WoW Classic PTR Update - Burning Crusade and Classic Era Info
World of Warcraft Classic PTR has been updated with info about Burning Crusade and Classic Era.

Among many new strings for ray tracing and gamepad settings (which don't actually seem to be used right now), there is also a string "BURNING_CRUSADE_TRANSITION_DEFAULT_CLONE_DATE" that is set to "May 18, 2021". This could be a placeholder date for when character snapshotting might take place.


Originally Posted by Blizzard
Coming Soon: Burning Crusade

Classic will soon be split into separate games: Burning Crusade and Classic Era.

When that happens, you'll choose which game your character will play on going forward.

If you wish to clone your character and play in both versions, that service will be available for a fee.

WoW Classic PTR - New Strings
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • BURNING_CRUSADE_PREVIEW_TITLE - COMING SOON:|nBURNING CRUSADE
  • BURNING_CRUSADE_PREVIEW_DESCRIPTION1 - Classic will soon be split into separate games:|nBurning Crusade and Classic Era.|n|nWhen that happens, you'll choose which game your character will play on going forward.
  • BURNING_CRUSADE_PREVIEW_DESCRIPTION2 - If you wish to clone your character and play in both versions, that service will be available for %s. |HurlIndex:43|h|cff006995Frequently Asked Questions|r|h
  • BURNING_CRUSADE_PREVIEW_BUTTON_GOT_IT - Got It
  • BURNING_CRUSADE_INFORMATION - Burning Crusade Information
  • BURNING_CRUSADE_TRANSITION_CHOICE_CLASSIC_TITLE - I want to play this character in|n|cffffc437Classic Era|r
  • BURNING_CRUSADE_TRANSITION_CHOICE_BURNINGCRUSADE_TITLE - I want to play this character in |cff1eff00Burning Crusade|r
  • BURNING_CRUSADE_TRANSITION_CHOICE_CLASSIC_DESCRIPTION - %1$s will be locked to Classic Era.|n|nAfterwards, you'll have the option of activating %2$s in Burning Crusade as well for %3$s.
  • BURNING_CRUSADE_TRANSITION_CHOICE_BURNINGCRUSADE_DESCRIPTION - Exit this game and select Burning Crusade from the Battle.net App.
  • BURNING_CRUSADE_TRANSITION_CHOICE_CLASSIC_BUTTON - Play Classic Era
  • BURNING_CRUSADE_TRANSITION_CHOICE_BURNINGCRUSADE_BUTTON - Exit Game
  • BURNING_CRUSADE_TRANSITION_CHOICE_CONFIRM - %s will now be locked to Classic Era.
  • BURNING_CRUSADE_TRANSITION_CHOICE_CONFIRM_TYPE - Type in the character's name to confirm:
  • BURNING_CRUSADE_TRANSITION_ACTIVATECHARACTER_TOOLTIP_TITLE - Activate Clone
  • BURNING_CRUSADE_TRANSITION_ACTIVATECHARACTER_TOOLTIP_DESCRIPTION - This character is activated in Burning Crusade. You may activate them in Classic Era by purchasing a Character Clone service.
  • BURNING_CRUSADE_TRANSITION_ACTIVATECHARACTER_TOOLTIP_ACTION -
  • SHOW_UNACTIVATED_CHARACTERS - Show Available Clones
  • BURNING_CRUSADE_TRANSITION_ACTIVATECHARACTER_CONFIRM - You are activating a version of %1$s that was saved on %2$s.
  • BURNING_CRUSADE_TRANSITION_ACTIVATECHARACTER_CHARACTERLABEL - Clone Available
  • VISITABLE_URL43 - https://battle.net/support/article/32222
  • BURNING_CRUSADE_TRANSITION_DEFAULT_PRICE - a fee
  • CHAR_CREATE_UNACTIVATED_CHARACTER_LIMIT - You have the maximum number of characters allowed on this realm. Select "Show Available Clones" to view all existing characters.
  • BURNING_CRUSADE_TRANSITION_DEFAULT_CLONE_DATE - 44334
  • CHAR_LOGIN_LOCKED_FOR_REALM_PLAYTYPE - This character clone isn't activated for this realm type.
  • FULLDATE_NO_WEEKDAY - %1$s %2$d, %3$d
  • RENDER_RESOLUTION_LABEL - Render Resolution
  • RENDER_RESOLUTION - Render Resolution
  • WINDOW_SIZE_LABEL - Window Size
  • GXAPI_D3D11_LEGACY - DirectX 11 Legacy
  • TARGETFPS - Target FPS
  • TARGETFPS_CHECK - Target FPS Toggle
  • OPTION_TARGETFPS_CHECK - Enable this option to dynamically reduce graphics quality if you fall below a specific framerate.
  • OPTION_TARGETFPS - Framerate you ideally want to play at. If your framerate is below this number, dynamic systems will reduce graphics quality to attempt to hit this framerate.
