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World of Warcraft Closed Beta Ends
We'll give you one guess what that means.

by | October 28, 2004

As of 3:00 p.m. PST tomorrow, the World of Warcraft closed beta session will be taken offline in lieu of a forthcoming stress test. There are some vague allusions regarding the next WoW stress test, including when the servers will return to active status or ultimately if an open beta will be available in the near future.

Below is the official email which was released to closed beta participants earlier today:


If you are receiving this email, you are one of the valued testers currently in World of Warcraft’s closed beta test. This message is to inform you that the beta servers will be coming down at 3:00 PM PDT on Friday, October 29 and will remain offline for a few days in preparation for another stress test. Your account and characters will be active for this stress test, but a new client download will be required. After the game servers come down on Friday the 29th, you will be able to log in to the community site and download the new client.

Once the beta-server preparations are complete, we will announce the start of the stress test, and the servers will come back online. When that happens, you will be able to log back in, download a quick patch, and then continue playing. Please keep an eye on for more information about the stress test in the days ahead!

We want to take this opportunity to thank you for all the hard work you’ve been putting in to make World of Warcraft a better game. You’ve done a great job, and without you, the classes would not be where they are today, places like the Barrens would not be as rich as they are today, and the changes implemented from your suggestions would never have taken place.

We hope you've been enjoying your exclusive look at World of Warcraft these past few weeks and months, and we hope you'll take some satisfaction in knowing that you’ve played a big part in shaping its destiny. We'll see you again online soon!

Blizzard Entertainment

It’s now very possible that World of Warcraft will have a competitive release date with other MMOs coming out around the same time.

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