Dear TBC community.
Over a year ago we created the Ares Test Realm, which was based on our old TBC realm. The goal of the project was to rewrite various scripts, parts of the code, and to introduce a few new features.
We intended to release a new and improved realm within a few months.
However, as we dug deeper and tested more content, we realized that we wanted to do much more with this project than simply rewrite a few parts of the game.
We considered all of our options and made a list of things we wanted to achieve, in order to provide
a project where you can truly enjoy your journey through this expansion.
Once we release, you can look forward to:
- Fully rewritten dungeon and raid content, into which we have put hundreds hours of research and internal tests
- Fully rewritten Outland zones, thanks to many public testers
- Significantly improved and cleaned core, allowing us to easily fix many class and mechanic issues, using correct methods instead of workarounds
We have also focused on many smaller issues that were mentioned in previous news postings.
Over the course of 13 months we have been asked many times about our release date. We were not able to provide a date because we wanted to be absolutely sure that when we announced it, we could deliver on that promise.
Now we have come to a stage where we can resolve all pending issues very quickly with a lot of time left before release, ensuring a smooth launch.
Ares will be released on 21st of October 2017.
Content will be tuned and gated to a state before 2.1.0 patch. A short summarized list
can be viewed here.
Nothing from the current Ares Test Realm will get transferred to the Ares realm.
Vanilla raids will be closed at release, but will be opened after we address major issues in them.
Item stats and talents will not be modified.
We would like to thank everyone who participated in testing and reported issues on our bug tracker.
We would also like to thank you, the TBC community, as none of this would be possible without you, your support, and your eagerness to play this great expansion even after so many years.