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World of Warcraft : Public Test Realms Now Available

Posted Nov 24, 2005 by Jon Wood

Blizzard and World of Warcraft have announced that the Public Test Realms are now available. Players can transfer characters over to try out all of the changes that are coming in the next content patch.

Public test realms are now live! Players can now transfer characters over to the test realms and try out all the changes and additions coming in the next content patch, The Gates of Ahn'Qiraj. The highlights of this patch include new 20- and 40- player raid dungeons, linked Auction Houses in major cities, improved Battleground queues, Paladin class improvements, and a host of other exciting features. Click here to view the 1.9 test realm patch notes to learn more!

Players can participate in the test realms by creating a character or by copying their characters from existing realms to the test realms. Those who have previously copied their characters to the test realms will need to do so again, as all previous characters have been removed from the previous test realms. To copy your character, visit our Test Realm Character Copy page. The test build is available to download for the PC and Mac. During the first week of testing, only players who created their accounts before November 8 will be able to login to the public test realms. Also, players will not be able to log in to the public test realms if they have changed their password since November 8. All players will be able to access the test realms after next week's maintenance.

Please be aware that the test realms are there to allow us to test major content patches before the patch goes public. Therefore, some changes may be introduced to the public test realms before a patch goes live, and some changes may be introduced to the patch after the test realms have closed. To read more about the test realms, please review the Test Realm FAQ. We truly appreciate our players taking the time to help us test the latest changes to the game; thank you all!

Due to increased traffic from character copies it may take some time for you to complete the character copy process. Your patience is appreciated in this matter.

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