Blizzard is finally delivering on Classic World of Warcraft for fans of the older experience. And even though Battle for Azeroth is at the forefront of their development efforts, Blizzard are still working very hard, and they’ve released an update blog to let fans know how things are going.
One major challenge that needed to be overcome was the implementation of modern anti-cheat and botting systems. There have also been significant challenges with how to ensure accurate management and replication of user data.
You can read more about the challenges they faced over on the WoW site.
“Our initial runs exposed a few (expected) issues: the game sometimes crashed, didn’t recognise our modern video cards, and was incompatible with our current login system, Blizzard explained. That first pass also couldn’t support any of our modern security and anti-cheating capabilities. Clearly we had a lot of work to do to make WOW Classic live up to the Blizzard standard of quality, and deliver the experience players want.”
Blizzard ultimately chose to go with patch 1.12 for the initial classic release. By going with patch 1.12, WOW Classic will not include current WOW features such as Transmog and Achievements. The 1.12 patch added cross-realm Battlegrounds, linking players of Alterac Valley, Warsong Gulch and Arathi Basin across realms into one massive matchmaking pool. It also added world PvP in Silithus and Eastern Plaguelands.
This version, according to Blizzard, represents the most complete version of the retro WoW experience they could recreate. Check out the original trailer for the 2010 patch down below.