Blizzard announced in mid-June that development was “underway” for the “World of Warcraft: Classic” game, which would give old school fans a chance to relive the glory days of WoW before the expansions. According to PCGamer, the demo for this highly anticipated release is expected to become available next week, but one thirsty fan couldn’t wait that long and managed to hack his way into the game!
A YouTuber who goes by the handle, “dodgykebaab” has snuck into the WoW Classic demo and given other hyped up fans a peek into what’s to come. He provided a video comparison of the graphics between the 2005 client and the upcoming demo which you can see in the clip below.
How did he do it? Dodgykebab told Eurogamer that the client file was leaked on Discord chats, although getting access to the game wasn’t as easy as simply installing the file. Normally, after installation, the game will try to connect with Blizzard servers and if that occurs, you’d most likely get immediately booted from the game. Dodgykebab worked around this by using a sandbox emulator that redirected the game to a virtual server.
While the method worked, if you noticed in the video, there are certain limitations with this: no NPCs or quests appear in the world. Despite this, the video is able to provide a solid comparison of the look and feel of the redone 2018 version versus the original 2005 game. Based on what we can see in the video, the two are pretty similar, though there are some noticeable differences with the rendering of lighting effects.
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