Ahead of World of Warcraft Classic’s release in August, Blizzard has now confirmed that there will be local servers for Australia and other parts of the Oceanic region, which is great news.
The Oceanic realms will be available for players in Australia, New Zealand, and other parts of Southeast Asia. The servers are physically located in Australia, and they’ll be available at launch on August 27. The specific names of the servers will be announced soon, coming sometime before character name reservations begin on August 13.
Allowing local players to experience the game that started it all without fear of network or connectivity issues, many oceanic-based long-term World of Warcraft players are excited to experience a new home in-game.
The servers won’t just serve to ensure a smooth gameplay experience, but will allow better connectivity between Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia like never before. In fact, Blizzard only introduced local servers for the main game in 2014.
While the names of the Oceanic realms are yet to be announced, they are currently planned to be revealed ahead of name reservations on August 13, with the full game available from August 26th, 2019. This remastered version of the popular title will see thousands of passionate new players able to experience the World of Warcraft experience that started it all.
Blizzard has also confirmed that the final stress test for WoW Classic will be held July 26 and 27. The test is global, and the aim is to give Blizzard one more opportunity to test the game at scale before its public release. The version of WoW Classic available in the testing period features a number of fixes and changes; Blizzard says testers have filed some 17,000 bug reports from the closed beta. That closed beta is ending on July 13.
“We agree with the many WoW Classic enthusiasts in Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia that it will be a very good thing for players in that part of the world to connect to realms that are hosted in that part of the world,” Blizzard said in a statement. “Planned it all along!”
“We agree with the many WoW Classic enthusiasts in Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia that it will be a very good thing for players in that part of the world to connect to realms that are hosted in that part of the world.
Planned it all along!
We will have Oceanic realms for WoW Classic, with game servers hosted in Australia, at launch on August 27, and we’ll let you know the names of the Oceanic realms before name reservations start on August 13.
WoW Classic is essentially what began the love of MMORPG’s and World of Warcraft alike, unknowingly forming as the base game of an empire that still holds its own more than a decade later. While players don’t currently know if other previous expansions will soon follow the release of classic, it’s safe to say that many classic players have returned to the game and will in theory, continue to play the game they loved so many years ago. Now, the game operates alongside the regular WoW. Access to WoW Classic is available through the standard $15 USD/month regular WoW subscription price.
We will have Oceanic realms for WoW Classic, with game servers hosted in Australia, at launch on 27 August! 🇦🇺 🇳🇿
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