Blizzard is shutting down the World of Warcraft Classic character cloning service on July 26, after just over a year of availability.
The paid service allows players to make a copy of a WoW Classic character of their choice based on a “snapshot” of that character as they were on May 18, 2021. All players were given the option by character before the release of Burning Crusade Classic last summer about whether or not to keep that character on what Blizzard now calls the “Classic Era” realms or progress to Burning Crusade. For players who couldn’t choose, character cloning allowed them to do both for a nominal fee.
Blizzard has not given a specific reason why the service is stopping in its official version Blogbut character clone will be on sale for $5 (66% off) until July 26. For players who have not yet chosen for each of their characters to move to Burning Crusade Classic or stay on a Classic-era realm by July 26th, Blizzard says all characters will be moved to Burning Crusade Classic, with the Classic Era version of these characters removed.
When Blizzard first announced the character clone service last year, it found itself in hot water over what many gamers considered a high price for the service, as it was originally planned to $35. After listening to player feedback, Blizzard cut the price of the service by more than half to $15.
Burning Crusade Classic has just received its latest content update, Fury of the Sunwell. Blizzard plans to release a classic version of the game’s beloved Wrath of the Lich King expansion later this year. When Wrath of the Lich King Classic arrives, all Burning Crusade servers will automatically convert to Wrath of the Lich King servers. While Wrath of the Lich King Classic will work on the expansion’s final patch, it won’t include features like automated dungeon finder or minimap quest tracking, which Blizzard says won’t is not in the spirit of the “core values” of WoW Classic.
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