World of Warcraft Classic is getting permadeath hardcore servers, too

World of Warcraft

While the main World of Warcraft hardcore servers are still not out yet – Blizzard Entertainment announced World of Warcraft Classic is getting hardcore servers, too.

The Classic version of the long-running MMORPG essentially returns players to the glorious days of vanilla World of Warcraft – only with some optional modern tweaks like seasonal runs and subsequent expansions getting re-released.

Now World of Warcraft Classic is confirmed to be getting hardcore servers just like the modern version, both of which will see players completely lose their character(s) if they die once.

There’s some caveats with the permadeath as well, though, like you’ll be able to log onto your character as a ghost to close up your affairs – like transferring guild ownership or checking your mailbox. Outside that, though, you have to reroll a new character.

While traditional PVP battlegrounds aren’t in these new hardcore realms, there’s a new “Duel to the Death” feature that lets willing players duel to the death.

Classes that have resurrect abilities have them disabled, and Blizzard is making sure fewer players die to errors, like a flightmaster glitch. Also, players won’t be able to kite a tougher enemy into a lower level zone to kill players – most creatures leash when leaving that zone.

The new hardcore realms have just entered the public test realms and are expected to go live later in 2023.

World of Warcraft is available on Windows PC, and Mac (via The latest expansion, Dragonflight, launched in November 2022.

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