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Sam Hell
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« on: November 22, 2004, 08:54:23 PM »

Have you guys heard anything about this? I heard both ways.
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« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2004, 08:59:09 PM »

Check the bottom of this thread.

The offical word from the devs on the beta forums was, yes, this open beta client will work for release.
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« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2004, 09:05:38 PM »

Yes, it will. Might need a patch though, they havent said.
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« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2004, 10:10:57 PM »

Cool. Thx guys. Saves me a step smile
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« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2004, 10:24:01 PM »

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Yes, it will. Might need a patch though, they havent said.

The retail game will patch itself to the last version of the open beta client.

There is a dude on the Gamefaqs board who has the retail game and posted the version of his retail+patch client, and it matches that of the last open beta client.

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« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2004, 10:49:08 PM »

Can I buy a key on-line, like with CoH? I've got the beta client sitting here, so I really have no need for the physical media.
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« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2004, 11:37:04 PM »

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Can I buy a key on-line, like with CoH? I've got the beta client sitting here, so I really have no need for the physical media.


Blizzard already has stated that you will have to buy the retail box at the store.  There is no plan for online key sales.  I was in closed beta and that was mentioned a few times at the end.
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« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2004, 11:48:17 PM »

Yeah I was really hoping there would be some kind of online activation/purchase option, especially for the temp guest key that comes as part of the CE.  No dice frown

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« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2004, 03:15:23 AM »

I saw the boxes for the collectors edition (shipment boxes with the actual retail packages inside) when I was at my local EB last Friday. The last beta patch was on Wednesday....so there is a good chance that the last open beta version is more current than the CD version (a 100% chance if the last patch is one they want to use...)
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« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2004, 05:29:17 AM »

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Yeah I was really hoping there would be some kind of online activation/purchase option, especially for the temp guest key that comes as part of the CE.  No dice frown

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I think I read on the WoW forums that the guest key would be upgradeable to retail if the monthly payment is made.  I might be wrong though.
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« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2004, 10:55:42 AM »

People asked this a number of times and the last I saw was that to upgrade a guest pass you'd need to buy a copy of the game and enter in the code from that game. So it's not really a way to get into the game any cheaper than buying it, it's just a way to get you hooked.
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« Reply #11 on: November 23, 2004, 02:03:19 PM »

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I think I read on the WoW forums that the guest key would be upgradeable to retail if the monthly payment is made.  I might be wrong though.


What Charl said.  I was watching this issue closely (even got me to post on the beta boards a few times).  We were all hoping the buddy pass would be upgradeable simply by paying the subscription fee, but no dice.  

Too bad really as the math showed there was only a fairly slight advantage to buying the CE and upgrading the buddy pass (assuming it only required a subscription) versus buying two regular editions.
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