Blizzard’s take on vanilla World of Warcraft will finally be playable in the flesh in just over a week. And if you’re wondering what to expect, here’s what you need to know.
After downloading World of Warcraft: Classic through the Battle.net app and making a new character, you’ll start out at level 15. The details were outlined recently by Blizzard devs on the official site, and they noted level 15 was chosen so players would have some capacity to “explore and experiment with core systems like talents or professions” that aren’t enabled from the beginning.
You’ll max out at level 19, and players will be automatically logged off after a certain amount of time “to maximise the number of people who can try out the demo”. Those playing as the Horde will start in the Barrens, while Alliance members will start out in Westfall.
Both regions are replicated as per their original designs. We’ll have to wait and see whether Barrens chat picks up where it left off.
“We haven’t determined exactly how long this time limit will be yet, but we’re also planning some flexibility, so if we’re able to relax the restriction and still give everyone who wants to play a great experience, then we’ll do that,” the devs wrote.
WoW: Classic will have other modern concessions that have been patched into the long-running MMO: colourblind options will be there by default, along with improved widescreen support, the current implementation of Blizzard’s anti-cheat system, and all the current functionality of the Battle.net app (like chat across Blizzard/Activision games on PC).
If you’ve purchased a Blizzcon Virtual Ticket through your Battle.net account, the demo will be available for download shortly after the Blizzcon opening ceremony, which ends at 0600 AEST Saturday, November 3. It’ll be playable until roughly 0300 AEST Friday, November 8.