The full release for the service is in August 2019, but before that happens, Blizzard wants to check that things are working the way they should be.
That said, even if you don't make it early on in the beta, Blizzard notes that there will be a series of stress tests throughout the summer, with increasing numbers of players being invited to participate.
The good news is that if you're an ardent World of Warcraft fans, you have a better chance of joining in then less active community members. "Included for all subscribers at no additional cost, World of Warcraft Classic gives players the opportunity to reexperience together the moments that came to define early WoW, like 40-player raids on Molten Core; days-long PvP battles at Tarren Mill; and the grand, server-wide effort to open the gates of Ahn'Qiraj". Additionally, there will be certain stress tests from May through July that will allow players to jump back into their memories of how Azeroth once was.
World of Warcraft Classic, an instance of how the game was at launch before any of its numerous expansions launched, will be releasing on August 26-27 depending on region.
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The release date for the WoW Classic beta has been set for tomorrow, May 15.
It's also World of Warcraft's 15th Anniversary, and Blizzard is releasing a collector's edition to celebrate. "Select" WoW subscribers will get into a closed beta test that starts May 15th, while three "focused" stress tests will begin May 22nd for veteran players who opt-in. You can opt in through the official site.
While the server will not be live until the end of August, players will be able to create their characters ahead of time on Tuesday, Aug. 13. For a chance at getting in, you'll either need an active subscription to World of Warcraft, or proof of dedicated playtime on your Battle.net account.