WoW Classic is coming much sooner than you’d think

Party like it’s 2006!

Credit: Blizzard Entertainment

After announcing the official throwback servers at BlizzCon 2017, Blizzard have given the long-awaited World of Warcraft: Classic a worldwide release date of Tuesday August 27, 2019 - just in time for the game’s 15th anniversary.

“Azeroth has always been a wondrous and deadly place,” said J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard.

“It was especially so at the time of WoW’s launch, when everyone was discovering its vistas and exploring its dungeons for the first time.”

World of Warcraft: ClassicCredit: Blizzard Entertainment
World of Warcraft: Classic

WoW players with current subscriptions will be able to experience the game as it was at the 1.12.0 “Drums of War” update, originally released in late August 2006 - though more content is slated to come. The retro game will have modern servers with full support, and Blizzard will (hopefully) be ironing out some of the bugs present at the time.

[Related: 10 biggest changes in the history of World of Warcraft]

Players with active subscriptions will be able to create up to three characters starting on August 13th. The servers will launch at 8:00am AEST/10:00am NZST on 27th August.

For a select few, the closed beta of WoW Classic will start tomorrow (16th May AEST). Interested players can sign up on the WoW website for a chance to be included. Blizzard will also be holding additional server stress tests throughout the next few months.

There will also be activities in the current expansion, Battle for Azeroth, to celebrate the game’s 15th anniversary on November 23rd. Though Blizzard are yet to announce exact details, they’ve said that the questline will end with 25-player raids against iconic bosses from the game’s history. Those who are successful will receive the Obsidian Worldbreaker mount, designed to resemble Deathwing the Destroyer.

Also announced today was the WoW 15th Anniversary Collector’s Edition, with a bunch of goodies for super fans to be released on 9th October. Along with a 30-day WoW pass, the collectibles include:  

  • a 10-inch statue of Ragnaros the Firelord

  • an Onyxia pin

  • a mousepad with a map of Azeroth

  • a set of Azeroth art prints

  • two in-game mounts - the Alabaster Stormtalon for Alliance characters, and the Alabaster Thunderwing for Horde characters.

The World of Warcraft 15th Anniversary Collector's EditionCredit: Blizzard Entertainment
The World of Warcraft 15th Anniversary Collector's Edition

If you decide to purchase the mounts in August when they become available, before attaching the Collector’s edition to your account, you’ll receive US$25 back to your Blizzard Balance.

For more information on anything WoW related, including details on how to opt in to the beta tests and launch-plan specifics, visit their official website.

Join the newsletter!


Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags world of warcraftBlizzard Entertainmentwow classic

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Sarah Lewis

Sarah Lewis

PC World
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers


This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang


It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries


As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr


The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?