World of Warcraft: Classic artwork of a fight against Ragnaros

After repeating the "coming in summer of 2019" statement for well over a year, Blizzard has now finally announced that World of Warcraft: Classic will be arriving this August 27th! While the three-month wait is likely going to be excruciatingly long, I do have a bit of good news - the Closed Beta has already started!

Detailed about the Closed Beta test have not been fully revealed, but Blizzard has now opened their sign-up page to the general public. Simply log into your account on the Blizzard website and adjust your beta settings to include the newly added World of Warcraft: Classic. After that, all you can really do is sit and hope you get chosen.

If you don't end up getting into the beta, not all is lost as there will also be three stress tests: May 22-23, June 19-20, and July 18-19. These will be intentionally short and will mostly focus on cramming as many players into the same zone as possible, all in an effort to test the server hardware and the underlying technology. Still, despite their short length, they'll be a decent way of checking out just how World of Warcraft: Classic is shaping up.

And finally, if you have a character name you would like to reserve, Blizzard has announced that they will be opening the character creation system on August 13th. This will allow players with an active subscription to create up to three characters per account. More information about the server names and types will be released closer to launch, but don't worry, you'll have plenty of time to make a decision!

Should any more interesting information come to light, I'll make sure to let you know, but until then I'd suggest you go and check out the newest Safe Haven cinematic for the current World of Warcraft. Enjoy!