Blizzard has just announced the launch of the retro re-release of Wow in its near-original state on August 27, 2019 as is celebrating its 15th anniversary.
World of Warcraft Classic will be available for free to all WoW subscribers, who will receive the “authentic recreation of the game’s pre-expansion experience”. Those who are subscribed now will get a chance to play WoW Classic early. Starting on May 16, Blizzard will begin inviting WoW players to “participate in a small-scale, focused closed beta test.”
This is what Blizzard officially said:
“This authentic re-creation takes players back to the beginnings of Blizzard Entertainment’s groundbreaking massively multiplayer online role-playing game, a time when Onyxia spread terror from her lair in Duskwallow Marsh, Leeroy Jenkins became a sensation after some ill-advised heroics in Upper Blackrock Spire, and only the bravest or most foolhardy quested alone in Stranglethorn Vale.”
“Building and launching World of Warcraft back in 2004 was immensely challenging,” said J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment. “A tornado literally tore the roof off one of the game’s data centers during the early days of testing—but Blizzard was fortunate to have hundreds, and then thousands, and then millions of people around the world cheering our developers on.”
“Like many of our players, everyone at Blizzard was fuelled by the excitement of seeing the world of Azeroth from the ground level, through the eyes of the heroes inhabiting and fighting over it,” Brack continued. “Azeroth has always been a wondrous and deadly place, and it was especially so at the time of WoW’s launch, when everyone was discovering its vistas and exploring its dungeons for the first time—all while helping and supporting the company as everyone here worked through the many technical struggles of hosting a game of this size”.
“That early experience was incredibly important to Blizzard. It taught us many things about ourselves as a developer and publisher, and about the global community of players that we feel honored to be a part of. The World of Warcraft Classic experience is very different from the Azeroth we know today, but we love it for what it is and what it stands for. We can’t wait to get reacquainted with this dangerous, demanding, and the rewarding world with all of our friends, new and old.”
The players will be able to participate in a 25-man raid that will run through a collection of game’s most iconic bosses. Completing all these challenges will reward players with the Obsidian Worldbreaker mount designed to evoke the terrible visage of the ancient Dragon Aspect Deathwing the Destroyer.
Paying tribute to iconic figures from Wow’s early day, there will be a special Anniversary Collector’s Edition Box from October 9, this year. It will include a large black-and-gold statue of Ragnaros the Firelord, anniversary mounts, art prints and many more. The box will cost $99.99 and can be preordered at the Blizzard Gear Shop.
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