  • SPELL_DENSITY - Spell Density
  • OPTION_TOOLTIP_SPELL_DENSITY - Controls visibility of non-essential spells.
  • VIDEO_OPTIONS_DYNAMIC - Dynamic
  • VIDEO_OPTIONS_EVERYTHING - Everything
  • VIDEO_OPTIONS_SPELL_DENSITY_EVERYTHING - Always show all spells.
  • VIDEO_OPTIONS_ONLY_ESSENTIAL - Essential
  • VIDEO_OPTIONS_SPELL_DENSITY_ONLY_ESSENTIAL - Only show essential spells. Your own spells are always shown.
  • VIDEO_OPTIONS_SOME - Some
  • VIDEO_OPTIONS_MOST - Most
  • VIDEO_OPTIONS_SPELL_DENSITY_DYNAMIC - Reduce non-essential spells shown based on framerate. If you are above your desired framerate, everything will be shown.
  • VIDEO_OPTIONS_SPELL_DENSITY_SOME - Reduce non-essential spells shown by around 75%.
  • VIDEO_OPTIONS_SPELL_DENSITY_MOST - Reduce non-essential spells shown by around 25%.
  • VIDEO_OPTIONS_HALF - Half
  • VIDEO_OPTIONS_SPELL_DENSITY_HALF - Reduce non-essential spells shown by around 50%.
  • GENERAL_SUBHEADER - General
  • RT_SHADOW_QUALITY - Ray Traced Shadows
  • VIDEO_OPTIONS_RT_SHADOW_QUALITY_FAIR - Ray Traced Shadows from directional light sources at reduced resolution.
  • VIDEO_OPTIONS_RT_SHADOW_QUALITY_MEDIUM - Ray Traced Shadows from directional and local light sources at reduced resolution.
  • VIDEO_OPTIONS_RT_SHADOW_QUALITY_HIGH - Ray Traced Shadows from directional and local light sources at full resolution.
  • OPTION_TOOLTIP_RT_SHADOW_QUALITY - Improves shadow quality with ray tracing, which produces shadows with more natural softness, greatly increased precision, and from additional light sources.|n|nThis feature requires:|nA hardware ray tracing capable graphics card|nWindows 10 May 2020 Update (version 2004)|nUp to date graphics drivers|nDirectX 12
  • ARM64_BUILD - arm64
  • VRN_NEEDS_MACOS_10_13 - Requires macOS 10.13 or above
  • VRN_NEEDS_MACOS_10_14 - Requires macOS 10.14 or above
  • VRN_NEEDS_MACOS_10_15 - Requires macOS 10.15 or above
  • VRN_NEEDS_MACOS_11_0 - Requires macOS 11.0 or above
  • VRN_CPUMEM_4GB - Requires 4GB or more of CPU memory
  • VRN_NEEDS_6_0 - Requires a shader model 6 capable graphics card
  • VRN_NEEDS_RT - Requires a ray tracing capable graphics card
  • VRN_NEEDS_WINDOWS_10 - Requires Windows 10 or above
  • GXAPI_MTL_LEGACY - Metal Legacy
  • GAMEPAD_MAC_NO_START_BACK_BUTTON_SUPPORT - Start and back button binding support requires macOS 10.15 or newer
  • GAMEPAD_MAC_NO_THUMBSTICK_CLICK_SUPPORT - Thumbstick click binding support requires macOS 10.14.1 or newer
  • MAC_INPUT_MONITORING1014 - For Push to Talk to work when World of Warcraft is not in focus, you must grant "Accessibility" permission to %s in Security & Privacy preferences, located in System Preferences. Would you like to open System Preferences now?
  • MAC_INPUT_MONITORING1015 - For Push to Talk to work when World of Warcraft is not in focus, you must grant "Input Monitoring" permission to %s in Security & Privacy preferences, located in System Preferences. Would you like to open System Preferences now?
  • MAC_REQUEST_MICROPHONE1014 - In order to use voice chat, you must grant "Microphone" permission to %s in Security & Privacy preferences, located in System Preferences. Would you like to open System Preferences now?
  • META_KEY_TEXT - META
  • LMETA_KEY_TEXT - Left META
  • RMETA_KEY_TEXT - Right META
  • WIN_KEY_TEXT - WIN
  • CMD_KEY_TEXT - CMD
  • RWIN_KEY_TEXT - Right WIN
  • LWIN_KEY_TEXT - Left WIN
  • LCMD_KEY_TEXT - Left CMD
  • RCMD_KEY_TEXT - Right CMD
  • META_KEY_TEXT_ABBR - m
  • CMD_KEY_TEXT_ABBR - m
  • WIN_KEY_TEXT_ABBR - w
  • SSAO_TYPE_LABEL - Ambient Occlusion Type
  • SSAO_TYPE_ASSAO - ASSAO
  • SSAO_TYPE_CACAO - FidelityFX CACAO
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Comments 66 Comments
  1. NineSpine's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Argorwal View Post
    It’s a condescending viewpoint of other people’s preferences which makes you sound like a tool.

