With World of Warcraft Classic just around the corner, - a faithful recreation of the original MMO before its many expansions - many players who have been with the title since those early days may find themselves feeling nostalgic about their old friendships that may have faded as the years went on. Blizzard certainly seems to think that, so it has come up with a way for players to track down and reconnect with others from their old servers.
Introduced still very recently, Blizzard has launched a forum tool called Classic Connections 2004 - 2006. It's simple to use, as all players have to do is first select either Horde or Alliance (the two main factions from the original game), then what type of server they were on - PVE, PVP, role-playing PVE, or role-playing PVP. After picking their server, they just post who they were and wait to see if they recognize any of their old comrades or are recognized themselves. Blizzard has recommended that players share their old character name, race, class and guild for better results, as well as any names of other players that they want to find and chat with again.
While some have complained that it hasn't been advertised very well, the forums have quickly picked up, with now over 100 thousand users using it to reach or track down former companions so they can catch up and maybe even make plans to re-live their experiences when World of Warcraft Classic releases.
Speaking of, Blizzard are still currently running a Pre-Launch Test so current WoW players can get an early glimpse of the game. It has already completed its tests but players are free to keep playing, though it will end at some point today. For those interested, Blizzard have also shared the PC requirements needed to run the game, but anyone who is currently playing WoW should have a set-up that already meets those requirements.
In the meantime, players can still enjoy the latest update to WoW - Rise of Azshara, which released back in June. It came with a bunch of new areas to explore, new quests to complete, and several unique bosses to fight.
World of Warcraft Classic launches on August 26th.