WoW Classic: Queues, In-Game Line Hijinks, How To Download, Subscriptions

All you need to know to jump back into the Azeroth of yore.

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World of Warcraft has changed a lot since it was initially released 15 years ago, and as much as players have enjoyed seeing the world shaken to its core by the Cataclysm or picking sides in the Battle for Azeroth, it's easy to miss the simple joys of its original incarnation. Blizzard is letting you go back in time with World of Warcraft Classic, a re-release of the original game with only minor functionality tweaks. Here's all you need to know to jump back in to a simpler Azeroth, which is now available, albeit with some temporary hiccups in terms of server queues, completing quests, and more.

Release Date, Server Launch Time

WoW Classic is officially set to launch on August 27 worldwide, but that translates to a slightly earlier August 26 launch in the Americas and parts of Europe to keep aligned with the local launch times in all regions. As noted below, that time has now passed, and the game is officially live around the world.

  • 6 PM ET (North America) on August 26
  • 3 PM PT (North America) on August 26
  • 11 PM BST (Europe) on August 26
  • 8 AM AEST (Australia) on August 27

"Server Down" Errors And Long Queues

As was to be expected, launch was brought with it a huge surge of interest. As such, WoW Classic players are encountering long server queues and, in some cases, errors about servers being down. Blizzard said it was anticipating high demand and possible long wait times for joining up as soon as the servers go live. You may want to consider creating or moving your characters to a low population server if you're eager to jump in and don't want to wait.

Specifically in the European region, Blizzard has warned players about an issue right now related to making purchases through Battle.net. As noted below, WoW Classic access is tied to WoW subscriptions, and this issue could see you add game time to your account but not be able to make use of that time right away. This will manifest itself in the form of an error saying "active game time is required to play" WoW Classic. Blizzard says it may take up to 24 hours for your purchased game time to register, so you'll potentially need to be patient before you can get in.

In-Game Lines

Once you do get in, don't expect the experience to be a normal one--at least right away. With so many players all starting up at the same point, it's become a challenge to complete what should be fairly simple quests. Because players are essentially competing for kills of certain enemy types, you can be forced to wait a long time for them to respawn. In some cases, players have actually begun forming tidy lines in the game as they wait for their turn.

What's The Same, What's Different

WoW Classic aims to be an authentic recreation of the original vanilla World of Warcraft, as of the 1.12 patch. That brings the game up to its state as of August 22, 2006, just before the Burning Crusade expansion.

The Classic format promises classic raids like Molten Core and Onyxia, the classic talent structure, and the world as it stood as of that time during the game's lifespan. It sports the original game's combat mechanics, character models, and skill trees. That also means that the game will lack some convenience features like raid finder. The studio even issued a "Not a Bug" list to clarify that some systems being flagged as bugs by players were actually working as intended.

However, the game hasn't remained entirely untouched. Blizzard wanted the game to reflect the original WoW, but it did implement some small quality-of-life updates.

"Anything that would affect gameplay we want to make sure that we deliver something that is authentic," WoW Classic lead engineer Brian Birmingham told GameSpot. "Where we feel like quality-of-life improvements are okay are things like, tabbing to complete a name in in-game mail. That's not a core part of the gameplay experience of leveling, and questing, and trying to explore the world."

How Subscriptions Work

If you're already a subscriber to World of Warcraft, you're already a subscriber to WoW Classic as well. One subscription entitles you to both games. The same goes the other direction, in fact. If you sign up for a WoW subscription for WoW Classic, you'll get entry to standard World of Warcraft as well.

How to Download

World of Warcraft Classic is its own client separate from your standard World of Warcraft installation, but it can be tricky to find. It doesn't have its own tab on the Battle.net launcher. Instead, it can be found within the World of Warcraft tab. You'll find WoW Classic in the Version drop-down menu just above the Install button.

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vanilla was very fun, but i really liked the BC expansion

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I want to play this SOOOOOOO bad! I enjoyed playing WoW up through Frozen Throne and then life just became too much. However, I don't have the time to play the game enough now to justify the full-game subscription cost.

Blizzard! Please offer WoW Classic for like $5 a month and then I can treat it like a gym membership! I can go occasionally. I can forget to go occasionally. However, it's always there waiting.

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I enjoyed WoW when it first launched. I played up right to the release of the first expansion.

If I had a lot of spare time, I wouldn't mind checking the game out again as I remember having played it.

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Man, Blizzard sure has found a cash cow without equal. They just roll back all the updates they've made over the years and people will start flocking to it. Zero effort required as no new content needs to be created, but people will act like it's the best thing ever. But I guess it also shows how bad WoW has become today if so many of its players would rather return to the old days than play the current version. Makes me wonder what percentage of WoW's playerbase today are only sticking around because they've become so invested in this game, having played it for so many years, that they just wouldn't know what else to do if they stopped playing. Or don't wanna leave their clan and online friends behind, etc.

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Edited By Barighm

The client state might be 1.2, but the game's content state will be well before tBC launched.

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I still want to know who honestly asked for this? Like of all the people I know who play or have played WoW, not a single one care for this nor have I heard anyone voice that they wanted this. Oh well I guess I just missed it. Hope everyone has fun.

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@jako998: I'm guessing you did not read the article?

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Edited By Barighm

@jako998: There were estimates of like 1 million people playing on classic private servers, and I saw tons of people asking for it, so, yes, the demand is very real. They're also telling us to expect server overload, and they have beta information to support it, so it's safe to say that this thing could be pretty popular.

That said, I'll bet half the players who try it will jump ship within the first week, and the next quarter to give up after a month. I'm also pretty sure a lot of private server players were playing because it was free. I still expect these servers to maintain 1 million players and/or 4 PVE servers in the long run.

*Er...and looking at the classic servers right now, most of the 18 servers are full or High pop, so...they're certainly popular as of day 1.

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Just fix the existing game so it's not ridiculously easy and you wouldn't have to relaunch classic WoW.

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@jsprunk: If you think it's about the challenge then you haven't played classic WoW. I maintain it was the social aspects that made the game stand out above all else. The actual gameplay was pretty blah compared to modern WoW where all of the classes are useful and there isn't anything stopping you from enjoying all of what the game has to offer.

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@Barighm: I agree. But I'm not saying they need to make WoW as challenging as a Dark Souls game, but the leveling to me in current gen WoW is totally broken. It's mind-numbingly easy, and in myu opinion actual deprives people of the social aspect of WoW by making it into a solo game.

A hardcore difficulty option would be a nice addition to WoW imho though, giving people the chance to start a character in a much tougher world, with rewards be much better than in the normal WoW worlds.

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