If you buy a BlizzCon virtual ticket, you can play the World of Warcraft Classic demo at home

Ah, potential customer.

If you buy a BlizzCon virtual ticket, you can play the World of Warcraft Classic demo at home, Blizzard has announced.

Around 8pm UK time on 2nd November, virtual ticket owners can download and play the demo that is also playable on the BlizzCon show floor. A virtual ticket costs Ł34.99.

Blizzard said players will get the chance to explore - on foot, of course - a limited questing experience through a pair of classic early-level zones, one for Horde and one for Alliance. The demo ends at 5pm UK time, 8th November.

World of Warcraft Classic is Blizzard's recreation of vanilla WOW, as it's called. It's the massively multiplayer online role-playing game as it was when it launched back in 2004. Well, not exactly 2004 WOW. Patch 1.12: Drums of War, which came out in August 2006, is the foundation for World of Warcraft Classic "because it represents the most complete version of the classic experience", Blizzard has said.

The classic period of World of Warcraft was two years long - and this period included a huge number of changes for the MMO as well as massive additions, such as Battlegrounds.

Patch 1.12 added cross-realm Battlegrounds, linking players of Alterac Valley, Warsong Gulch and Arathi Basin across realms into one massive matchmaking pool. It also added world PvP in Silithus and Eastern Plaguelands. By going with patch 1.12, WOW Classic will not include current WOW features such as Transmog and Achievements.

Blizzard said it'll issue a full update on where it stands on World of Warcraft Classic during panels at BlizzCon.

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