    But, I guess that is what forums are for after all.
    If it hurts your fee-fees too much, pretend I said "Insanely spicy sandwich" instead.
  1. WowClassic's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by HordeFanboy View Post
    thanks for funding my game with your mountie, toy and dilator sales r*tail drones
    Audibly kekd

    Seethe, cope and dilate retail nubs
  1. Beet's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Jotunhammer View Post
    I can't help but wonder how much resources this and vanilla wow is taking from retail wow. they SAY none but this ain't free, groups that manage and uphold ain't free, I wish Blizzard would tell us how much they put on these things, how much manpower etc
    They’re going to increase the resources too as more and more people keep playing. Especially if they start tweaking Classic and add new content. That’s probably the best way for them to retain players now. Only the hard raiders stay subbed to retail all year long these days whereas Classic kept a steady player base for the majority of a year after the initial rush died down. My guess is eventually they’ve got just as many people working on Classic as they do live.
  1. Niwes's Avatar
    do we talk about a „mid may release“ here or a „mid may starting beta“ ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Selah View Post
    I don't know why we aren't allowed one free character copy per character. Seems like a money grab more than anything. Especially considering the cloning is done completely autonomously.
    but ... but ... but that poor ATVI share holders!!! they hanging around under the bridge, full of hunger. why do you not wanna help them ???

    feed em! feed em! feed em!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enter Name Here View Post
    what would you do with that information?
    since i work with/in such companies since 20 years, i first was rolling on the floor about the statement of the poster you quoted. 3 seconds later i asked myself EXACTLY the same, you asked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jotunhammer View Post
    would be interesting to know how much better retail could have been if they did not fire so many people from the retail side of things

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    then let it pay for itself, make it totally separate from retail
    may i ask how old you are ? and what job you are working in ?

    no offense here. i am just curious. because it „feels“ to me, like you have ZERO glue how companies like Blizz internally work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Veggie50 View Post
    It is though...

