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Diligent players have been reporting World of Warcraft Classic bugs as the game has just kicked off its beta test. Developers are typically quite thankful for bug reports as it helps them shore up any mistakes they may have missed in their quality assurance process. However, sometimes a feature or quirk is erroneously reported as a bug. Enough of these misreported bugs have popped up that Blizzard has decided to respond.
The “WOW Classic ‘Not A Bug’ List” has been posted to the game’s official forums. The list highlights several commonly-reported bugs that are working exactly as intended. Several of the items on the list seem like strange quirks, but several of the items can also be interpreted to be genuine bugs. That said, Blizzard is deciding to leave them in for posterity’s sake.
“[T]he nature of WoW Classic sometimes invokes different memories for different players, and this leads to certain misconceptions for some about what is or isn’t working as intended,” the forum post began. It continued by saying that the items on this list are not actually bugs but “working as we expect it to.”
Some of the World of Warcraft Classic bugs reported by players could be attributed to design decisions. For example, Taurens have a slightly larger hitbox and slightly longer melee reach than the other races and the health regeneration for Warriors is “working at the expected rate.” Additionally, quest objectives and points of interest are not shown on the minimap, a feature that didn’t make it into World of Warcraft in its earliest builds.
However, some of the World of Warcraft Classic bugs are exactly that: bugs. NPCs that offer multiple quests inconsistently display them as a dot or exclamation point. “They were inconsistent in 1.12, and we’ve reproduced the exact inconsistency they had back then,” the forum post stated.
Many of the World of Warcraft Classic bugs reported by players so far are indeed features, but several of the reported issues are bugs that have been left in for posterity’s sake. It just goes to show that while many of us had fond memories of World of Warcraft’s early days, it wasn’t all sunshine and lollipops back then.