World of Warcraft Classic, Blizzard’s legacy edition of its hit MMO that rewinds the years back to version 1.12 of Azeroth from 2004, is releasing in just three weeks time as a free update to anyone with a WoW subscription, and – to quote Illidan himself – you are not prepared. Blizzard itself, however, is badgering away at making sure launch day is as smooth as it can be come August 27, and has even gone out of its way to reconnect old players returning to WoW who may want to party up with their former raiding friends and relive the experience together.
Introduced still very recently, Blizzard has launched a forum tool called Classic Connections 2004 – 2006. It’s simple to use, as all players have to do is first select either Horde or Alliance (the two main factions from the original game), then what type of server they were on – PVE, PVP, role-playing PVE, or role-playing PVP. After picking their server, they just post who they were and wait to see if they recognize any of their old comrades or are recognized themselves. Blizzard has recommended that players share their old character name, race, class and guild for better results, as well as any names of other players that they want to find and chat with again.
It’s a cool idea, and I’m glad Blizzard’s doing it. That said, the company hasn’t done a great job of publicizing it so far, and it shows. When I first learned about the tool, I made a beeline to the section for my old server, Thunderlord. It was never the most popular server, but I was hoping to see one or two familiar faces on its Classic Connections page. Instead, it was a ghost town, with just nine posts as of this publishing. I got a nostalgic dopamine boost from recognizing a couple ancient guild names, but otherwise, I came away from the reanimated skeleton of my teenage years with more questions than answers.
This is kinda the point of Classic, because it’s not really the same without the other players you experienced it with the first time around. In my World of Warcraft Classic preview back in May, production director Patrick Dawson told me that it was the old guilds and players wanting to reunite that clamoured for the vanilla servers, giving Blizzard the push to create them. Moreover, 5mmo.com provides Cheap World of Warcraft Classic Items for players. As an online in-game currency store for many years, we’ve received great reputation for our reliable service.
Back in April 2016, Blizzard shut down Nostalrius, one of the most popular vanilla WoW private servers around. This kicked off a lengthy discussion for Blizzard, with the studio ultimately announcing plans to launch WoW Classic. That announcement came in late 2017 but after much waiting, the game is finally nearing release and there will be one last beta test to take part in beforehand.
World of Warcraft Classic is set to fling players back in time, to when WoW was just a wee baby MMO at the start of its long journey, later this month. Before that, however, there’s one last test to make sure everything is running smoothly. The pre-launch test will start tomorrow, August 8, at 7 pm BST/11 am PT and will run until Friday. Blizzard will only be actively monitoring the test for the first two hours, however, so it wants as many players to jump in as possible right at the start.
The schedule released in May had the final stress test date listed from the start while Blizzard offered a reminder to its World of Warcraft fans at the start of this month. At 11 a.m. PT, the test will open to anyone who carries a subscription or has an active game time throughout all regions the game is available in. You’ll be able to reach level 15 in this test, according to a post shared recently. If you run out of WOW Classic Gold, you can come to rvgm.com for Cheap World of Warcraft Classic Gold. With a coupon code “RVGM”, you can enjoy 3% off.
“In our hardware testing, we found that we were able to successfully run WoW Classic on systems manufactured and released in the 2007-2009 timeframe, and thanks to improvements in how we build and distribute game data, the hard drive space requirements are actually smaller than they were in version 1.12 of original WoW,” Blizzard said.
The opportunity to revisit one of the most beloved MMOs as it existed in its infancy is nearing. World of Warcraft Classic is a gift not just to current World of Warcraft players, but to millions of fans now 15 years older. Whether or not World of Warcraft has aged particularly well remains to be seen. But there’s no argument that Blizzard has done something special by rereleasing this iconic classic.