Remember the early days of World of Warcraft? Want to relive them? Well, now you have a date to add to your calendar. Blizzard plans to launch World of Warcraft Classic on August 26th in the Americas and the UK. Most other places will get it a day later.
It will be available to all regular WoW subscribers for free too. If you missed the demo, you’ll still have some chances to play before the launch. “Select” WoW subscribers will get into a closed beta test that starts May 15th, while three “focused” stress tests will begin May 22nd for veteran players who opt-in.
The game is a touched-up version of the original massively multiplayer game in its most refined form, around the “Drums of War” update from August of 2006. So any world-altering expansions or game mechanics that came after this will be missing. You’ll have to focus mostly on monster-slaying at first since some of the player-versus-player elements will arrive later on a gradual basis.
If you’d rather just play the current version of the game, there’s plenty happening there too. Blizzard is celebrating WoW’s 15th birthday with upcoming in-game events like a 25-player raid that represents a “greatest hits” of the title’s bosses over the years. There’s also a $100 15th Anniversary Collector’s Edition of the game coming in October that will include in-game mount bonuses, a 10-inch Ragnaros statue, a pin, a mousepad and art prints. WoW fans will love this.