In the summer of 2019, Blizzard will release World of Warcraft Classic, a fully fledged recreation of its beloved MMO as it was over a decade ago. With that said, let's take a look at everything you need to know before buying World of Warcraft Classic.
Blizzard Entertainment made waves in the industry when it announced that the fourth game in its critically and commercially acclaimed Warcraft series would also be its first MMORPG. Over the course of nearly five years of development, Blizzard released World of Warcraft on Nov. 23, 2004 in both North America and Australia, with a European release following in February 2005.
The game was unique in many ways, establishing itself as an MMO for both Mac and Windows users. The physical boxed release, something that's obviously not necessary in its current state, included "hybrid CDs" that players could utilize on either platform. Also, it allowed for Apple and PC users to team up together via a cross-play system that, to this day, still remains a point of contention for gaming properties throughout the industry. There's no doubt that WoW's release had a major impact on the video game world, and still does today.
At its core, World of Warcraft Classic is all about the nostalgia of the early days of the game. It's a "faithful recreation" of the original game that dates back more than a decade ago. Optimized for current computers, the game looks and feels as if you're playing the WoW of 2006. If you've ever longed to replay, or wondered what it was like to play, a version of the game before any expansions, this is how you'll do it.
If you're used to 2019 WoW, Classic will provide a completely different experience. Combat mechanics, character models, and skill trees all look and feel like the early days of this fantastic MMO, meaning that you'll be transported back to the game's inception, when everything was new, raw, and much more difficult. This is "vanilla" World of Warcraft, and it's something you've either never experienced or haven't been a part of in years.
But this isn't simply a nostalgia trip for Blizzard. The development of Classic comes complete with a content roadmap for the game. Split into six phases, players will have access to a whole load of fantastic content from the early years, along with a slew of both PVE and PVP gameplay.
Watch the video to see what you should know before you buy World of Warcraft Classic!
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A quick history lesson | 0:14
Back to basics | 1:01
Right around the corner | 2:07
Drums of war thunder again | 2:59
Making an impression | 3:49
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