Blizzard announces they will be temporarily closing character transfers for World of Warcraft Classic on April 30. During this time, Blizzard will be preparing their snapshot systems for WoW Classic characters in anticipation of the upcoming Burning Crusade Classic and WoW Classic Era realms.
The closure is likely to last for multiple weeks, according to the statement, after which the character transfer service will re-open. We don’t know how long multiple weeks is, exactly.
Blizzard will announce the actual snapshot date at a later time when they have a better idea.
We have no official release day for the launch of Burning Crusade Classic. However, this update shows that they are hard at work preparing for it, and the pre-patch is likely on the horizon. Here’s a statement from the official Blizzard 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.”