World Of Warcraft Classic: Beta Testing Process Revealed

How does one get chosen to opt into the beta for the most anticipated MMO of the year?
Title card for World of Warcraft Classic.
Title card for World of Warcraft Classic. Activision-Blizzard

Blizzard’s preparation for the forthcoming release of World of Warcraft Classic is well on its way, and now the developer is looking to clear up some things about the ongoing beta testing.

It’s been more than a week now since Blizzard has given a launch date for World of Warcraft Classic, and as such, the hype has certainly been palpable. Many returning players have voiced their excitement at the prospect of playing for either the Alliance or the Horde, and battle lines have been drawn. That said, what’s even more exciting is that some players are already well on their way in experiencing this vanilla World of Warcraft experience.

Because of the fever-pitch excitement, many players have questions with regards to how the beta will proceed. Blizzard has scheduled several closed beta tests, to be occasionally punctuated by network stress testing to check the integrity of the servers. Community manager Bornakk once again took to the Blizzard forums to address some of the questions still lingering in terms of the beta test, and how the developer will proceed moving forward.

“First of all, we want to thank all of you who have shown interest in testing WoW Classic,” Bornakk stated. “Having extra eyes on so many aspects of the game is a huge help as we prepare for the upcoming release.”

The first stress test began earlier today, and as such Bornakk added that Blizzard has already finished sending out invites for it. If you’re not aware, Blizzard has made it known a few days ago that players may be opted into the stress test even if they’re not officially part of the beta, as the developer is looking to really push some load into the servers. The community manager then went on to clear some specifics with regards to how they choose people for the beta and stress test.

“Related to this, we’ve seen a lot of questions about the general invite process and want to clarify a few things,” Bornakk added. “The method in which people are invited from the opt-in pool is not on a first-come-first-served basis, but instead we look at a variety of factors such as the age of the account.”

Bornakk also mentioned that the invites for the closed beta are declining in number as they are reaching the optimal numbers that Blizzard needs. It may not be too late though, and if you haven’t signed up yet, you may do so here.

World of Warcraft Classic is set to be released on August 27, 2019 for the PC.

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