Katricia von Blizzard hat im Offizielle Forum eine Stellungnahme zu der geleakten Alpha-Version veröffentlicht und gleichzeitig angekündigt, dass bereits Ende dieses Monats die Anmeldungen zur Beta-Phase losgehen werden:
As many of you know, we are currently conducting an internal Alpha test for World of Warcraft. Our goal for this Alpha test is to provide the best possible experience for players when the Beta launches in early 2004.
Wann der Beta-Test dann starten wird, ein paar Wochen wird es aber sicherlich dann noch dauern.
In order to accelerate the testing process, we recently allowed a small group of external testers to play the game. During this process, a collection of files was leaked to the Internet. While these files contain alpha content from the game, they are not fully playable and therefore do not convey the experience that World of Warcraft will provide when it is released.
We are currently investigating this matter and will take serious action against those involved.
As always, we appreciate the interest and enthusiasm that players around the world have for World of Warcraft, and we look forward to delivering a massively multiplayer game unlike any you have ever experienced. Until then, we ask that you refrain from sharing any content that doesn't come directly from Blizzard Entertainment.
Lastly, we would like to announce that sign-ups for the World of Warcraft Beta test will begin at the end of this month.