Just a few short years ago in 2016, the World of Warcraft community caught fire after a popular rogue private vanilla server threatened with legal action pivoted to agitate for Blizzard to revisit the idea of progression servers then taking off across the MMO industry, complete with petition and live meetings. Though at first the posturing had seemed like a joke – you guys remember Nostalrius’ “core values” demands, right? – by 2017’s BlizzCon, Blizzard had come ’round to the idea and announced WoW Classic, putting to rest the “you think you do but you don’t” meme. Now, almost two years on, the official WoW Classic is finally launching to the public. And we do mean the public. Even Nostalrius offered some congrats to the Classic team. The servers are expected to go live at 6 p.m. EDT this evening, simultaneously around the globe, so you west coasters will still be at work, and the Europeans will be heading off to … [Read more...] about WoW Classic’s servers are live – have fun in your queues!
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There’s one last round of testing for World of Warcraft: Classic in the bank, one last chance for everyone who wants to test to get in there. Whether or not you need it is another story; it seems plenty of people are already eager enough to get in based on name reservations. So things feel like they’re on track, but hey, more beta time. Other beta news, ahoy! Port bow or whatever! Hooray, cheering! Hooray, an entire list of things in testing just below! Hooray, a comment section wherein you can let us know if something should be off the list or just let us know about any betas you’re playing right now! Hooray for some dudes! As always, we consider an MMO to be in open testing if it features free, public signups and will server wipe prior to launch. An MMO is marked in closed testing if it’s running a private test phase that cannot freely be accessed by the general public; it’s usually under NDA as well. Early access and crowdfunded MMOs whose … [Read more...] about Betawatch: World of Warcraft: Classic wraps up its testing time
May 26, 2016 will go down in video game history as the date that the MMORPG genre was saved from oblivion. That was the fateful day that former Blizzard World of Warcraft Team Lead Mark Kern met with then President of Blizzard Mike Morhaime to present him with a petition of thousands of signatures clamoring for Blizzard to create an official classic version of the original WoW. Eventually, Mike Morhaime saw the wisdom of listening to the pleas of legions of disaffected WoW fans and finally relented. Later that year at BlizzCon 2017, a previous skeptical J. Allen Brack announced the good news that Blizzard would be indeed making World of Warcraft: Classic. For years, many hardcore and veteran WoW players unhappy with the state of WoW were playing on private legacy servers. They did this because the current version of WoW of 2018 was and is a mere shadow of the WoW of 2004. After years of bad decision decisions that streamlined gameplay, eroded challenge and minimized social interaction … [Read more...] about Why World of Warcraft Classic will Save the MMORPG Genre
It is probably not a surprise that players with access to the World of Warcraft Classic demo download have already cracked open the client and started playing… in a way. YouTuber Dodgy Kebaab has posted a video of running about in the classic client in a sandbox server, which means no quests, no NPCs, no… well, anything. But you can see what the Classic client looks like and compare it to things like private servers, which is relevant. There are, to be fair, some graphical differences between the client and the classic game, graphical options which didn’t exist at the time, better lighting, and so forth. There is a button to revert the Classic client back to looking like the 2005 version of the game, which is nice for those who want to experience the game in its most true-to-life version. Check out the video below if you’d like to see the demo before you play it as part of the virtual ticket or just get to see more footage of it when people do start playing. … [Read more...] about The World of Warcraft Classic demo has been cracked open and explored (somewhat)
We spent most of this week watching the slow-motion (and not-so-slow-motion) implosion of a well-known company, so it’s easy for big beta news to have been put on the sidelines. For example, did you notice that World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is in beta testing now? Any other week that would be up for headlines! It kind of got tossed to the back burner this week. There was other news, too, including lots of launch dates. Don’t believe me? Well, just check this out: We can start with Durango: Wild Lands as it approaches launch on mobile. If you felt like there were not enough dinosaurs on your mobile device, that comes out next month. Open beta is arriving for Legends of Aria in June, or at least that’s the plan. No precise date just yet, but it does mean that May will be pretty busy. Going for broke, Wild West Online is just straight-up launching on May 10th. No backsies, no ascending stages of testing, just launch. That is… gutsy. That’s some guts. … [Read more...] about Betawatch: World of Warcraft moves Battle for Azeroth to beta testing (April 27, 2018)