As part of the unveiling of World of Warcraft: Dragonflight, the next expansion for WoW…
If you’ve been playing World of Warcraft: Classic lately, you may have noticed that the queues to get in are a bit more annoying than usual. And with the return of Wrath of the Lich King just around the corner, it’s not hard to imagine a situation where accessing “new” content becomes nothing short of insane as thousands of players try to log in with your characters or create a death knight to relive the adventure. We have asked Blizzard about it, and internally they are clear that it is not a big deal: everything is under control.
“Anything can happen, of course,” admits producer Joshua Greenfield in an interview with 3D Games PC, “but I’d say it’s not something that particularly worries us.” The creative also admits that the probability that the queues to enter WoW Classic are back, and even predicts that the situation could be worse than in the past —nothing they aren’t ready for in the Californian studio, mind you.
According to Greenfield, the technicians will remain attentive to the situation day after day and will take all kinds of measures to facilitate the connection to the game, such as the free transfer of characters to other kingdoms or the temporary closure of these. Actually, the first of those ideas has already been carried out: as a novelty, in regions like North America it is now possible to move a character to another server for free, so if you have friends who have just started playing, it is easier than ever to share the world with them. That should also help gauge the server population globally, of course.
As a reminder, the Wrath of the Lich King expansion will debut in World of Warcraft: Classic next year. September 26, and you have access to it from your standard WoW subscription. Currently, the community is divided on the future of the game—progressing to Cataclysm would be distasteful to many, and there are even some purists who aren’t happy with the idea of adding new difficulty modes to WotLK’s raids. Be that as it may, it is a discussion that we will see over the next few weeks, while the version retail it heads slowly and inexorably towards Dragonflight.