The Public Test Realm (PTR) is a special service you can use to test game updates before we release them to the public. When we start a PTR test, we'll announce it on the game's website. We run PTRs in English, French, German, and Korean.
To Install the PTR Client, you must first have a standard game account, can't be a Starter Edition account. In addition, you must Create a PTR Account. To create a PTR account your World of Warcraft account must be Active (must have game-time). You can create your PTR account by visiting your Games & Subscription page.
Customer Support cannot help with technical issues on the PTR. If you need assistance, please visit the PTR forums (only in English). PTR forums are only available when the PTR is running.
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A Public Test Realm (or PTR, test server, and test realm) is a special server where upcoming features are tested for the next upcoming patch. It contains several realms.
You can make a character on the test realm from a copy of one of your characters on a normal realm or from a premade. Whether there will be premade or not will be clearly announced. Players on test realms should not be surprised by character wipes, item wipes, or frequent downtime to make changes or apply patches, so don't get too attached to your character on these servers.
For a guide to getting on the test realm, see Getting on the Test Realm.
Blizzard uses the PTR for most of their games:
The PTR was also pushed to some of the classics such as
- In Heroes of the Storm, any purchases made would still be accessible but the level and other progresses is separate and may be reset periodically.
- For Overwatch, it is called Public Test Region.
- There was also a Tournament Test Realm (TTR) to prepare for the Arena Competition.
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World Of Warcraft: Classic Era Servers Now Have A PTR
Players have begun to notice a new Public Test Realm which has been uploaded to the Blizzard launcher today, this time focusing on Classic Era servers.
Classic Era servers are complete original level 60 vanilla servers, that were created as Burning Crusade Classic was released as a way for fans of the original game to continue playing.
While the servers are live, and players can log on to them, they are currently no different than how they were before TBC launched.
This new PTR could mean nothing at all and Blizzard simply wanted to have multiple options in case they had plans to make updates to Classic Era servers or they are planning new updates soon.
Read more:How To Create A Public Test Realm Account For World of Warcraft.
World Of Warcraft: Classic Era Servers Now Have A PTR
While the Classic Era servers have very limited players, many people believe this PTR could see the beginning of fresh servers, for players to begin anew with no inflated gold, and back to only have Molten Core and Oxyia's Lair available as raids, and progress through the 6 phases again.
There is a side to the community that is asking for Classic+ servers, which would see new content added to vanilla realms that weren't a part of the original game.
This is less likely to be an option, as not as many players would go back to these old servers, and with Burning Crusade Classic starting to release their phase 2 and beyond content, players will prefer to play that and eventually Wrath of the Lich King servers.
The Burning Crusade Classic PTR is continuing to test phase 2 content, so when that has been completed we may see changes to the Classic Era PTR.
The Burning Crusade Classic Beta Has Begun!
The Burning Crusade Classic beta test has begun! Over the course of the test, we’ll be inviting opt-in beta testersand moreto check out the upcoming Classic expansion and give us feedback.
Players selected to participate in the beta test will receive an email invitation directing them to download the beta client directly from the Battle.net desktop app. As always, please be aware of phishing attempts—if you’re unsure whether your invitation is legitimate, please log in to your Battle.net account to verify that there is a Burning Crusade Classic beta license attached (under Your Game Accounts).
If you’ve been selected to participate in the beta test, your Battle.net account will already be flagged for access.
- Make sure your graphics drivers are up to date.
- Run the Battle.net desktop app—it may need to update itself if you haven’t run it recently. If you don’t have the app installed, get started here.
- Once Battle.net is installed and updated, select World of Warcraft from the list of games.
- In the Game Version drop-down menu above the Play button, choose the Burning Crusade (listed under In Development), then click Install.
- Allow installation to complete, click Play and select any of the available Test Servers.
- Create a new test character or copy over a character from your live WoW Classic account using the Copy Character button.
- Enter the game and test the content.
