Overworked Servers Plague Warlords of Draenor Expansion Release
The newest expansion to World of Warcraft, Warlords of Draenor Expansion, went live yesterday and proved that even after ten years WoW can still draw quite a crowd. Yesterday, millions of players worldwide signed on to play this new expansion and defend Azeroth from the clutches of the Iron Horde. One of the incentives for buying the latest expansion is a free level 90 upgrade allowing players to bring a current character complete with gear to the previous level cap or start a brand new toon. This upgrade included with the purchase of Warlords of Draenor was offered to bring veteran players back to the game and to allow new users a solid foundation to start experiencing Warcraft for the first time. Well Blizzard was even surprised with how much of a motivator this offer was as queue times for servers even today are still in the thousands. World of Warcraft over the last few expansions have seen a decrease in subscribers from 12 million down to 6.5 million, but we can expect to see those numbers rise dramatically after this recent release.
Those of you that remember past WoW expansion releases know that it is never a smooth ride. Long server queues, rolling restarts, and numerous bugs have always plagued launch days. Many players due to these past experiences don’t even log on till a week after a new release until all the bugs have been handled. Yesterday was no different with queue times in the thousands making players wait nearly 4 hours to begin questing, to only get booted by server crashes to have to wait in a queue once again. The fortunate ones that were able to remain online found certain quests bugged, including the certain garrison quests, one of the major additions to this expansion. It was not the best day for Blizzard and the second launch this week to be plagued with server issues.
All things considered, this is not Blizzard’s worst expansion launch by any means. After successfully getting online, the game plays very well despite the few bugged quests. The lag is minimal and currently only a day after launch there are already many players that have reached the new level cap of 100. While launch issues are still prevalent, even as you read this, Blizzard has been working around the clock releasing live hotfixes and decreasing DDoS attacks against their servers. Blizzard also shut down the servers last night between 5am and 9am PST to apply numerous updates to help with server stability and to restart some garrison services. And It was just announced as well that servers will be going down again tonight from 3am – 9am PST to implement more fixes to stabilize the Warlords of Draenor Expansion. Hopefully, by next week these issues that have plagued this launch will be handled and Blizzard employees will be able to finally go home and get some rest. In the meantime, get in queue and enjoy the new World of Warcraft expansion as long as the servers will have you.
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