Blizzard has outlined post-launch plans for World of Warcraft Classic, which includes regular content drops. New content will come to the MMORPG over the course of six phases.
“Our focus is still primarily on player power-progression, but we’re also aiming to capture what it felt like to play in a realm community in original WoW,” Blizzard community manager Randy Jordan wrote in a forum post. “To do that, we’re planning to mirror the approach taken by original WoW, with patches paired together. We’ll launch Classic with content from original WoW through patch 1.2.x, then the second update will include content that was in original WoW 1.3 and 1.4, the third Classic update will have 1.5 and 1.6 content, and so on.”
Blizzard hasn’t announced an exact launch date for phases two through six. Also, PvP content is currently not listed in any of the phases, as Blizzard is “still evaluating” all of the options for how PvP rewards might work. For now, phase one–which is the launch of WoW Classic alongside its Molten Core, Onyxia, and Maraudon updates–is scheduled for Summer 2019. The list of all six phases and what’s included in each are outlined below.
World of Warcraft Classic Content Drop Schedule
Phase 1 (Classic Launch)
- Molten Core
- Dire Maul
- Blackwing Lair
- Darkmoon Faire
- Darkmoon deck drops begin
- Green Dragons
- Ahn’Qiraj War Effort begins
- Ahn’Qiraj raids open when the war effort dictates
- Dungeon loot reconfiguration: Tier 0.5 Dungeon gear, Relics, drop rates and location changes
- Scourge Invasion
WoW Classic allows you to experience the original World of Warcraft game as it was from the very beginning, with the added benefit of quality of life changes. “[We] don’t want to ruin the experience,” WoW Classic production director John Hight told GameSpot. “It has to be an authentic experience. But by the same token, people don’t want some of the funky bugs that we had back then.”