Published: Wed, May 15, 2019
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World of Warcraft Classic release date

World of Warcraft Classic release date

The bad news is that Blizzard isn't offering a direct way that you can guarantee access to WoW Classic early.

Blizzard has announced that World of Warcraft Classic will be released for PC and Mac on August 27, 2019, and will arrive alongside a collector's edition that celebrates WoW's 15-year anniversary. Meanwhile, players who want to participate in a later trio of stress tests, taking place this May, June, and July, can opt in by flipping a toggle in their official Blizzard accounts.

Back then, the closest thing that vanilla WoW had to a wiki-type guide was Thottbot, a general RPG news site that eventually morphed into a one-stop shop for World of Warcraft information.

The closed beta will begin on May 15.

And if you can't wait to claim your favorite consonant-filled Tauren druid name on the WoW Classic server of your choice, mark the heck out of your calendar. Participants will also need to have an active subscription or active game time on their Battle.net Account.


Here's how, when, and where users can opt into participation for the upcoming World of Warcraft Classic closed beta tests. Following the release of the game, Blizzard will add in original WoW content in the order of their initial release date.

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".

The first stress test will run from Wednesday, May 22 to Thursday, May 23.

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.

While the server will not be live until the end of August, players will be able to create their characters ahead of time on Tuesday, Aug. 13.

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