World of Warcraft: Classic demo will restrict players to one-hour sessions

  • The World of Warcraft: its doors will open to the entire world on November 2, which is tomorrow. And with tomorrow just a day away, Blizzard has announced that it's going to employ a cooldown timer to make sure that everyone has a fair opportunity with WoW Classic Gold. "When the demonstration goes live, we'll use a playtime time limitation plus a cooldown (that starts when you log in) to help as many individuals as possible play with the timeless demo as much as possible," community manager Ythisens wrote. "We will start with a playtime limit of a cumulative 60 minutes and a cooldown of 90 minutes"

    He mentioned three examples of how the system will work: If you play for half an hour and then log off for 60 minutes, then you'll start over with a new 60 when you return; if you play for 60 minutes, then you'll find the boot and won't be let back in for 30 minutes; also (this is where it gets complicated) if you perform for 20 minutes, leave for 20 minutes, then come back and play for 40 more minutes, you are going to get kicked out but will be able to reconnect in only ten minutes.

    A playtime cap obviously is not going to make everyone happy, but given what generally happens when hordes of enthusiastic gamers stampede through a newly-opened door, it's probably a fantastic idea. And it will only be set up until Blizzard is certain it can handle the demand: Ythisens stated the goal is to lift the constraints"as quickly as we feasibly can," and just reinstate them if it experiences unexpectedly large demand then.

    Demo content will be restricted as well: Blizzard said in an announcement that Horde players will have access to this Barrens while Alliance gamers will have the ability to ramble Westfall, but the Deadmines and Wailing Caverns dungeons will not be available, and PvP will be restricted to duels. At level 15, demo players will begin on the upside, so they have quests and some abilities to handle away. The World of Warcraft: Classic demo will be accessible to BlizzCon Virtual Ticket holders starting on November 2, once the big show starts. A launch date for the World of Warcraft: Classic has not been announced.

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