During BlizzCon 2017, Blizzard finally announced something fans have wanted for a long time: a legacy server for World of Warcraft. Called World of Warcraft Classic, the experience is to be based on a super-early build of the game, for players who miss the days of pre-expansion World of Warcraft. Now, Blizzard has announced specifically what version this build will be based on, and it’s not quite the very original. It’s pretty close, though.
World of Warcraft Classic is based on version 1.12 of the original game, also known as The Drums of War patch. 1.12 was the final patch before the first expansion, The Burning Crusade, came out, arguably making this the “complete” version of vanilla WoW. Perhaps even more interesting is some additional information provided by Blizzard with this announcement, implying this won’t exactly be 1:1 The Drums of War.
Blizzard states that after “weeks” of development processes, the company feels confident that they “could deliver the classic WoW content and gameplay, without sacrificing the literally millions of hours put in to back-end development over the past 13 years.” Essentially, it sounds like Blizzard was able to get the old content running on World of Warcraft’s modern code.