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Access to 5.0.1 PTR and Mists of Pandaria Beta
Patch 5.0.1 is right around the corner on test realms! It also means that the release of MoP isn't too far either.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We will soon begin public testing of patch 5.0.1 of World of Warcraft, a patch that will precede the Mists of Pandaria release, and includes many features and functions that are new to the game.

We encourage all players who wish to test patch 5.0.1 with us to take careful note of the following:

  • It will not be possible to access the 5.0.1 PTR realms with a game account that accesses the Mists of Pandaria Beta.
  • If a game account has been flagged with a Mists of Pandaria Beta license, it can only be used to enter Beta realms.
  • This limitation is on each World of Warcraft license, and is not Battle.net account-based.
  • While testing 5.0.1, players will not be able to access zones or content that is a part of the Mists of Pandaria expansion.

Thank you for your continued support of our testing and tuning process. We look forward to seeing you in-game.
This article was originally published in forum thread: Access to 5.0.1 PTR and Mists of Pandaria Beta started by Boubouille View original post
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  1. belgicanofl's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Count Zero View Post
    It's been well over a decade. Tons of movies, books, games, albums, everything, have been released on that date in the various years since.

    Maybe they wouldn't have released, oh, say, Cataclysm, with its trailer of a flying object destroying buildings, on that date (at least not anytime this century), but I think Mists is safe.
    Won't be launched on that day, it's an American company so not going to happen 28th of August or 4th of September are the dates.

    ---------- Post added 2012-07-03 at 04:38 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Nathanyel View Post
    Well this isn't Cata that changed the whole world, they can let the pre-event run on the Beta as well, as it takes place in the old world.
    Won't happen on beta. Pre-event is scaled for 85, not for 90. It's coming to PTR.
  1. reve's Avatar
    Kinda funny how Annual pass people don't get PTR.
    Quote Originally Posted by PlatedPriest View Post
    they have been in the past.
    in cata pre release patch ptr i was able to log on without being subbed
    Without commenting on the starter edition accounts (no idea) I can say that being subbed to WoW at the time PTR is going on means nothing. Blizzard does "screening of active accounts" some time before they open PTR and if you are subbed at the time of the "screening" then you will have access to that PTR regardless of being subbed to live WoW while the PTR runs.

    This screening usually takes place anywhere from 1 day to 3 weeks before the PTR goes live.
  1. Vonnaldon's Avatar
    4.0.1 hit the PTR on Sept 10, it went live October 12 for those interested
  1. Schaapa's Avatar
    Thursday or Friday.

    They should wait until next Friday imo :P
  1. Kanturotar's Avatar
    I knew it! the patch will come the week after the cinematic is screened in august just like the cataclysm one
  1. thebigman1212's Avatar
    As far as i know, any account that WAS active at any time can play in the ptr and use the premade character copys. Even if it is now frozen.

    I am not sure if this goes for free to play accounts but i assume it wouldn't.
  1. Sicc's Avatar
    Pre expansion PTRs were 63, 61 and 86 days long for the last 3 expansion. I bet it will be a little shorter since the actual pre-patch will be only ~2 weeks long and that is much shorter than previous ones. 1 more point for end of august/first week of sept release.
  1. Jedicic's Avatar
    Can't wait! Took about 3 months from when 4.0.1 was available on the PTR till the cata release date. Here's hoping they speed up the development process.
  1. spiralled's Avatar
    I don't understand why they still haven't announced the date, they must know what it is by now..
  1. Anjerith's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by spiralled View Post
    I don't understand why they still haven't announced the date, they must know what it is by now..
    Since they are still in the middle of some not insignificant gameplay changes on the beta, it would be very stupid of them to give you a date.
  1. cexspa's Avatar
    and it begins.
  1. Biggayshammy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Faerwen View Post
    3 months is not "Right around the Corner." They wouldn't be announcing 5.1 coming to the PTR soon if it was 3 months away, I'd put it at a month tops, and even that seems too far away for an announcement. What'd I'd like to ask is how long is a pre-launch patch on the ptr before it goes live, if any reasonable average can be deduced from past events. We already know that release is about 2 weeks after 5.0 is released on Live, so with a little math here and there, maybe we can come up with a better estimate.

    So never mind, I realize he meant that the ptr stuff makes it onto live, as opposed to the ptr you know, coming out. Ignore my post
    9/11 is irrelevant to this game
  1. Cairm's Avatar
    How long??? Must be before GW2
  1. belgicanofl's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Anjerith View Post
    Since they are still in the middle of some not insignificant gameplay changes on the beta, it would be very stupid of them to give you a date.
    That's not the reason, they couldn't care less about that.

    It's all about hyping your product, you as a company have the date, but they people don't, so you keep giving them hints to keep them excited and talking about the product. If they gave you the date, there wouldn't be much of a hype, it would last a few weeks, but that's it. Why you think Apple doesn't announce their new products that much in time? To keep their costumers and outsiders hyped.
  1. Count Zero's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by spiralled View Post
    I don't understand why they still haven't announced the date, they must know what it is by now..
    They will only announce a release date when they feel there is basically no chance for anything to delay it.
  1. Zalanth's Avatar
    Hmm, I guess people who have access to the beta should still be able to use the PTR, as the beta license in your battle.net account is separate from your main account. That is, you may connect to the live realms with WoW1, but your beta license is WoW2 (or similar).
  1. Silversol's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Biggayshammy View Post
    9/11 is irrelevant to this game
    True, but very relevant to PR for the company. Blizzard wouldn't look too good in the public eye if people were anticipating that date for the release.

    Am I the only one that read the blue post as "use one PTR account to log into beta and use the other PTR account for the PTR?" I have PTR 1 and PTR 3 under my game license. PTR 3 is my beta access. So PTR 1 is my PTR account, I think.
  1. Bryce's Avatar
    People with annual pass can still get on the PTR.

    Look at your battle.net accounts. MoP beta is PTR WoW 2, at least for me. I still have a PTR WoW 1 account. Just login with the WoW 1 ptr account and you should be able to get into it.
  1. brothernads's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Silversol View Post
    True, but very relevant to PR for the company. Blizzard wouldn't look too good in the public eye if people were anticipating that date for the release.
    The fact that the game may release on Sept. 11 is irrelevant. It's not even a federal holiday (although, in my eyes, it should be). Also, remember...Cataclysm came out on Pearl Harbor Day.
  1. Rosur's Avatar
    I'm thinking same realse date as Guild wars 2 now...(28th August)

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