WoW Classic release date, launch time, and subscription plans

Learn more about when WoW Classic releases and what kind of subscription plan players need to jump into the action.


World of Warcraft has become such an immense experience that some players don't really know how to start playing. Fortunately, WoW Classic was introduced to give players a fresh start, whether because they need one or because it sounds like a fun time. Having already gone through the paces of several beta tests, WoW Classic servers are at last ready to go live and release the game into the arms of the waiting public.

WoW Classic release date and server launch times

WoW Classic servers launch today, August 26, worldwide in nearly all territories. The only exceptions are places where the local time zone pushes the launch date to tomorrow, such as in Australia. With that said, servers are now live as of the time of writing.

For what it's worth, here are the WoW Classic server launch times for several worldwide territories:

  • North America - 6 p.m. Eastern / 3 p.m. Pacific
  • Europe - 11 p.m. BST
  • Australia - 8 a.m. AEST

Of course, given that the servers are just now going live, players my find higher-than-usual congestion. If that seems to be the case, or if the game is showing egregiously long load times, it may be worth trying to connect to a different server. Just be aware of where your friends and fellow allies are playing.

WoW Classic subscription plans

Good news: Blizzard has not created any subscription plans specific to World of Warcraft Classic. Jumping into the old-school release is just as easy as getting started with regular World of Warcraft, and only requires the same sort of subscription plan.

Just to reiterate: No WoW Classic-specific subscription is needed; any active World of Warcraft subscription will grant access to WoW Classic. As such, players have three different subscription options, with bigger bundles offering more significant savings.

  • One month can be purchased for $14.99.
  • Three months can be purchased for $13.99 per month, or $41.97.
  • Six months can be purchased for $12.99 per month, or $77.94.

As usual, subscriptions are autmatically renewed at the end of each billing period, and players can cancel their subscriptions at any time. Find more information concerning how to sign up for WoW Classic over at

The wait is over: WoW Classic servers are now live, having gone online on August 26 at 6 p.m. Eastern Time. To learn more about the classically-styled MMORPG release and brush up on what made the World of Warcraft such a sensation, be sure to drop by Shacknews' WoW Classic home page.

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