The launch of World of Warcraft Classic is just a few short weeks away and hype for the nostalgic MMO is at an all-time high. This weekend saw another round of stress tests on the servers and Barrens chat was alive and well. As players select their race and class and prepare to head back to vanilla Azeroth, they'll first want to reserve the perfect character name.
Many gamers who are drawn to World of Warcraft Classic feel that the vanilla version of the game puts a better focus on the RPG aspect of MMOs thanks to the punishing experience, weird class quirks, and other features that some might call quality of life downgrades. That said, this focus on RPG means that many players will put a lot of stock into their character names. Luckily, users with an active subscription can start reserving names as of this afternoon (August 12).
Character name reservation for WoW Classic opens next week on Monday, August 12 at 3:00 p.m. PDT. Players with an active subscription or game time on their World of Warcraft account will be able to create up to three characters per WoW account and have the name(s) reserved before WoW Classic releases worldwide on Monday, August 26 at 3:00 p.m. PDT.
The full list of started Realms has been listed and players should get together with their friends to decide if they'll be leveling up on a PvP, Normal, or RP server when the title launches later this month. Players should switch to Classic on the Battle.net launcher and login to the game and select their server and character name anytime after 3:oopm PDT this afternoon.
We will release details regarding realm names and realm types later this week so you can coordinate with your friends on where to begin your adventure. If there are high numbers of players congregating on individual realms during the name reservation/character creation process, we will post warnings about the potential for long queues on those realms, giving you time to choose alternate realms. Also please note: Character creation will be limited to only one faction per realm on PvP realms.
After release, the number of WoW Classic character that can be created per WoW game account will change to the following limits:
A maximum of 10 characters per WoW Classic realm.
A maximum of 50 characters across all WoW Classic realms in your region.
Only one faction per realm on PvP realms.
There is no overlap regarding character limits with World of Warcraft, so if you have 50 characters in Battle for Azeroth you can create 50 more characters in WoW Classic.
This is a nice bonus for active subscribers and is likely going to trigger a lot of WoW Classic fans logging on and offering a payment a little bit earlier than they originally planned to. As WoW Classic rolls out, it will be very interesting to see what kind of impact it has on the WoW subscriber numbers.
Be sure to check back in the coming weeks for plenty more World of Warcraft Classic strategy guides, news, and updates. Until then, For The Horde!
World of Warcraft Classic releases August 27, 2019 on PC. World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is available now on PC.