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World of Warcraft Classic Officially Launches This August

18 May 2019

World of Warcraft Classic, the retro re-release of WoW in its near-original state, will launch on August 27, 2019. World of Warcraft Classic is a faithful recreation of the original World of Warcraft: it runs a bit smoother on today's PCs, but the game still looks and feels like you're playing World of Warcraft from 2006.

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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This release date will place the game's launch almost two years after Blizzard Entertainment confirmed it would release and maintain the game's "vanilla" version as a live service. It's possible that the developer will simply re-launch a couple early expansions or updates, such as Naxxramas or The Burning Crusade.

In short, opting into the Stress Tests doesn't guarantee an invite, but it will give you a decent chance. The official launch of WoW Classic will happen at 3:00 pm PDT August 26 in the Americas.

Following the beta, Blizzard will also be holding several Stress Tests for World of Warcraft Classic running from May through to July, which active WoW players can opt into via the Account Management section of their Battle.net account. However, there are a large number of players who wish to go back to how World of Warcraft was when it was first released back in 2004.

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Beat the raid and you will earn the Obsidian Worldbreaker mount, which resembles the Dragon Aspect Deathwing the Destroyer.

The game is also part of the WoW 15th Anniversary, as well as the Warcraft 25th Anniversary, so expect more from this franchise throughout the year.

The World of Warcraft 15th Anniversary Collector's Edition is available for pre-order.

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World of Warcraft Classic Officially Launches This August