WoW Classic Launching This August, Closed Beta Starting This Week

WoW Classic Launching This August, Closed Beta Starting This Week

You might be able to play WoW Classic sooner than you thought.

While many continue to dig into all that World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth offers, there are some who logn for a decidedly nostalgic experience. The announcement of WoW Classic was sweet, sweet medicine for those folks, but outside of the Blizzcon 2018 demo, no one's been able to play it. That's changing real soon.

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Players will get the chance to test out their memories of vanilla World of Warcraft. Blizzard revealed that the Closed Beta for WoW Classic will be starting on May 15. Yes, that's tomorrow. There will also be further stress tests later this month. All of that is preparation for the full launch of World of Warcraft Classic on August 27, 2019.

That's right folks. You'll be slowly tromping your way across the Barrens, listening to inane regional chat talk, this year. Blizzard will also be opening up character creation on August 13, allowing players claim up to three character names.

World of Warcraft Classic does have a content plan in place, which will slowly open up content over an undisclosed time table. The developers also stated that there are no plans for a content loop, with the Classic reverting to the first content phase after some time at the sixth phase. We honestly have no clue what's beyond Naxxramas in this new (old?) version of World of Warcraft.

If you're excited for WoW Classic, you can also check out our look in this monument to vanilla WoW and our retrospective interview with senior art director Samwise Didier for the 25th anniversary.

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Mike Williams

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M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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