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Rare WoW Alpha Gameplay Demos from 2002 and 2003

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We've had a couple of videos pop up recently from a earlier stages of WoW's development, from different gameplay demo sessions (presumably at events like E3 and similar) significantly different from what we saw on release in 2004! The first two videos were posted to reddit by GTXERA in the past few days, so maybe we'll get even more soon!

In the first video from 2002 the most noticeable thing is the spell effects in particular, as they're very different and... perhaps even better than at launch - as they were most likely toned down, since Blizzard wanted the game to run on the majority of PCs back in the day. Unfortunately reddit's video embeds are still not working, so head over there to check out the first 6 minute gameplay demo, and here's a shorter preview:

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The second video is from a later build, in 2003, as the game is already looking much more similar to what we had in Vanilla (and you can head over to the reddit thread          for the full and better quality 3 minute video) :

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The final one is from a few months ago and isn't quite "legit", in the sense that it is most likely just someone got their hands on some of the code and went exploring in it, but the content itself is real and was in the game at some point. There's actually a lot here, with 1 hour of exploration and some pretty cool details, from the old Dark Portal animation in Blasted Lands, to a second Dark Portal under water, apparently a player housing area and a lot more:

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If this is what they had prepared in 2002, I can't even imagine what they are preparing now. I just hope they don't screw it up (and no more borrowed power)

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I'm playing since alpha, no videos though. I still have the NDA document around somewhere where I had to sign over my soul to Blizzard (no really, that's what it said) - when I got access.

 

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