World of Warcraft Classic goes live today, though players are finding it rather difficult to get into the game’s servers. Apparently, the virtual line to get in is very, very long.
With only a few hours to go before WoW Classic’s launch, a large number of the available servers are full. Given World of Warcraft‘s popularity, a quick look at Twitch reveals over 900 thousand people logging in to watch the game, it’s not surprising that so many people want in on WoW Classic. However, it is impressive that so many of the game’s servers filled so quickly–especially since Classic’s servers hold thousands more than the original WoW’s servers did. For an idea of just how long it’s taking, look at the image below. It’s taken from our attempt to get into WoW Classic.
Even with queue times so long–and getting longer–Blizzard isn’t in a rush to add more servers to the game. Instead, the studio is aiming to create a successful groundwork from which WoW Classic can expand. “Our top priority in planning for WoW Classic’s launch has been ensuring that we are laying the groundwork for strong realm communities that will endure over the months and years to follow, which is why we’re cautiously opening new servers to meet demand,” Blizzard told Polygon.
Ahead of WoW Classic’s launch, Blizzard warned that the queue times would be a lot longer than most people may think, and outlined ways for players to avoid having to wait too long. “We urge players on realms marked Full or High to plan to play on one of these new realms to avoid the longest queues, and to help spread the player population as evenly as possible and provide the best play experience for everyone,” the studio said.
WoW Classic is basically a remake of the original WoW, featuring the same character models, combat mechanics, and skill trees of the original game as they were at launch 10 years ago. A standard WoW subscription fee is needed to access WoW Classic.