As I guessed earlier, Molten was planning to release a Mists of Pandaria public test realm very soon, only I didn’t actually guess it was this soon.
Here’s the latest news post over on the Molten forums
It gives me immense pleasure to announce that we are releasing Stormstout, our first Mist of Pandaria 5.4.2 realm. As you know we have been working on this project for a long time.
We are inviting you to test Stormstout and to provide your feedback. During the testing period we expect you to be tolerant to bugs, phasing issues, crashes and any other unforeseen issues and to help us improve Stormstout. After the test period which is expected to last for one to two months all player data will be wiped to begin fresh on an improved realm.
Stormstout has been set to a population cap of 3,500.
To ensure that that almost every part of the game is visited or used, experience rate on Stormstout is 5x.
This number may be lowered depending on stability and any other unforeseen issues.
Website features for Stormstout will remain disabled for the duration of the test period.
To accompany the launch of Mists of Pandaria, we are releasing a new bugtracker.
The new bugtracker is aimed at improving the development process and the player experience at Molten. Its comprehensive functions allow to track bug-fixing and to manage changelogs more efficiently. The new bugtracker is very intuitive. It won’t take you long to learn how to use it effectively for reporting problems.
The new bugtracker can be found here.
Let me take this opportunity to thank our mighty developers who have contributed their passion and professionalism to make this glory moment happen.
Thank you for being with us.
HermesQuote:Everyone please keep in mind the first 24 hours will be very hectic.
We will be working very hard and fast to fix any crashes that happen to bring stability on par with other realms.
Expect a lot of crashes as we have not stress tested our Mists of Pandaria under adequate load.
For those who want to play, you can go grab your client download over on the Molten forums at http://forum.molten-wow.com/showthread.php?t=262395
Here’s also a guide for those retail players (like me) that want a copy of 5.4.2 and don’t want to download the full client