WoW Classic releases “summer of 2019” and comes free with a subscription

World of Warcraft Classic is out in summer of 2019, and “anyone with a WoW subscription” will have access to it.

The news came during the BlizzCon 2018 opening ceremony, courtesy of World of Warcraft executive producer John Hight. Hight also confirmed that WoW Classic is playable on the BlizzCon show floor, and that if you’ve bought a virtual ticket, you’ll be able to download the demo.

It’s exciting news for World of Warcraft fans who remember how the world’s most influential MMORPG first began back in 2004 (that includes myself, though university forced me to stop before Burning Crusade released).

Hight began the WoW segment of the presentation by recapping the first stage of current expansion Battle for Azeroth, with an excitable crowd reacting appropriately to controversial decisions such as “Sylvanas’s brazen attack on the Night Elves and the burning of Tel’Drassil.”

This set up a tease of the next stage of the conflict, which will unfold in Tides of Vengeance, which has been in testing for a little over a month. We already knew most of what it will contain, however.

BlizzCon 2018 is upon us, and the announcements are rolling in. We’ll bring you the biggest stories as they happen throughout the opening ceremony, and you can stick with us all through the weekend for further details on everything Blizzard has showcased – from Diablo and Overwatch to World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, and whatever’s new from the venerable studio. 

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