Blizzard’s World of Warcraft is about to turn 15 and what better way to celebrate then taking a digital trip down memory lane and visit some of those iconic locations that the old-timers remember grinding away at.
Starting 27 August AEST/NZST, World of Warcraft® players and fans around the world will be able to relive—or experience for the first time—the early days of Azeroth with World of Warcraft Classic™. 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.
With World of Warcraft Classic, Blizzard has rebuilt the original WoW® in its most polished and complete state—as it was at the time of the “Drums of War” update (patch 1.12.0), originally released 23 August, 2006. Included for all subscribers at no additional cost, World of Warcraft Classic gives players the opportunity to re-experience together the moments that came to define early WoW, like 40-player raids on Molten Core; days-long PvP battles at Tarren Mill; and the grand, server-wide effort to open the gates of Ahn’Qiraj.
Closed beta starts… now!
To help put the finishing touches on World of Warcraft Classic, Blizzard is inviting players with active subscriptions to opt in for a chance to participate in a closed beta test that begins 16 May AEST/NZST. Even more players will be able to participate in a series of stress tests, scheduled for this winter.
Pre-order the Collectors Edition today!
Remember the good old days when PC games came in big-ass boxes packed with plenty of goodies? Blizzard sure does!
To further commemorate the milestone, Blizzard also today announced the World of Warcraft 15th Anniversary Collector’s Edition, set for release on 9 October. This treasure trove of collectibles and in-game bonus items comes with 30 days of game time for World of Warcraft and includes an imposing statue of Ragnaros the Firelord that stands over 10 inches tall; a pin depicting the head of Onyxia, Broodmother of the Black Dragonflight; a mousepad adorned with a map of Azeroth; a set of fine art prints that illustrate Azeroth’s storied past; and a pair of mounts*—the Alabaster Stormtalon, and the Alabaster Thunderwing—in honour of the momentWoW players first took to the skies. The World of Warcraft 15th Anniversary Collector’s Edition will be available for RRP $144.95 AUD / $154.99 NZD. Players can pre-purchase today at gear.blizzard.com and at select retailers worldwide.
For more information on World of Warcraft Classic, including details on how to opt in to the beta tests and launch-plan specifics, visit the official website atwww.worldofwarcraft.com.