Blizzard is deleting old World of Warcraft character names

Blizzard has just issued a character reclamation warning for all World of Warcraft players. Don’t panic just yet as this only applies to characters that haven’t logged into Wow since November 2008. If you’re like me, you probably created a character or two just to reserve those badass names you like so much. Well, if you haven’t logged in with those characters for the last six years now would be a good time to do so because Blizzard is freeing up the names that haven’t seen the light of World of Warcraft in a while. In order to keep those old character names you have to log in and enter the game with them before the Warlords of Draenor patch 6.0.2 goes live. Blizzard didn’t say when this will happen so better log in asap just in case.

“With the upcoming Warlords of Draenor pre-patch (6.0.2), we will be releasing sidelined characters’ names back into the wild,” Blizzard said on the World of Warcraft forums. “Any characters that have not logged into the game since November 13, 2008 will have their names freed up, making them available to anyone creating a new character or using the paid Character Name Change service.” The company also talked about the reason for doing this. “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 preserve your unused characters’ names for your journey intro Draenor.”

So is there a name that you wanted for ages, but was always unavailable? Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for any further announcements regarding the matter because you may be in luck and that name you wanted could become available soon. World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor will be released on November 13th.