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World of Warcraft Classic

Blizzard shares what goes into recreating the Vanilla version of our most beloved game.

Fans have been asking, and Blizzard is finally delivering. We do not know when exactly, but the World of Warcraft team is delivering on their promise of giving fans World of Warcraft classic. While we are still in the dark on a release date, we are starting to get an idea of what it is going to entail. The Dev Watercooler Blog exposed a few details about modeling the Vanilla game. This sneak peek also served to reassure fans of their growing excitement.

Blizzard originally roped fans in with the trailer posted below in 2017 at Blizzcon. Production Director John Hite has stated that the discussion about classic World of Warcraft has been ongoing for years internally and by 2017 it has reached a peak and they decided it was time.

So what’s the hold up?

While the concept of the game sounds simple, it takes a lot of work. Restoring the classic game play is more than just releasing the base game. Developers say that it takes a lot of time and effort, and carefully inspecting all the changes Blizzard has made over the years. This helps ensure they are releasing a quality product that is worthy of their devoted fan-base.

All their hard work is to guarantee that a player not only gets their long-craved nostalgia, but their authentic game play experience is modernized for current systems and is more stable than originally created. Part of their modernization work is to avoid any latency issues, and to implement a current anti-cheating program and bot detection service. These services do not directly impact game play but are key for optimization.

Which version of WoW is the classic version?

Blizzard tells fans that the Vanilla prototype rebuilt Patch 1.12: Drums of War. What they found during this process was the game was not as steady as it has become now. Developers experienced game crashes, incompatibility with current video cards and PC hardware, and issues with Battle.Net. Developers then decided to build a second prototype in hopes of remedying these issues.

There was much discussion over which version of the game developers were going to work to recreate. Fan-loved features, such as battlegrounds, were not released until much after the initial release of World of Warcraft. After much debate and consideration, the developers decided on the aforementioned Patch 1.12 because they felt it was the most complete version of the game.

What’s the delay?

One of the biggest issues delaying a release date for World of Warcraft Classic is the lack of security features in the previously released Classic game. With it being over a decade old, Blizzard has  become more well-versed in security since the original release.

World of Warcraft game developers are taking their time producing the updated version of an old classing. Rightfully so, because they are concerned with designing a quality gaming experience that will impress fans both new and old. A lot of pressure rides on developing such a nostalgic experience and Blizzard is working to get it just right. By fixing previously experience bugs and updating some graphics and gameplay, they turning back time with a modern twist.

The Dev Watercooler Blog is quoted as saying;

“All the work we’re doing will ultimately allow us to recreate an authentic classic experience on a platform that is much more optimized and stable, helping us avoid latency and stability issues. Additional improvements will include modern anti-cheat/botting detection, customer service and Battle.net integration, and similar conveniences that do not affect the core game play experience. We are looking forward to the challenges ahead and share your passion for the classic game; every code check-in data conversion we make brings WoW Classic closer to providing that authentic experience you -and we- want. Thanks for joining us on this journey.”

What are your thoughts?

Are you anxiously waiting for the World of Warcraft Classic release? What are you most looking forward to experiencing for the first time again?

And most importantly …. For the Horde? Or for the Alliance? Let us know in the comments!