Blizzard has announced that World of Warcraft Classic will officially launch on August 27th, 2019.
Classic will be free for all World of Warcraft subscribers and is based on the “Drums of War” update, which was released on August 22nd, 2006. Subscribers can currently opt-in for a closed beta test of Classic, which is scheduled to begin tomorrow, May 15th.
“Building and launching World of Warcraft back in 2004 was immensely challenging,” J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment, said. “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 fueled by the excitement of seeing the world of Azeroth from the ground level, through the eyes of the heroes inhabiting and fighting over it. 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.”
Blizzard also outlined its plans for World of Warcraft’s 15th anniversary celebration. The developer will be rolling out a series of in-game activities that will culminate in a 25-player raid. The raid will be accessible via the Raid Finder and will pit players against some of the game’s most iconic bosses. Players who complete the raid will be rewarded with the Obsidian Worldbreaker mount.