All World of Warcraft subscribers receive the
authentic re-creation of the game’s pre-expansion experience at no
Current subscribers can opt in to an invite-only closed beta test,
scheduled to begin May 15
Commemorate a major milestone in Azeroth’s history with the World of
Warcraft 15th Anniversary Collector’s Edition, available for preorder at gear.blizzard.com
IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 14, 2019--
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.
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World of Warcraft Classic takes players back to the beginnings of Blizzard Entertainment’s groundbreaking massively multiplayer online role-playing game. (Photo: Business Wire)
With World of Warcraft Classic, Blizzard has rebuilt the original WoW®
in its most polished and complete state—as it was at the time of the
“Drums of War” update (patch 1.12.0), originally released August 22,
2006. Included for all subscribers at no additional cost, World of
Warcraft Classic gives players the opportunity to reexperience
together the moments that came to define early WoW, like
40-player raids on Molten Core; days-long PvP battles at Tarren Mill;
and the grand, server-wide effort to open the gates of Ahn’Qiraj.
“Building and launching World of Warcraft back in 2004 was
immensely challenging,” said J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard
Entertainment. “A tornado literally tore the roof off one of the game’s
data centers during the early days of testing—but Blizzard was fortunate
to have hundreds, and then thousands, and then millions of people around
the world cheering our developers on.
“Like many of our players, everyone at Blizzard was fueled by the
excitement of seeing the world of Azeroth from the ground level, through
the eyes of the heroes inhabiting and fighting over it,” Brack
continued. “Azeroth has always been a wondrous and deadly place, and it
was especially so at the time of WoW’s launch, when everyone was
discovering its vistas and exploring its dungeons for the first time—all
while helping and supporting the company as everyone here worked through
the many technical struggles of hosting a game of this size.
“That early experience was incredibly important to Blizzard. It taught
us many things about ourselves as a developer and publisher, and about
the global community of players that we feel honored to be a part of.
The World of Warcraft Classic experience is very different from
the Azeroth we know today, but we love it for what it is and what it
stands for. We can’t wait to get reacquainted with this dangerous,
demanding, and rewarding world with all of our friends, new and old.”
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.
Anniversary In-Game Celebration & Collector’s Edition
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 15thanniversary,
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’shistory. 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 15th Anniversary
Collector’s Edition will be available for SRP $99.99. Players can
pre-purchase today at gear.blizzard.comand 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.
Assets available at: blizzard.gamespress.com/World-of-Warcraft.
*Mounts will also be available for purchase as a
standalone bundle in-game and from the Blizzard Shop in August; also
note that they are unusable in World of Warcraft Classic (because
they didn’t exist as of patch 1.12.0).
About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft®,
the Warcraft®, StarCraft®,
and Diablo® franchises, and the multi-franchise Heroes
of the Storm®, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com),
a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer
and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of
the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment’s
track record includes twenty-two #1 games†and multiple Game
of the Year awards. The company's online gaming service, Blizzard
Battle.net®, is one of the largest online-gaming services in
the world, with millions of active players.
†Sales and/or downloads, based on internal company records and
reports from key distributors.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking
Statements: Information in this press release that involves
Blizzard Entertainment's expectations, plans, intentions or strategies
regarding the future, including statements about the gameplay, features,
and functionality of World of Warcraft®,
World of Warcraft Classic™ and its corresponding
beta tests, and the World of Warcraft 15th Anniversary
Collector’s Edition are forward-looking statements that are not facts
and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Factors that could
cause Blizzard Entertainment's actual future results to differ
materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements set
forth in this release include unanticipated product delays and other
factors identified in the risk factors sections of Activision Blizzard’s
most recent annual report on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly
reports on Form 10-Q. The forward-looking statements in this release are
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Activision Blizzard as of the date of this release, and neither Blizzard
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and may cause actual results to differ materially from current
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