If you have issues installing and operating the Burning Crusade beta, please check our Common Technical Issues and Solutions to begin troubleshooting.
We’d love to hear about your experiences in Burning Crusade Classic, so once you’ve had a chance to play, please send us your feedback on the Burning Crusade Classic beta forums.
Server test wow classic
Blizzard has silently released a new public test realm of World of Warcraft Classic with little fanfare, causing players to speculate on what, exactly, the realm is supposed to be testing. Many players are hoping it's "fresh" servers for WoW Classic.
The test realm currently only includes raid content from WoW Classic's first phase, although it does include more recent updates to the game, like the ability to purchase a world-buff saving item from Chromie that didn't exist in the original version of vanilla WoW but was added prior to Burning Crusade Classic's release. The arrival of the new test realm has players speculating it could be a sign that Blizzard is looking to roll out brand-new servers for WoW Classic where players can start their adventure into Azeroth all over again from scratch.
Currently, WoW Classic servers are a ghost town. Blizzard required players to decide between playing in what it now calls "Classic Era" servers or moving forward to the game's first expansion, Burning Crusade Classic, back in June, and it seems the majority of players chose to continue on into Outland over staying in Azeroth. But there is still a dedicated community of players who prefer WoW Classic to Burning Crusade.
Many of those diehard players are now flocking to private, unofficial servers for the game that players can play on for free but are technically illegal. It's what many vanilla WoW fans resorted to in the years prior to Blizzard's official release of WoW Classic, and are now going back to in light of a state of California lawsuit alleging a workplace culture of discrimination and harassment towards women at Blizzard and the addition of microtransactions like a level boost and mount to Burning Crusade Classic. Some players no longer feel comfortable supporting Blizzard directly.
Fresh servers then could be a possible bid to win back some of those dedicated WoW Classic players. Various older, still-running MMOs, like Everquest, periodically release new servers that sometimes come with dramatic changes to the experience to keep things interesting. WoW Classic fans have asked for something similar, but it remains to be seen if Blizzard would be willing to make such sweeping changes to the game.
For the majority of WoW Classic, Blizzard took a preservationist approach, looking to keep the experience as close as possible to the original version of vanilla WoW. That slowly began to change as WoW Classic approached the end of its content, when Blizzard made changes to how world buffs function and reduced the spell-batching window to make the game's responsiveness closer to that of the current Shadowlands version.
If fresh servers do happen, it would come at a time when many of the game's biggest content creators have either quit playing WoW entirely, or have at least diversified their content to include other MMO's like Square Enix's Final Fantasy XIV or Amazon's upcoming New World. The second phase of Burning Crusade Classic, which will add new raids like Tempest Keep and Serpentshrine Cavern, is currently being tested and is expected to release in the coming weeks.
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Testing for Phase Two of World of Warcraft Classic Burning Crusade is underway. But if you’re late to the party, there’s still time to get into the game’s Public Test Realm.
If you’ve participated in a WoW Classic PTR before, the process of getting into the PTR is quick and simple because you already have access to its servers.
To get into the Classic PTR, all you’ll need to do is open up the Battle.net application on your computer and with the “Game Version” drop down menu, select “Public Test Realm (Classic)” under the “In Development” category.
From there, just click “Play,” and you’re on your way to testing the new TBC arena season and raids coming soon.
If you haven’t ever participated in a Classic PTR before, there are a couple of steps to take before you can jump in.
To start your journey, you’ll need to look for your account information at account.battle.net. Once logged in, select the “Games & Subscriptions” option in the tab to the left side of the screen.
At the bottom of the next screen, youll see an option to create a PTR account so that you can “access new World of Warcraft content before it goes live.”
Click the text next to it that says “+ Create PTR Account” and then click “Create Account” to add a PTR account to your list of Game Accounts. Once you’ve completed that step, you should see a new WoW game account listed under the “Game Accounts” tab in the middle of your screen.
Now all you need to do is open your Battle.net and select the Classic PTR in your Game Version tab, and you’re in.
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