Blizzard has confirmed the release date for WoW Classic, with ANZ servers rolling out at 8am AEST on August 27, 2019.
From May 15, select players will be invited to a small-scale closed beta, while three larger stress-tests will be running from May through to July.
While subject to change, those stress test dates are as follows:
- Stress Test 1: Wed May 22–Thurs May 23
- Stress Test 2: Wed Jun 19– Thurs Jun 20
- Stress Test 3: Thurs Jul 18– Fri July 19
Those wishing to opt in to the betas can do so now through their accounts, although they will need an active subscription in order to be eligible.
For players looking to claim character names early, Blizzard will be opening character creation on August 13, with a limit of up to three characters per account.
WoW Classic will be modelled on Patch 1.12, titled Drums of War which released in August 2006. This version includes the Gates of Ahn'Qiraj, world PvP in areas like Tarren Mill and Southshore, and 40 man raids like Molten Core and Blackwing Lair.
It will be interesting to see how players react to this trip down memory lane after previous gameplay during Blizzcon 2018 left some players confused by the difficulty and lack of features only introduced later in the game's lifespan.