A few days ago I reported that over 40 realms would be shut down on 10 August. A few hours ago, Community Manager Kaivax got back to us with another message on the subject of future realms.
With the launch of the Wrath of the Lich King Classic pre-patch, we intend to open “Fresh Start” realms for players who wish to experience starting a new character and playing alongside a new community of others.Community Manager Kaivax
In addition to fulfilling a request we’ve heard from players for a long time, we expect there to be a lot of new Classic players joining us for the first time in Wrath of the Lich King, and some of them may be concerned that they’ll feel behind. Fresh Start realms should give those players a chance to feel as though they’re on an even playing field with everyone else.
These realms will be Wrath of the Lich King Classic realms from day one, so when they launch, they’ll have all of the talent trees and player abilities coming with Wrath of the Lich King Classic, but all players will start new characters at level 1. Fresh Start realms will also come with a few stipulations:
- For at least 90 days, you will not be allowed to boost a character on Fresh Start realms.
- For at least 90 days, Fresh Start realms will not be available destinations for character transfers.
- Death Knights cannot be created on these realms without a level 55 character on that same realm.
All of the WoW Classic and Burning Crusade dungeons and zones will be unlocked and available on these realms. On all realms, Northrend will be locked until Wrath’s official launch day.
The following steps will be taken in the coming weeks-months
- PvE to PvP transfer restrictions removed
- This will include the removal of the restriction on having characters of both factions on a PvP realm.
- Wrath Classic closed beta test
- Classic Era clone service retired
- Existing realms consolidated
- Before the realms are shut down, the limit on the number of characters you can create on each realm will be removed. New limit of 50 characters per account.
- New Fresh Start Realms with Wrath Classic pre-patch
- Wrath of the Lich King launch
Will you create a character on one of these new realms? Take part in the poll 😉