Blizzard has announced that the forthcoming World of Warcraft Classic will be made available for free to anyone who already subscribes to World of Warcraft.
The announcement was made at Blizzcon 2018’s opening address by Wold of Warcraft executive producer John Hight. Blizzard also announced that World of Warcraft is scheduled for a summer 2019 release. Blizzard has also made a demo version of World of Warcraft Classic, which was made available for free to Blizzcon 2018 attendees, as well as to those who purchase a £34.99 Blizzcon 2018 Virtual Ticket.
World of Warcraft Classic is poised to provide quite a nostalgia trip: it aims to recreate the gameplay experience of the original “vanilla” World of Warcraft when it launched in 2004. ExtremeTech has provided more details on the sort of experience World of Warcraft Classic will provide.
It says that when World of Warcraft Classic launches, “Players will have access to Molten Core and Onyxia, the two 40-man raids that Blizzard implemented first in the original 2004 title. The company isn’t strictly duplicating the original rollout timeline; Dire Maul, Lord Kazzak, and Azuregos will all be available to kill as well. Stage 2 of the rollout will feature the 40-man Blackwing Lair and the introduction of ZG, while Stage 3 will introduce the Gates of Ahn’Quiraj [sic] and the opening of AQ as a major server event.”
For further news, keep an eye on the World of Warcraft website.