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World of Warcraft Classic is getting one more test before launch

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World of Warcraft Classic is set to fling players back in time, to when WoW was just a wee baby MMO at the start of its long journey, later this month. Before that, however, there's one last test to make sure everything is running smoothly. 

The pre-launch test will start tomorrow, August 8, at 7 pm BST/11 am PT and will run until Friday. Blizzard will only be actively monitoring the test for the first two hours, however, so it wants as many players to jump in as possible right at the start. 

If you haven't already, you can download Classic from Battle.net and connect it to your WoW account. When Classic launches, there won't be any additional requirements. As long as you're a subscriber, you'll get access to the old version of WoW. 

I was surprised how much I enjoyed my return to the WoW that was. I've been playing off and on since launch and have many fond memories of vanilla, but I also reckon just about every aspect of the game has been vastly improved by expansions and updates. I was expecting to miss a lot. I did, but I also revelled in the slower pace, the riskier combat and how, despite exploring this world for over a decade, I was still able to get lost. 

Check out my World of Warcraft Classic preview and interview with the devs. I managed to achieve very little, but I had a lovely time doing it.  

If you miss the test, don't worry. World of Warcraft Classic due out on August 27. 

Fraser Brown

Fraser is the UK online editor and has actually met The Internet in person. With over a decade of experience, he's been around the block a few times, serving as a freelancer, news editor and prolific reviewer. Strategy games have been a 30-year-long obsession, from tiny RTSs to sprawling political sims, and he never turns down the chance to rave about Total War or Crusader Kings. He's also been known to set up shop in the latest MMO and likes to wind down with an endlessly deep, systemic RPG. These days, when he's not editing, he can usually be found writing features that are 1,000 words too long. He thinks labradoodles are the best dogs but doesn't get to write about them much.