BlizzCon 2018 kicked off today, which means that attendees and those who paid $50 for a virtual ticket, can now gain access to the World of Warcraft: Classic demo. However, if you’re playing at home get ready to deal with some very strict time limits.
Blizzard announced World of Warcraft: Classic at BlizzCon 2017 to a lot of excitement. It means that at some point in the near future it will be possible to play the massively-multiplayer online game in its original form and without all the expansions and gameplay tweaks from the past 14 years. But as with all online games, extensive testing is required and a public demo helps find more bugs.
On the Battle.net forums, Blizzard explains that in order to ensure everyone with a virtual ticket gets a chance to play, there will be strict session limits. What this means is, you can only play the demo for a maximum of 60 minutes at a time, with a cooldown period taking that time up to 90 minutes.
This limit does have some flexibility built-in, though. For example, you could play for 60 minutes before being logged off, wait 30 minutes, then log back in for another hour of play. However, it’s possible to split the time into more chunks, allowing you to play for 20 minutes, log out for 20 minutes, then come back and play for another 40 minutes leaving you with a 10 minute cool down period at the end.
The session limits are there because Blizzard is being extremely cautious. Access to the demo will be monitored closely, and if there isn’t any sign of the servers falling over then the session time could be extended or the limit removed completely.