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'World of Warcraft Classic' Release Date, Features: Can Players Still Join the Closed Beta?

From the "World of Warcraft Classic" announcement trailer | Photo by Blizzard via YouTube

“World of Warcraft Classic” is one of the highly anticipated video games to be released soon. The excitement around it just went up further as its beta went live recently. Some fans might be wondering if they could still join and test the early version of the game.

The answer to that is yes and no. The “World of Warcraft Classic” closed beta went live on May 15. Being a “closed beta,” it practically means that the testing stage is offered to a very limited number of gamers.

On the bright side, the number of beta testers will grow in the coming weeks for a series of “World of Warcraft Classic” stress tests. However, it still does not follow an open-for-all format. Blizzard explained that they will still be selecting players who can participate. “To fill our pool of beta and stress test participants, we’ll be choosing dedicated players who meet select criteria from both the ‘WoW Classic’ beta opt-in and the standard ‘Warcraft’ beta opt-in,” the developer said.

Unfortunately, the “World of Warcraft Classic” closed beta was taken advantage by some online crooks. “Warcraft” fans must be reminded that Blizzard is not selling or distributing any “Beta Keys” that would allow anyone to join the game testing. Players selected to join the beta will receive official invitations through email. It includes instructions on how to install the beta client and how feedbacks can be delivered to the developers.

At the moment, Blizzard has announced three sets of stress tests for the “World of Warcraft Classic” closed beta. The first one happens on May 22-23, then on June 19-20, and on July 18-19. Players still have the chance to be one of the selected few. To be counted in, they must first have an active Battle.net account, a full retail copy of the “WoW,” and have set up beta opt-in through Account Management.

“While opting-in to the beta is the primary way to make sure you’re in the running to join the test it doesn’t guarantee an invitation to the closed beta test,” Blizzard reminds fans. “World of Warcraft Classic” will officially go live on Tuesday, Aug. 27.

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