From launch, all WoW subscribers will have access to Classic, so you might as well take it for a spin.
Following a public demo at Blizzcon 2018, Blizzard has now finally announced the launch date for Classic servers: they will be going live on August 26 for North America and the United Kingdom, and August 27 for the rest of the world. Meanwhile, players who want to participate in a later trio of stress tests, taking place this May, June, and July, can opt in by flipping a toggle in their official Blizzard accounts.
"Select WoW players will be invited" to the classic version's first closed beta period beginning May 15, though Blizzard didn't confirm what makes particular WoW fans more eligible than others (perhaps the ones who signed certain petitions get bumped to the front of the list).
The release date for the WoW Classic beta has been set for tomorrow, May 15. So even if you opt-in for a chance of joining the fun, there's no guarantee you will be selected.
World of Warcraft Classic lets you play the game as it existed nearly 15 years ago, upon the release of the 1.12 "Drums of War" update.
"We may also consider additional factors such as how long a player has been subscribed to the game so that we have the right mix of players to ensure great feedback toward making WoW Classic the very best experience for the community".
Ahead of the August 27 release date, character creation options will be going live earlier.
Anyone with an active subscription or game time can create up to three World of Warcraft Classic characters per account, though Blizzard said there will be more information on realm names closer to launch.