Starting August 27, World of Warcraft® players and fans around the world will be able to relive—or experience for the first time—the early days of Azeroth with World of Warcraft Classic™. This authentic re-creation takes players back to the beginnings of Blizzard Entertainment’s groundbreaking massively multiplayer online role-playing game, a time when Onyxia spread terror from her lair in Duskwallow Marsh, Leeroy Jenkins became a sensation after some ill-advised heroics in Upper Blackrock Spire, and only the bravest or most foolhardy quested alone in Stranglethorn Vale.
To help put the finishing touches on World of Warcraft Classic, Blizzard is inviting players with active subscriptions to opt in for a chance to participate in a closed beta test that begins May 15. Even more players will be able to participate in a series of stress tests, scheduled for the summer.
Later this year, Blizzard will be rolling out a series of in-game activities in World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth™ in celebration of the game’s 15th anniversary, culminating in a 25-player raid (accessible through Raid Finder) that will pit players against some of the most iconic bosses from throughout the game’s history. 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.
To further commemorate the milestone, Blizzard also today announced the World of Warcraft 15th Anniversary Collector’s Edition, set for release on October 8. This treasure trove of collectibles and in-game bonus items comes with 30 days of game time for World of Warcraft and includes an imposing statue of Ragnaros the Firelord that stands over 10 inches tall; a pin depicting the head of Onyxia, Broodmother of the Black Dragonflight; a mousepad adorned with a map of Azeroth; a set of fine art prints that illustrate Azeroth’s storied past; and a pair of mounts*—the Alabaster Stormtalon, and the Alabaster Thunderwing—in honor of the moment WoW players first took to the skies. The World of Warcraft 15thAnniversary Collector’s Edition will be available for SRP £89.99. Players can pre-purchase today at gear.blizzard.com and at select retailers worldwide.
For more information on World of Warcraft Classic, including details on how to opt in to the beta tests and launch-plan specifics, visit the official website at www.worldofwarcraft.com.