World of Warcraft artwork for Alterac Valley

[Update #2]: Blizzard will be opening up name reservations for World of Warcraft: Classic on August 12th!

[Update]: World of Warcraft: Classic's final Stress Test has been delayed indefinitely. Thankfully, the full release is still set for August 27th!

If you're one of the lucky few that have managed to snatch a World of Warcraft: Classic beta key, you might want to check out or test whatever you've been putting off because the beta is quickly coming to an end. According to Blizzard's latest announcement, the WoW Classic beta will be closing down its doors on July 12th.

"We have now reached a stage where WoW Classic is in a good state for reconciling remaining issues, and we intend to shift our focus away from the closed beta, which will end on July 12," reads the update. "Internally, we’re working through the aforementioned bug fixes, testing the high-level zones such as Eastern Plaguelands, and doing our raid testing. We’ll make sure Ragnaros and Onyxia are ready to go."

While the end of the beta will certainly come as extremely sad news to some, I do have a bit of good news as well - there will be an in-game event to celebrate the end of the world... of Warcraft! Blizzard is currently keeping the details a secret, so if you're curious to see what they've cooked up, you'll just have to be there and experience it first hand. Well, or just watch it on Youtube later!

The last thing worth mentioning is that there will be one more stress test before WoW Classic launches on August 27th. So if you're up for experiencing a bit of nostalgia, as well as giving the developers a helping hand, you might want to hop in from July 25-26 for the final stress test.

Once more information comes in I'll make sure to let you know, but until then I hope you have fun with the beta while it's still active!