Starting on the 27th of August, World of Warcraft players and passionate 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 re-creation allows players back to the humble beginnings of Blizzard Entertainment’s 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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“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.”

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.

Source: Blizzard Entertainment Nordics

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