World of Warcraft Classic throws players back into the days of 1.12, released in the distant past of 2006. What were you doing in 2006? Watching the news when Russia cut shipments of natural gas to Ukraine? Writing angry posts on The Facebook about Iran's deal with Russia to create a uranium enrichment company? Starting work on your biography of Alexander Litvinenko, the Russian-born spy who was assassinated in the UK? None of those things? Well, clearly a lot of the people in World of Warcraft Classic beta weren't playing WoW, because they're reporting features of the game as bugs.
That, or time has played tricks on them, giving the ol' rose-tinted view of World of Warcraft's rough edges.
Blizzard has had to publish a "not a bug" list to clarify what was a feature of World of Warcraft at the time, and therefore won't be removed from the Classic experience. "The nature of WoW Classic sometimes invokes different memories for different players, and this leads to certain misconceptions for some about what is or isn't working as intended," community manager Randy Jordan writes in a forum post. Jordan then posts a list of features that are "not actually [...] bug[s], and [are] working as we expect".
These include things like "Tauren's hitboxes and their melee reach is slightly larger than other races", "Quests objectives and points of interests are not tracked on the map or minimap," and "NPCs which offer multiple quests may inconsistently display them as a dot or a "!" on the available quests list. They were inconsistent in 1.12, and we've reproduced the exact inconsistency they had back then".
There's also things like the creature respawn rates, that used to be much slower than what players encounter in modern World of Warcraft.
A lot has changed since World of Warcraft originally launched
I'm not sure if I'll dive into World of Warcraft Classic when it releases in August, the game has moved on so completely in the last 15 years. But it would be exciting to remember what the game was like before its litany of expansions.Will you be logging back into World of Warcraft to play Classic? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter.
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