March 23, 2021 World of Warcraft Classic: The Burning Crusade beta invites have begun.
Blizzard set tongues wagging in the World of Warcraft community last night after WoW Classic’s Burning Crusade beta popped up for download on the Battle.net client. Unfortunately, it was down to a bug and was not the surprise launch some had hoped for. Yet it appears that fans won’t have too much longer to wait, as account flagging for the beta has now gotten underway.
Blizzard has confirmed that players are starting to receive beta access. If you’re selected, you can install the beta through the Battle.net client, and either create a new test character, or copy your character over from WoW Classic. Players have also begun to receive email confirmations for their beta invites, as Wowhead notes.
This comes after World of Warcraft community manager Josh Allen took to Twitter to let everyone know that a bug had been causing the launch option to show up early for some people. While some people could download it, though, that’s as far as they were able to get. “Burning Crusade beta has not begun and no one outside of Blizzard has been flagged for access yet,” Allen explains. “There’s a bug causing something to show up on the launcher for some people – this has nothing to do with whether or not you’ll have access when it goes live.”
You can opt in on Blizzard’s site for a shot at getting into the beta on US or EU servers. WoW Classic’s upcoming expansion was initially revealed at BlizzCon earlier this year. Burning Crusade centres on a demonic faction called the Burning Legion, and primarily takes place in an area called the Outland. Alongside heaps of fighting and grinding, you can take to the new expansion as a Blood Elf or a Draenei.
During a deep dive panel, we also found out that you can level up your new classes in the pre-patch before Burning Crusade lands. You won’t be able to shotgun the entirety of the content, though, as it’ll be released in stages.
Hey hi hello Burning Crusade beta has NOT begun and no one outside of Blizzard has been flagged for access yet.
There's a bug causing something to show up on the launcher for some people – this has nothing to do with whether or not you'll have access when it goes live.
— Josh Allen aka devolore (@devolore) March 23, 2021
You can check out the trailer below if you fancy seeing what it’s all about:
We don’t know the WoW Classic Burning Crusade release date just yet, but we have oodles of guides to help you out in the meantime. Our WoW Classic classes and WoW Classic servers are two good places to start, we reckon.