World of Warcraft Classic test release date countdown: Play the game early TODAY

World of Warcraft Classic will be playable for a limited time this week, as Blizzard launches another demo period.

The World of Warcraft Classic Stress Test demo has a June 18 release date on PC. 

Unfortunately for UK players there’s a catch, because the stress test will only be available to fans with an active World of Warcraft account in the Americas & Oceania region.

The stress test trial starts at 5pm ET in the US, and ends 48 hours later. To ensure you don’t miss a second of the action, you can download the game now.

Blizzard explains more: “For this stress test, all races and classes will be available for creation, and the maximum character level will be capped at 15.

“In addition to the open world, there will be instanced content available at that level.

“This will include Warsong Gulch for PvP as well as Ragefire Chasm, Wailing Caverns, and Deadmines. Of course, Deadmines will be a challenge for players to complete at this level.”

Blizzard encourages players to play as much as possible during the first three hours of the stress test.

Likewise, players are encouraged to report any issues to the Blizzard forums.

World of Warcraft Classic is described as a faithful recreation of the original WoW experience.

As Blizzard points out, the biggest change is that Classic runs much smoother on modern machines.

“The drums of war thunder once again,” Blizzard explains. “Return to a lost era of Azeroth and experience the timeless stories that defined this world at war.”

“Combat mechanics, original character models and skill trees all contribute to a truly authentic experience, as do your interactions with other players.

“Your reliance on others to take on the world was at the heart of the original WoW and is at the heart of World of Warcraft Classic.

“Experience the game as it was before the release of any of its expansion sets, and journey back to its beginnings.”

Fans will be able to check out epic encounters like Molten Core, Onyxia and Maraudon at launch, while Alterac Valley, the Ahn’Qiraj War Effort and Naxxramas.

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