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'World of Warcraft: Classic' Release Date, Features: Summer Launch Still Happening; Will There be Post-Launch Updates?

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It has been a while since Blizzard officially announced “World of Warcraft: Classic.” But, luckily for avid fans, developers are keeping their promised release date window.

The making of “World of Warcraft: Classic” was first teased during BlizzCon 2017. At the time, developers announced that the main idea in releasing the game is to allow players to experience it where it started and when expansions were not available yet.

However, the first specific details about “World of Warcraft: Classic” were not revealed until fall 2018 during BlizzCon as well. It was also at this point that Blizzard announced the game will go live sometime in summer. Delays in video game release dates are not uncommon, but luckily for WoW fans that is not on cards for the classic version.

There have also been more details announced in the previous months. For one, it Blizzard clarified that even though they want to go back to where it started “World of Warcraft: Classic” is not totally made from scratch. Last year, the video game company announced the classic title is developed based on Patch 1.12.0, also widely known as “Drums of War.”

“The first—and among the most important—decision we had to make was which version of the game to focus on … Core features like Battlegrounds were introduced in patches after WoW’s original launch, and class design similarly changed over time. After careful consideration, we decided on Patch 1.12: ‘Drums of War’ as our foundation, because it represents the most complete version of the classic experience,” Blizzard said about their plans for “World of Warcraft: Classic.”

While the whole point of “World of Warcraft: Classic” is going back to its vanilla state, Blizzard actually has a roadmap of post-launch updates in mind. At the moment, developers announced six phases of content updates to be released after the base game’s summer launch. It is going to be a mix of new gears, new activities, raids, and improving its PvP features along the way.

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