    Your character can stay on its current server and progress to tbc, or transfer to an eternal classic realm. Those are the free options. There is an additional paid option to do both. Exactly like they said at blizzcon.
    yep. exactly.
  1. DuskSP's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by kail View Post
    D3 was a great investment in Blizzard's part. Same goes for HS and OW, they all sold well. Can't speak for HotS.
    Oh ya for sure. They make big bucks but bad games.
  1. xdunpealx's Avatar
    Random question, was thinking about jumping back onto classic, i never got to 60, and I am just thinking should I get back on now, or just wait for BC since leveling would probably be better?
  1. Will's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Jotunhammer View Post
    for sure thats a waste of good money and manpower as well...
    "Work on any game I have no interest in is a waste of time and manpower"

    That's what you're basically saying. Gotcha. Stop being so selfish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nite92 View Post
    You can keep your character for free. You cannot have your character for free 2x. I really dont see how this is an issue.
    TBC is a known and safe quantity. HS, OW and so on are also known quantities, highly popular games to this day. To call them all "peon games" shows how out of touch you are from reality, because you're so caught up in your bias.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Selah View Post
    I don't know why we aren't allowed one free character copy per character. Seems like a money grab more than anything. Especially considering the cloning is done completely autonomously.
    You're literally getting to play with just a subscription, no game purchase necessary, and you're complaining that you don't get to have your character on two different era games at no extra cost?

    I really hate the self entitlement these days.
  1. Nite92's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Will View Post
    TBC is a known and safe quantity. HS, OW and so on are also known quantities, highly popular games to this day. To call them all "peon games" shows how out of touch you are from reality, because you're so caught up in your bias.
    I have literally no idea what you are talking about. How does that even relate to my ONLY comment in this thread:
    "You can keep your character for free. You cannot have your character for free 2x. I really dont see how this is an issue."
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  1. lolmmofuture's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by muankan View Post
    No way to play this sh*t again.
    play what shit agian?
  1. Selah's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Will View Post


    You're literally getting to play with just a subscription, no game purchase necessary, and you're complaining that you don't get to have your character on two different era games at no extra cost?

    I really hate the self entitlement these days.
    How is it entitlement to ask to not have to level, attune, and gear the same character twice? It's already been earned. No one is asking for a free level 60, despite Blizzard giving those out at launch. The process is entirely automatic on Blizzard's end and has no cost to them, there is no reason for it to be a paid service -- it's a feature that has existed on the PTR for an incredibly long time.
  1. NineSpine's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Selah View Post
    How is it entitlement to ask to not have to level, attune, and gear the same character twice? It's already been earned. No one is asking for a free level 60, despite Blizzard giving those out at launch. The process is entirely automatic on Blizzard's end and has no cost to them, there is no reason for it to be a paid service -- it's a feature that has existed on the PTR for an incredibly long time.
    Because people will pay for it and Blizzard is a company, not a charity.
  1. ranzino's Avatar
    PTR is temporary, your "lvl60 for free" is wiped at Blizzard's sole discretion afterwards and sometimes in between.
  1. Selah's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by NineSpine View Post
    Because people will pay for it and Blizzard is a company, not a charity.
    If free character copies counts as charity work than humanity is truly lost.
  1. NineSpine's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Selah View Post
    If free character copies counts as charity work than humanity is truly lost.
    The game needs to generate profit. Blizzard has clearly determined that secondary transactions are preferable to increasing the monthly fee (which has decreased annually with inflation).
  1. Selah's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by NineSpine View Post
    The game needs to generate profit. Blizzard has clearly determined that secondary transactions are preferable to increasing the monthly fee (which has decreased annually with inflation).
    And that's what the monthly sub is for along with all the other secondary transactions? All they're doing is creating a new problem for the players and they also happen to have the solution to sell to the players. It's shitty business practices, plain and simple.
  1. NineSpine's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Selah View Post
    And that's what the monthly sub is for along with all the other secondary transactions? All they're doing is creating a new problem for the players and they also happen to have the solution to sell to the players. It's shitty business practices, plain and simple.
    Blizzard is also creating the need for a monthly fee by barring you from logging in without paying one. It's all artificial.

