World of Warcraft players hoping for one more opportunity to try out World of Warcraft Classic before its launch on August 27 have been rewarded. Blizzard has announced one final Pre-Launch test for World of Warcraft Classic. The test starts at 11:00 am PT on Thursday, meaning it's already live, and will end Friday. Blizzard is creating a small-scale launch scenario where players will be rushing to download and play World of Warcraft Classic in one big burst.
To help with its test, Blizzard is requesting that World of Warcraft players with an active subscription download, login, and play as much World of Warcraft: Classic as possible during the test's first two hours. Blizzard will be actively monitoring issues during this initial two-hour window. Players are then welcome to continue playing at their own leisure for the test's remaining duration.
As with the previous World of Warcraft Classic tests, only current World of Warcraft subscribers can play. Active subscribers need only to do the following steps. First, open the Blizzard Battle.net app and select World of Warcraft from the menu. Second, in the "Version" dropdown menu above the "Play" button, select World of Warcraft Classic. Third, click the Install button. World of Warcraft Classic is a separate download from standard World of Warcraft and requires 5GB of space.
The World of Warcraft Classic test does have limitations, like previous beta and stress tests. Players will only be able to level up to 15 is the largest restriction. Any progress made during the pre-launch test will be erased prior to launch, as well.
In addition to revealing World of Warcraft Classic's pre-launch test, Blizzard also released the game's PC requirements. World of Warcraft originally launched in 2004, which should provide an idea of just how hardware intensive it is. Blizzard has done a great job maintaining those low hardware requirements, though some adjustments have been made so that the game can run on modern hardware.
PC Minimum Requirements
OPERATING SYSTEM - Windows 7 64-bit (with latest Service Packs)PROCESSOR - Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 or AMD Phenom X3 8750VIDEO - NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 512 MB or AMD Radeon HD 4850 512 MB or Intel HD Graphics 4000MEMORY - 2 GB RAM (4 GB for integrated graphics such as Intel HD Graphics series)STORAGE - 5 GB available spaceINTERNET - Broadband internet connectionINPUT - Keyboard and mouse required. Other input devices are not supported.RESOLUTION - 1024 x 768 minimum display resolution
In other words, anyone currently playing World of Warcraft should have PC hardware that's more than capable of running World of Warcraft Classic.
The opportunity to revisit one of the most beloved MMOs as it existed in its infancy is nearing. World of Warcraft Classic is a gift not just to current World of Warcraft players, but to millions of fans now 15 years older. Whether or not World of Warcraft has aged particularly well remains to be seen. But there's no argument that Blizzard has done something special by rereleasing this iconic classic.
World of Warcraft Classic releases August 27 on PC.