Blizzard Starts Internal Alpha Testing For World Of Warcraft Classic With Employees

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Title card for World of Warcraft Classic. Activision-Blizzard

This year will be the year in which Blizzard Entertainment finally releases one of their most highly-anticipated projects, and it’s not even an entirely new endeavor. World of Warcraft Classic, a recreation of World of Warcraft’s earlier glory days, is expected to give older players a nostalgic high to chase. It will also be the chance for newer players who want to see what old Worlf of Warcraft was like, players who were brought on after the wave of expansions hit World of Warcraft and even entirely new players who have not played what is arguably the most popular MMO in existence.

While the hype has certainly been palpable, Blizzard itself has been trickling down updates regarding World of Warcraft Classic very slowly, to an almost agonizing point. In the months since it has been announced, the game has seen one beta, which was its introduction during last year’s Blizzcon. It also saw a content plan for how the patches, versions and updates will roll out once the game has been finally released. A few weeks ago, its PVP content plan was also announced, which was one of the core game’s main draws outside of the constant raiding. Finally, just last week, some of the files for the beta build of the game were datamined in Blizzard’s content delivery network (CDN).

While there has still been no word on the release date for the game itself or even just a closed beta, Blizzard recently took to its own forums last week to confirm that their own employees have begun alpha testing the game.

The post was made by community manager Bornakk, and here it is in its entirety.

Hey folks! I’ve got a small update here to help quell some of the rumors and let you know where we are at for WoW Classic. We recently began a phase of internal employee alpha testing. The new build data that many of you have been discussing over the last few days is simply part of this process. Phases like this allow us to test out the game content along with other functionality that will be used in the live game, like logging in through the Blizzard Battle.net App.

Aside from that, we don’t have any announcements to make at this time. I know all of you are very excited about this game and we thank you for your patience as we continue to develop it. More information will be coming soon!

While we are still quite some time away from an actual working beta build, at the very least development on the title is still moving, even if at a snail's pace.

World of Warcraft Classic is expected to be released some time this year on the PC.

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