The authentic launch day experience

Wouldn’t really be a Blizzard launch day without 5 hour queues would it?

I managed to jump on one of the newer realms (Dreadmist) that went up in the past hour or so to have a look around and it’s already medium pop.

So much for layering!

At this point I think it’s best just to log off and forget about Classic for another week or so. I’d imagine that a lot of people took this week off work to play and also by next week the tourists will be so fed up of queues and camping quest mobs that they’ll just give up.

Fingers crossed.

Tom :]

Realm names announced

Blizzard have announced the realm names and I can’t help but think the US got the better end of the stick here.

I mean Shazzrah, really?

Realm NameTypeLanguage
Hydraxian WaterlordsRPEnglish
Mirage RacewayNormalEnglish
Pyrewood VillageNormalEnglish
Zandalar TribeRP-PvPEnglish
Aerythlea, Community Manager

Nevermind, I’ll be on Golemagg because it’s the least ridiculous sounding of the two PvP realms.

Update: I’ll be on Shazzrah after all, looks like there’s going to be a decent UK population on that realm.

Tom :]

Pre-launch test and system requirements!

Yes, your toaster can run Classic.

See you guys on the 8th!

Our global pre-launch test of WoW Classic will begin on Thursday, August 8 at 11:00 a.m. PDT and is scheduled to end on Friday, August 9. This test will be available to all World of Warcraft players with a current subscription or active game time in all regions. The maximum character level will be 15.

We ask that players please log-in and play as much as possible during the first two hours of the test – 11:00 a.m. PDT to 1:00 p.m. PDT, as that is when we’ll be actively monitoring for issues important to launch.

WoW Classic is now ready for all players to install from the Blizzard Desktop App in advance of the test. To install WoW Classic:

1. Open the Blizzard Desktop App and select World of Warcraft in the game selection menu on the left.
2. Under the Version dropdown menu, select World of Warcraft Classic. If you have more than one World of Warcraft account, you’ll see a second dropdown for Account. In that column, select the active account to associate with your WoW Classic install.
3. Click the Install button. You’ll see an installation progress bar that will show you when the installation is complete.

Minimum Specs

We’ve finalized the minimum specifications required to play WoW Classic on PC or Mac. Please note that these are much lower than the minimum specs required to play Battle for Azeroth. Recommended specs are the same for both.

In our hardware testing, we found that we were able to successfully run WoW Classic on systems manufactured and released in the 2007-2009 timeframe, and thanks to improvements in how we build and distribute game data, the hard drive space requirements are actually smaller than they were in version 1.12 of original WoW.

OPERATING SYSTEM – Windows® 7 64-bit (with latest Service Packs)
PROCESSOR – Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6600 or AMD Phenom™ X3 8750
VIDEO – NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 GT 512 MB or AMD Radeon™ HD 4850 512 MB or Intel® HD Graphics 4000
MEMORY – 2 GB RAM (4 GB for integrated graphics such as Intel HD Graphics series)
STORAGE – 5 GB available space
INTERNET – Broadband internet connection
INPUT – Keyboard and mouse required. Other input devices are not supported.
RESOLUTION – 1024 x 768 minimum display resolution

OPERATING SYSTEM – MacOS® 10.12 (latest version)
PROCESSOR – Intel® Core™ i5, 2.0 GHz or better
VIDEO – Metal capable GPU with 1 GB VRAM
MEMORY – 2 GB RAM (4GB for integrated graphics such as Intel HD Graphics series)
INTERNET – Broadband internet connection
INPUT – Keyboard and mouse required. Other input devices are not supported.
RESOLUTION – 1024 x 768 minimum display resolution

We’ll see you in Azeroth on Thursday, August 8 at 11:00 a.m. PDT!

Kaivax, Community Manager

Tom :]

Counting down the days

There are exactly 31 days, 11 hours and 41 minutes remaining until Classic is released, not that I’m counting.

I mentioned in my first post that I’d check out the latest retail patch (Tides of Vengeance) to try and pass some time whilst waiting for the real game. So last week I grabbed a beer or two, re-installed everything and jumped back into the World of Warcraft for the first time in a while.

My intention was to create a post full of screenshots and little stories about exploring the new zones and quests, much like I plan to do with Classic. I realised very quickly after logging in that this wasn’t going to work with retail, the pacing is far too quick for anything to be meaningful or exciting.

Within the first hour I’d already killed a world boss with 20 or so other players that I was basically thrown into a group with. The whole thing was over in a few minutes, I was rewarded with Tidal Lurker’s Greathelm (a pretty sizeable upgrade for me) and all the while not a single word was said in chat before the group abruptly disbanded.

They say that the definition of insanity is repeating the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Retail is just the same old hamster wheel that I remember it to be, I’m not sure why I thought it would be any different this time around. I’m also ever so slightly annoyed that I re-subscribed earlier than I needed to for Classic, oh well.

With that in mind, posts will probably be pretty scarce between now and launch day – sorry!

Tom :]