Blizzard to reclaim old World of Warcraft character names

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Names to be removed from characters that haven’t been played since 13th November 2008

If you have an unused character on World of Warcraft with a name that you’d like to hang on to then you may wish to log back into the game.

Blizzard has announced a a game-wide "character name reclamation" is to take place with the launch of the upcoming Warlords of Draenor pre-patch (6.0.2).

Names are to be reclaimed from characters who haven’t logged in since November 13, 2008 as Blizzard seek to offer a wider choice of monikers to WoW gamers.

"Our goal with this great name liberation is to make sure new and returning players have a large and varied pool of names available to choose from - so log in now if you wish to preserve your unused characters' names for your journey intro Draenor," said the developers.

Logging in on all characters with names you want to keep preserves them. There is the chance you'll be able to reclaim wiped names after the log-in deadline, but popular names are bound to go fast.

While there’s no solid date for the pre-patch, Warlords of Draenor is to launch on November 13th.

Warlords of Draenor will be giving WoW Character models an upgrade, adding extra polygons and better textures. The level cap is set to increase to 100 and new class specific perks are being brought in. Draenor also comes with World of Warcraft's answer to player housing with Garrisons.

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