At BlizzCon 2017 Blizzard Entertainment has announced World of Warcraft Classic – a separate version of World of Warcraft, which will be much closer to the “vanilla” version of the game. The company immediately warned: the development is at an early stage, many issues have not been resolved yet. On the eve of Blizzard opened the veil of secrecy and told what patch based World of Warcraft Classic.
For the starting point took an update 1.12 called Drums of War. This is the last major patch for the “vanilla” World of Warcraft – after it came to the first edition of The Burning Crusade. According to Blizzard, version 1.12 most fully reflects the gaming impressions of the original “Vovka”.
After the authors decided on the starting point, they raised old archives and collected a version of World of Warcraft 1.12 for internal testing. The team could create characters, as well as perform quests and pump at a basic level. The first tests revealed a bunch of problems: the game “crashed”, did not recognize the current video card and refused to be friends with the current system of logging into the Battle.net account. In addition, 1.12 did not withstand modern standards of security and combat cheaters. In general, the developers felt that a lot of work lies ahead.
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Blizzard began to prepare the second prototype. At this stage, the team thought: is it possible to combine the game data 1.12 with the code of modern servers World of Warcraft? Such an association would allow us to recreate classical systems like ranks of skills, old quests and locations, talents and so on. However, newer possibilities such as transmogrification or achievements would disappear – they simply are not present in the game data 1.12.
After several weeks of research and experiments, the developers made sure: yes, they will be able to collect the classic gameplay of World of Warcraft without sacrificing 13 years of development of the server component. Blizzard laid the foundation for modern architecture, which includes many important elements of security and stability, and will make version 1.12 on it. The whole difference that will appear between World of Warcraft Classic and the real “vanilla” World of Warcraft, the developers will be able to fix and adjust to the required values.
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In the official blog, you can read more about the development process. Recall that the release date for World of Warcraft Classic yet. But in February, Blizzard showed the video, which fans considered the first gameplay of the classic “Vovka”.
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