World of Warcraft /
18 May 2019 11:04 AM PDT
It’s 2005 all over again, for better or worse.
By Joseph Knoop
World of Warcraft Classic is Blizzard’s attempt to bring back the spirit of its early glory days. That’s not because its suffering (not more so than any other modern MMO), but because the land of Azeroth and how people play around in it has changed so much in the 15 years since launch. That said, a part of the charm included a few “bugs” or “features” that even more experienced players may have forgotten about.
“As we’ve discussed before, 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,” Blizzard wrote.
Some standouts include “feared players and NPCs run fast” and “standing on top of other players while facing away allows spells and attacks to be used.”
Some of the “bugs/features” show just how much World of Warcraft has changed, enough so to warrant an official return to its original state for dedicated fans. Previously, players were only able to play a “vanilla” version of World of Warcraft on illegal custom servers that aimed to emulate the experience.
You can find the full list Blizzard has provided below:
Tauren’s hitboxes and their melee reach is slightly larger than other races.
Being critically struck while using /sit to sit does not cause abilities like Enrage, Blood Craze, and Reckoning to activate.
Using the “Automatic Quest Tracking” option does not auto-track newly accepted quests. (It instead will start to track an existing quest once progress towards an objective is started.)
Warrior health Regeneration is working at the expected rate.
Quests objectives and points of interests are not tracked on the map or minimap.
Completed quests are marked on the minimap with a dot. (and not a “?”)
Feared players and NPCs run fast.
Standing on top of other players while facing away allows spells and attacks to be used.
Creature respawn rates are much slower than in Battle for Azeroth.
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.
Quests that are too low level for do not show up as a “!” in the game world.
Available quests do not display a “!” on the minimap.
On level up, the message: “Your skill in Protection increased to 15” was added in 1.12.1, and we’re intending to keep that.
World of Warcraft Classic is available on August 27. Make sure to check out the beautiful statue that comes with the 15th anniversary edition.
Joseph Knoop is a writer and weekend web producer for IGN, and wishes he could get away with that excuse. Assure some quality with him on Twitter @JosephKnoop.