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August 27, 2019


Long-time fans have been eagerly waiting for the release of World of Warcraft Classic, but it looks like a majority of players are going to have to wait even longer to feel the nostalgia.

Due to the sheer amount of players trying to get into the servers, players are being queued from 20 minutes up to 1000 minutes or even 16 hours of wait time to just play. The length of time usually varies on when players have entered the game, so many getting off work to play WoW Classic may have had to wait another day to get a crack at questing in Azeroth again.

And considering the amount of time, developer stubbornness, and sheer amount of effort and attention being drawn to this nostalgia trip, it’s not surprising that these queues would not deter any one from playing.

More than one million people tuned into the World of Warcraft streams on Twitch to watch others play the game. This caused it to launch to the top of the platform, WoW streamers like Asmongold and Esfand were among the most popular with non-endemic streamers to WoW like Shroud and DrLupo also reaching very high numbers.

In game, the world of Azeroth has never felt more populated. Many new characters, fresh in cloth armor and the most common of items, hopping and bouncing around like 2004. The high population has had some effect on the mechanics of the game, such as quest items being dropped one at a time. Players made an in-game solution throughout the world with non-game moderated queue lines – these WoW players coordinated themselves into a single file line to receive in an item in a video game that was released 15 years ago.

It should be interesting how long WoW will be at the forefront of attention, the prior precedent of its popularity notwithstanding, but with no other games being released and the battle royale genre being hit with controversies (i.e Apex’s loot microtransactions, Fortnite’s mech, and PUBG’s technical stagnation,) it may be able to stay there for longer than some think.

Credit: Rudolf Baldovino

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