World of Warcraft Classic, the long-awaited revival of retro World of Warcraft, is nearly here. After years of begging, and months of waiting since that original series of teasers and announcements, fans of the biggest MMO on the market are finally getting their wish. Later this month, players will be able to play the 1.12 version of the game known as the “Drums of War” update.
The installation process is very simple, thankfully. All anyone with an active account has to do is open the Blizzard launcher and then select World of Warcraft: Classic from the Version menu. The Classic version will download like any other version, and once it’s installed you can login to claim your character.
The really competitive factor here is that name choices are going to be highly sought after. To mitigate the mad dash to claim characters, you can now create up to three characters per account before the release of World of Warcraft: Classic on Aug 26 at 3:00 p.m. PT.
Players will be able to create up to 10 characters on any given realm, and a maximum of 50 characters across all Classic realms. Also, if you took part in the Classic beta or stress tests, you won’t get to use those characters in Classic upon release. The faction restriction is also in place, meaning that if you create a Horde character on a Realm, all others on that Realm must also be Horde members.
And with the impending launch of a new/old version, gamers are leaping at the opportunity to reclaim that sense of nostalgia. To help with the process of getting back into the groove of this older version, Blizzard is letting players reconnect with their old gaming friends through a Classic Connections forum.
World of Warcraft: Classic will launch on Aug 26 at 3:00 p.m. PT on PC via Battle.net. No plans yet to port the release to other platforms though, so I wouldn’t hold your breath for an Epic release or anything like that.