    The game needs to make X dollars. Blizzard has calculated that they can reach that goal better with secondary charges than with sub increases. Period. End of story.
  1. Selah's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by NineSpine View Post
    Blizzard is also creating the need for a monthly fee by barring you from logging in without paying one. It's all artificial.

    The game needs to make X dollars. Blizzard has calculated that they can reach that goal better with secondary charges than with sub increases. Period. End of story.
    Do you have any proof that the game will sink or be hurt in any meaningful way by not having these charges? Because WoW is the best funded and largest grossing MMOs there is despite the absolute lackluster content they've put forward for years now. You're going to need to put forward a far more compelling argument than "they need the money to stay alive."

    This is nothing more than corporate greed that harms their relationship with their player base. Which, by the way, the fastest way to hurt your bottom line is to erode your trust with the player base that is paying for your game. BfA was an absolute disaster, Shadowlands is having some serious problems, and now Blizz is being greedy for the sake of being greedy. A one time copy of each character that hits 58 or 60 to their TBC server where players will pay another $15 - $30 for a month or two of additional playtime on this new content that they've just released will not hurt the game. If you believe otherwise, I'm going to need evidence because they've done just fine all this time without this feature.

    The icing on the cake is that WoW lacks so many good features of other games too, it's become a bloated game with failing feature after failing feature and the team needs a series of good wins in order to not further lose more money. That trust, which is so fragile right now, needs to be preserved instead of being shit on.

    I can't even fathom why you would defend such blatantly shitty practices. Blizzard has clearly demonstrated that they're just going to put out a sub-par game no matter the amount of money they have flowing.
  1. NineSpine's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Selah View Post
    Do you have any proof that the game will sink or be hurt in any meaningful way by not having these charges? Because WoW is the best funded and largest grossing MMOs there is despite the absolute lackluster content they've put forward for years now. You're going to need to put forward a far more compelling argument than "they need the money to stay alive."
    Since I never said that, I feel no need to defend it.

    This is nothing more than corporate greed that harms their relationship with their player base. Which, by the way, the fastest way to hurt your bottom line is to erode your trust with the player base that is paying for your game. BfA was an absolute disaster, Shadowlands is having some serious problems, and now Blizz is being greedy for the sake of being greedy. A one time copy of each character that hits 58 or 60 to their TBC server where players will pay another $15 - $30 for a month or two of additional playtime on this new content that they've just released will not hurt the game. If you believe otherwise, I'm going to need evidence because they've done just fine all this time without this feature.
    Since I never said that, I feel no need to defend it.

    The icing on the cake is that WoW lacks so many good features of other games too, it's become a bloated game with failing feature after failing feature and the team needs a series of good wins in order to not further lose more money. That trust, which is so fragile right now, needs to be preserved instead of being shit on.
    I'm perfectly happy to let other people pay for wow while I continue paying just my monthly fee.

    I can't even fathom why you would defend such blatantly shitty practices. Blizzard has clearly demonstrated that they're just going to put out a sub-par game no matter the amount of money they have flowing.
    Because I know how business works. Activision is investing their money expecting a rate of return on the project. If they don't get the rate of return they want, they will invest in other projects. I am perfectly happy, actually I'm downright DELIGHTED, to see that Blizzard is focusing on non-power related secondary revenue streams, rather than selling power or increasing my monthly fee.
  1. Selah's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by NineSpine View Post
    Because I know how business works. Activision is investing their money expecting a rate of return on the project. If they don't get the rate of return they want, they will invest in other projects. I am perfectly happy, actually I'm downright DELIGHTED, to see that Blizzard is focusing on non-power related secondary revenue streams, rather than selling power or increasing my monthly fee.
    Clearly you don't or are poorly informed. EA and Bethesda both have tried this and we all know how well that went. I don't trust Blizzard to do it any better than they have.

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