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Blizzard has this week announced that World of Warcraft: Classic, the legacy version of the insanely popular MMO, will be launching on August 27.

To commemorate World of Warcraft’s 15th anniversary, World of Warcraft: Classic will be launching on August 15. Ahead of this, however, subscribers to WoW will be able to opt-in to an invite-only closed beta test which begins on May 15 (that’s today!). What’s more, current subscribers will be able to play Classic at no additional cost!

World of Warcraft: Classic will be able to dive back into the game as it were back in 2006, specifically when the “Drums of War” update (patch 1.12.0) launched on August 22. Players will be able to take on the 40-player raids on Molten Core, PvP battles at Tarren Mill, and much more.

Along with the release date, Blizzard has also revealed that they’ll be launching an exclusive World of Warcraft 15th Anniversary Collector’s Edition via their website. This edition launches on October 8 and includes:

  • 30-days of game time for World of Warcraft
  • 10-inch statue of Ragnaros the Firelord
  • A pin depicting the head of Onyxia, Broodmother of the Black Dragonflight
  • A mousepad that features the map of Azeroth
  • A set of fine art prints illustrating events from Azeroth’s past
  • A pair of mounts
    • the Alabaster Stormtalon
    • the Alabaster Thunderwing

All of this will be available from the Blizzard store and selected retailers for £89.99.


In addition to the above, a series of in-game activities in World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth will be taking place as part of the anniversary celebrations, including a new 25-player raid which will bring back some of the game’s iconic bosses from times gone by.

“Players who make it through this epic trial will earn the Obsidian Worldbreaker mount, designed to evoke the terrible visage of the ancient Dragon Aspect Deathwing the Destroyer,” revealed Blizzard in a press release.

Will you be diving into World of Warcraft: Classic later this year? Let us know in the comments below.

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