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Blizzard details what’s in BlizzCon’s World of Warcraft: Classic demo

Players will get to spend a lot of time in two of Warcraft’s most iconic areas

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Late last month, Blizzard announced that attendees at BlizzCon 2018 — and those that are watching from home with a Virtual Ticket — will be able to step into the old World of Warcraft with an exclusive demo of the Classic version of the game. Today, Blizzard explained what will be available in the World of Warcraft: Classic demo, and how players can expect to interact with the “vanilla” version of the world next month.

Only two zones will be available for players in the demo, which is meant to focus on outdoor questing. Horde players will find themselves in the Barrens, while Alliance players will get to play through Westfall. However, players won’t be able to access dungeons like the Deadmines or Wailing Caverns, and will only be able to duel other players if they want a chance at PvP.

Players will start at level 15, and be able to quest up to level 19. Blizzard has also added a time restraint to the demo, meaning play sessions will be limited by time. However, even after a player’s time has run out and they’ve been logged off, their progress will remain for the next time they log in. Players will also be able to create as many characters of as many different classes as they’d like while the demo is active.

Because the demo will be integrated with from day one, players will be able to access their pre-existing friend list to talk with other players in-game. The demo will also include widescreen support, as well as player report tools for those that might be cheating. Finally, Blizzard has added accessibility options for colorblind players into the World of Warcraft: Classic demo, something that wasn’t around in the vanilla World of Warcraft era.

Blizzard announced earlier this year that World of Warcraft: Classic will all take place on patch 1.12, Drums of War. While the full release date for World of Warcraft: Classic is unknown, a release window may be announced at BlizzCon this year, which runs Nov. 2-3.