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World of Warcraft EU Beta Begins 14

Posted by Zonk
from the they-already-have-castles,-though dept.
Voodoo Extreme is reporting that after a delay due to storms, the World of Warcraft EU Beta has begun. From the article: "The first phase of the Final Beta Test will also allow the testing of the World of Warcraft localized server infrastructure under heavy loads. As soon as system stability allows, the second phase of the testing process will begin and more players will be added into the Final Beta Test. We will make every effort to accommodate all requests for beta accounts but there is always the possibility that we will be unable to meet demand, and we therefore strongly encourage motivated players to register an account as quickly as possible once the second phase of the Final Beta Test begins."
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World of Warcraft EU Beta Begins

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  • WoW is a juggernaut of fun!
  • GAME (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward
    Because I live in the UK I had to pre-order from GAME to get into the beta test. The bastards didn't send me my beta test CD for ages so I canceled the order. A few days later the cd arrived. HAH
  • We will make every effort to accommodate all requests for beta accounts

    They say that they'll make efforts to give everyone beta accounts, but how do I sign up in the first place?

    • Your best bet is to regularly check www.wow-europe.com. If they've got some sign-up in place, that's where you'll hear about it.

      I'm guessing the second phase of the beta won't start for another week or so.
  • As an avid WoW player, I have to say that I don't understand the point of an EU WoW Beta. The game has been out in the US for a couple of months. It's finished. It's done. It's boxed, installed and played by tens of thousands of people.

    So other than changing language libraries and setting up some new servers in Europe, what is there to beta test?! And since they already have experience with the US servers being rolled out, it's not like they don't have a strong idea of what hardware is needed in Europe for
    • So other than changing language libraries and setting up some new servers in Europe, what is there to beta test?! As evidenced by the WoW-server problems in the US, 'setting up some servers' is apperently a non-trivial problem (for Blizzard). That's besides getting the german/french clients out for public testing, getting the forums running, working in the GM's, etc. Blizzard says the want to deliver a smooth service, so they're taking the time to set it up. Of course, I want them to hurry up as well >
    • You really answered your own question. They have to test out all the new language libraries (multiple), test the brand new servers in "real world" conditions (something that I wish they would have done more of before US release) and generally make sure everything is working correctly before they start charging a monthly fee.

      Now, if they can just fix a few of the glaring bugs along the way, like NOT having the boat dump you in the ocean when you transition between zones. "Oh good, my hearthstone is charge

    • They are not only testing the new servers/languages, they also have an extensive list of class balance and bug fixes as well. Test it first in a new market, where you won't have all the "you nerfed my lvl 50 char!" comments.
  • so far WoW rocks! (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward
    Blizzard has managed to polish the MMO genre with WoW, it's nothing revolutionary from what I've seen, except that it appears they are most intersted in you having fun, not in placing incessant time syncs or vicious death penalties in your path (if you require these things you can always play EQ2).

    Examples:
    - crafting: I can making things useful to me relatviely right away - there's a button to "create all" of a recipe if you are practicing - you don't fail (that I've seen) if you have the necessary recipe,
  • Maybe I can get in on the European beta since the game is sold out everywhere in the U.S. Anyone know where to get a copy?

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