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The Burning Crusade Classic Releasing "Very Soon", According to Warcraft Instagram

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UPDATE: There has now been an apparent leak of the actual BCC release date on the Battle.net launcher, which you can read more about here.

It seems we might be seeing the Burning Crusade Classic "very soon", according to the official WoW Instagram account! Now, Blizzard's "soons" aren't ever something to count on, but there are other indications of a possible release as well, or rather a pre-patch release, so we'll be taking a look at that and the potential duration of the pre-patch itself.

First off, let's get to the Instagram post, as spotted by 22Joep22, where a later reply was the relevant factor. Here's the original post:

And here's the official comment:

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Of course this alone doesn't mean that much, but in conjunction with the fact that WoW Classic character transfers are disabled for "multiple weeks" starting today means we might indeed be very close to the pre-patch! There's also the fact that the comment mentions the PORTAL specifically opening very soon, and there's an entire (late) pre-patch event surrounding the portal opening, so that is actually a little bit closer than the actual game's release (the original was a week prior to BC's launch).

Blizzard LogoClassic Character Transfers (source)

In order to prepare our systems which will handle snapshotting WoW Classic player-characters and preparing them to be separately playable on Burning Crusade Classic and WoW Classic Era realms, we will close the character transfer service in WoW Classic on 30 April at 18:00 BST / 19:00 CEST in this region.

We expect character transfers to be closed for multiple weeks, and we will let you know as soon as we can determine this process is nearly complete and we expect to re-open the service. For the duration of the closure, it will not be possible to transfer a WoW Classic player-character to or from any realm.

The actual snapshotting of all WoW Classic characters will occur after this closure. We will also announce that time at a later date.

The character transfer service closure in WoW Classic will have no impact whatsoever on the World of Warcraft: Shadowlands digital shop or services.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we perform this update.

The above seems to indicate that the pre-patch might be coming as early as the 11th or 18th of May, seeing as we've had no announcements yet and Blizzard usually give around a 10 day to 2 week warning. We don't know how long the pre-patch itself will last, but it might be a long one, as the original Burning Crusade one lasted 42 days. Also, Blizzard themselves said that they want to have the pre-patch last a while, as they are making Blood Elves and Dranei (and their zones) available then, so players can level those characters. So while the pre-patch itself may be near, the actual release is very much Blizzard "very soon", as it's most likely at least a month or two away. Blizzard also stated that they did not want the BCC launch to be too close to the Shadowlands patch 9.1 launch, but it's a little unclear as to which one might go first. 

If we don't hear any pre-patch date announcement next week, it seems likely 9.1 might go first (although we don't really know the time frame there either, so it's really a lot of guesswork).

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I think at this point we can conclude that the original suspected release date of the prepatch is likely correct, and give it maybe a month after that and we'll have tbc.. so quite soon, if you ask me

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On 4/30/2021 at 8:38 AM, GBeast said:

I think at this point we can conclude that the original suspected release date of the prepatch is likely correct, and give it maybe a month after that and we'll have tbc.. so quite soon, if you ask me

Agree with your notion!

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May 1st, 2021 - It's CHILDREN'S WEEK IN CLASSIC.

I found out by accident and I can't inform every classic player on every classic server...

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