “Your skill in Protection increased to 15” was added in 1.12.1, and we’re intending to keep that.

  • You are unable to Polymorph enemy targets that are tapped by players with whom you are not grouped.

  • At all levels of player characters and enemies, aggro radius is set to the intended distance.

Believe me when I previously said – we are in for a fun ride, so many people doesn`t remember what type of a struggle Vanila was.


What's the latest news on WoW Classic? 


As we approach the summer release date, Blizzard is constantly revealing new information. More recently, it revealed how itemization would work in WoW Classic. Without going into too much detail, all abilities and equipment will function as they did in patch 1.12. While dungeons, raids, and PvP features will gradually roll out like they did during WoW's initial release, equipment and abilities won't constantly change to reflect the minor adjustments that Blizzard made with each patch.


What is WoW Classic, exactly? 


World of Warcraft is practically a different game than when it first launched back in 2004. Through a continuous cycle of updates and expansions, systems have been changed, entire continents added, and character classes overhauled countless times. Many people like these changes (modern WoW is more accessible than ever), but a lot of people are nostalgic for Warcraft's days of yore and the way it used to play.


Until WoW Classic was announced, there were hugely popular private servers that illegally emulated World of Warcraft as it existed in 2004. But now Blizzard is creating an official version that it plans to support with continual updates.


WoW Classic will be an almost exact recreation of World of Warcraft as it existed in 2006, just before the first expansion, The Burning Crusade, came out. That means combat will be much slower and more lethal, quests will be less intuitive and dynamic, and getting around the world will take a hell of a lot longer. At the same time, WoW Classic will resurrect that hardcore breed of MMO that so many people originally fell in love with.


How does WoW Classic work?


WoW Classic is built using patch 1.12, titled Drums of War, that released on August 22, 2006. The reason for this specific patch, Blizzard has said, is because this patch represents the vanilla version of WoW at its most feature-complete, stable, and well balanced. But, like modern World of Warcraft, WoW Classic won't be a static game that never changes. B

lizzard wants to recreate the experience of playing WoW between 2004 and 2006 by releasing updates in Classic on roughly the same schedule as the original. The idea is that these updates will introduce new dungeons and core features but won't tinker with specifics like item or ability balance—which will stay the same over the course of WoW Classic's life, rooted in patch 1.12.


Once WoW Classic launches this summer, Blizzard has plans to roll out six phases of updates that will each introduce new raids, dungeons, items and equipment, and PvP features. These six phases we will go thru in our next news here in Until then, thank you for you time and until we meet again!