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WoW Classic Introduces Content Release Schedule

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Blizzard has announced new content strategy for the upcoming WoW Classic server(s).

Blizzard continues to drip-feed us new information about the upcoming WoW Classic that will hit this summer. With the latest revelations about how content will be released we can at least rest assured that vanilla WoW is very much happening, despite the recent spate of bad news for the company.

  • Raids content officially announced
  • Some changes may still come
  • PvP content to be announced
  • No official information about the number of servers yet available

WoW Classic Servers Are Coming – Here’s How Blizzard Will Release the Content

Welcome to 2019.

It’s an exciting time to be alive if you are a World of Warcraft (WoW) fan and Blizzard are going to make us quite happy cometh the hour. After a 2017 reveal of the official WoW Classic trailer, we all set our hopes high that 2018 may just be the year.

As months filed out and no missives came, we began doubting Blizzard’s commitment, but then in November, 2018, Blizzcon arrived and with it the time window for the new game was announced.

We’re all geared up for 2019 release for WoW vanilla, a game that will come with all the nostalgia and charm of its time, minus a few faulty aspects of the experience, and let’s face it – with loads of knowledge and preparedness on the part of the community.

The Content Drops Have Been Announced

Recently, a WoW community manager fleshed out some details about the upcoming content release strategy. In 2018, Blizzard had said that four total patches would be released, but this changed with the recent announcement.

Blizzard's content plan for the new release of WoW Classic.
The original content plan for the new WoW Classic server(s). Photo credit: Blizzard

Instead, the content will come in six stages which was based on both community feedback as well as Blizzard’s own insight in the game. Blizzard will follow a very natural progression with patches, not letting any stronger items seep through the lower-tiers and have balance-altering consequences.

As the community manager put it, “we will launch Classic with content from original WoW”, meaning updates based on the original game, including:

  • Patch 1.2.x
  • Patch 1.3
  • Patch 1.4 and so forth

Insofar as the release of specific dungeons and world challenges go, Blizzard will hold back with Dire Maul, Kazzak and Azuregos in order to ensure that players won’t be obtaining items that are disproportionate in power to the progress of the game.

There are yet more things to consider, the community manager noted. For example, nobody is exactly sure when Phase 2 will arrive, but that will probably depend on natural progression:

Phase 1 (Classic Launch)

  • Molten Core
  • Onyxia
  • Maraudon

Phase 2

  • Dire Maul
  • Azuregos
  • Kazzak

Phase 3

  • Blackwing Lair
  • Darkmoon Faire
  • Darkmoon deck drops begin

Phase 4

  • Zul’Gurub
  • Green Dragons

Phase 5

  • Ahn’Qiraj War Effort begins
  • Ahn’Qiraj raids open when the war effort dictates
  • Dungeon loot reconfiguration: Tier 0.5 Dungeon gear, Relics, drop rates and location changes

Phase 6

  • Naxxramas
  • Scourge Invasion

These content options are subject to future changes, although Blizzard and the community seem to have a good understanding and appreciation for the present content plan. The most experienced players – those who have been playing at private servers in he past ten years – will have no trouble blasting through the content.

Reaching level 60 would take probably less than 70 hours to the most experienced games, although many people will be coming back for the community and nostalgic vibe.

No PvP Drops So Far

There has been little information about PvP with the community manager who announced the content plan stating that so far nothing has been fully cleared up in that regard:

PvP content is notably missing from the list above. That’s because we’re still evaluating our options regarding PvP rewards, as they also changed over time (both in power and in terms of which PvP reward items were available).

With WoW Classic now coming, there are quite a few questions pending. For example, what’s going to be the server’s maximum capacity – nobody knows. How many realms are there going to be? Still a bit of a mystery.

If we sum up what we have seen from private servers these past few years, there were several realms with 7,000 – 10,000 players each. As a reference, WoW Classic had around 2,000 players back in the day.

Perhaps 10 servers for starters will be a good estimate, although there is no way of knowing how regional servers will be divvied up. In most private servers, especially the ones which hit the impressive above-cited numbers, the population consisted of multi-lingual groups.

Not All the Comforts of the Day

Classic WoW will be an authentic experience that will try to overlook some of the mistakes of the past while using the technological advancements of the day to streamline some wrinkles. However, there are a few things that, while great comforts, won’t be featured in the experience, including:

  • Cross realms
  • LFR/LFD
  • Races after Vanilla
  • No content beyond Vanilla (although this might change
  • Achievements

With quite a few details left out, it’s very likely that the game won’t be released until late June, perhaps even August, although Blizzard would have to benefit from the fact that summer is a great time for the community to kick back with a beloved piece of entertainment so a timely launch would be for the best.

FAQs

Q: When Will WoW Classic Release Officially?

The game is expected to launch in the Summer 2019.

Q:
Will Battlegrounds PvP Be Available?

Battlegrounds will be added in the second phase of the content strategy.

Q: Can I Play WoW Classic Beta?

There has been no official information about a WoW Classic Beta, but there have been reports of leaked screenshots.

Q: Is WoW Classic Much More Difficult Than the New Versions?

If you are an experienced player, the game will have its clunkiness, but it won’t be so much difficult if you adapt yourself to the specific gameplay – which is slow and a little more challenging.

Q: When are mounts avaialble in WoW Classic?

You will get your first steed at level 40 in exchange for 100g, if no reputation discounts apply (they always do).

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WoW Classic Introduces Content Release Schedule
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