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  • In the summer of 2019, Blizzard will release World of Warcraft Classic.

  • A fully fledged recreation of its beloved MMO as it was over a decade ago.

  • With that said, let's take a look at everything you need to know before buying World of Warcraft Classic.

  • Blizzard Entertainment made waves in the industry when it announced that the fourth game in its critically and commercially acclaimed Warcraft series would also be its first MMORPG.

  • Over the course of nearly five years of development, Blizzard released World of Warcraft on Nov. 23, 2004 in both North America and Australia, with a European release following in February 2005.

  • The game was unique in many ways, establishing itself as an MMO for both Mac and Windows users.

  • The physical boxed release.

  • Something that's obviously not necessary in its current state, included "hybrid CDs" that players could utilize on either platform.

  • Also, it allowed for Apple and PC users to team up together via a cross-play system that, to this day, still remains a point of contention for gaming properties throughout the industry.

  • There's no doubt that WoW's release had a major impact on the video game world, and still does today.

  • "Someone once said that you can't go home again, but they lacked visionand a temporal discombobulator!"

  • At its core, World of Warcraft Classic is all about the nostalgia of the early days of the game.

  • It's a "faithful recreation" of the original game that dates back more than a decade ago.

  • Optimized for current computers, the game looks and feels as if you're playing the WoW of 2006.

  • If you've ever longed to replay, or wondered what it was like to play, a version of the game before any expansions, this is how you'll do it.

  • If you're used to 2019 WoW, Classic will provide a completely different experience.

  • Combat mechanics, character models, and skill trees all look and feel like the early days of this fantastic MMO.

  • Meaning that you'll be transported back to the game's inception.

  • When everything was new, raw, and much more difficult.

  • This is "vanilla" World of Warcraft, and it's something you've either never experienced or haven't been a part of in years.

  • But this isn't simply a nostalgia trip for Blizzard.

  • The development of Classic comes complete with a content roadmap for the game.

  • Split into six phases, players will have access to a whole load of fantastic content from the early years, along with a slew of both PVE and PVP gameplay.

  • It won't be long before players will get their hands on WoW Classic.

  • Prepare to do some pwning come Aug. 26, 2019.

  • "Looks like you're about to get pwned."

  • However, character creation begins a couple weeks before that, on Aug. 12 or 13 depending on your location.

  • And you'll certainly want to jump in early to claim your character name and prepare up to three characters for use once the game launches in full.

  • As long as you have an active WoW subscription, you can take advantage of this early aspect of Classic.

  • And ensure that you're one of the first to get into this retrospective experience.

  • As far as paying for the actual game, all you need to do is keep up with that subscription.

  • If you currently have one for the main game, you know that it's simply the standard $14.99 per month.

  • If you're new to WoW and need to sign up, you can do so via the website, which offers discounted subscriptions if you purchase three or six months at a time.

  • If you're a veteran of the MMO, you'll remember the days of patch 1.12, otherwise known as Drums of War, as some of the best times in "Vanilla WoW."

  • If that's the case, then you'll surely be happy to know that Classic is rooted in 1.12.

  • For new players, what does that mean?

  • Essentially, this patch signifies one of the most stable, pre-expansion eras of World of Warcraft.

  • According to Blizzard, the team chose this particular patch, quote, "because it represents the most complete version of the classic experience."

  • However, this doesn't mean the game will look and feel exactly like it did in August of 2006, when this patch released to the world.

  • Classic is a modern version of the game built using the 1.12 framework.

  • In-game content, including vanilla raids, will mimic what was available in this update, which came right before the iconic Burning Crusade expansion.

  • However, the game will utilize the extensive back-end improvements and changes that Blizzard has implemented over the years.

  • In late May, Blizzard opened up a beta stress test for a select group of active, dedicated World of Warcraft players.

  • On various dates throughout the summer, these players will have the opportunity to put the game servers through the wringer.

  • Check out some of the classic content up to a level cap of 40.

  • And help the dev team prepare for the August release.

  • Recently, Jason M. Gallagher over at Den of Geek got his first look at the beta and had some positive thoughts.

  • He cited the strategy involved in each dungeon pull, something that the game got away from over time.

  • Gallagher explained, "Anyone who has played WoW in recent years knows that most dungeons are now an AOE grind fest."

  • "From some of the yelling I heard, this is no longer going to be a successful strategy come August."

  • Eliot Lefebvre at Massively Overpowered expressed that, for those looking for a, quote, "faithful recreation of the game that it's trying to recreate,"

  • WoW Classic completely hits the mark.

  • He elaborated, "This game is very decidedly the classic WoW experience, even adjusting for my own memory and nostalgia filters."

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