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WoW Classic in August; Testing Begins Tomorrow

Blizzard announces WoW Classic will go live worldwide on August 27th, offering a map showing the times the revival of the original World of Warcraft will go live in various regions. They also announce they will open up character creation on August 13th, allowing players with active subscriptions or game time on their accounts to create up to three characters per World of Warcraft account to reserve character names. For those who cannot wait that long to get their old-school MMORPG on, they also reveal that starting tomorrow they will be inviting select players to participate in small scale testing, and they will be holding the first of three stress tests next week. Here's word on testing along with a schedule:

Beginning May 15, select WoW players will be invited to participate in a small-scale, focused closed beta test. Players will also get a chance to help put our servers and technology through their paces in a series of stress tests running from May through July—you can opt in now through Account Management and select the WoW Classic beta. Subsequent stress tests will extend the opportunity to even more players. Level caps will also be in place to ensure we’re emphasizing the “stress” in “stress test”

—we want to push our tech to the limit, and that means a critical mass of players in close proximity.

STRESS TEST SCHEDULE*

  • Stress Test 1: Wed May 22–Thurs May 23
  • Stress Test 2: Wed Jun 19– Thurs Jun 20
  • Stress Test 3: Thurs Jul 18– Fri July 19

*Dates of each stress test are subject to change.

To fill our pool of beta and stress test participants, we’ll be choosing dedicated players who meet select criteria from both the WoW Classic beta opt-in and the standard Warcraft beta opt-in. Participants will also need to have an active subscription or active game time on their Battle.net Account. 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. We may also consider additional 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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12. Re: WoW Classic in August; Testing Begins Tomorrow May 15, 2019, 08:36 Wallshadows
 
I'm surprised by how much misplaced push back there is not only in regards to how Blizzard finally folded to the pressure of a classic experience but also those who expect more to vanilla than the vanilla experience itself.

Jonjonz wrote on May 15, 2019, 07:07:
I fully expect this to crash and burn, just like every other 'classic' server out there.

I'd argue that Old School RuneScape is far more demanding for players and it's thrived since release several years ago. It has a very populated community, does surpsisingly well with streaming and in spite of looking like a dumpster fire it's showing no signs of slowing down.

I've never played Everquest 1 or 2 so I can't speak as to how well the original servers are doing.

There's also a huge selling point that Classic won't be shut down like all the other private servers. Peace of mind for $15.

I'm sure Classic will have an initial surge of players and will eventually settle in to a niche community. I doubt that it'll ever come near Live numbers even when we look at how bad BfA is doing.

Kxmode wrote on May 15, 2019, 06:36:
Also looking forward to the original Alterac Valley and the opening of the Ahn Qiraj gate world event. Those remain my absolute favorite moments in WOW.

Sort of original Alterac Valley. It'll be using the 1.12 version which has a fair share of improvements such as the graveyard placement but also removed npcs.

This comment was edited on May 15, 2019, 09:11.
 
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