World of Warcraft has been in existence for a pretty long time and during that time a lot of things have happened both in Azeroth, the game’s world, and here on earth. It still holds the coveted record of being the most popular MMORP game.
In as much as it has been experiencing some rough tides over the last few years, it still seems strong enough to survive another 5-8 years in its current position. Having been in existence for over a decade, WoW has definitely experienced some good and bad times both from the perspective of its players and Blizzard, the company that developed the game. Here are some highlights of World of Warcraft’s 12 year existence and what to expect in the future;
World of Warcraft has crushed a number of records ever since it was created. Its expansion, Cataclysm, broke all record held by PC games when it sold 3.3 million copies of its game during the first 24 hours. Ironically, the record that it broke still belonged to World of Warcraft’s previous expansion, Wrath of Lich King.
One of the main reasons as to why WoW has managed to get such a huge subscription base is because of its consistency to release good content. This coupled by the fact that there are some pretty interesting players that you can partner with from around the world makes it quite enjoyable.
One of the bad times for players in the WoW universe was during the corrupted blood plague. This plague was as a result of a bug in the game. It went viral and saw many players hibernating and not playing at all during that time.
In as much as the company that develops WoW, Blizzard, has been making profits hand over fist, the last five years have not been so good for them. That time period has seen their subscription base fall by half their peak values. Furthermore, there was also a huge lag between the release of Warlords of Draenor and Legion which premiered this year in August. This also contributed to the exit of some players from the platform.
Legion looks very promising as its opening weekend saw a lot of people enthusiastic to try it out. Of course, Blizzard has experienced this in the past where the subscription numbers hit the roof during the first month only for them to plummet back to their original values. However, the increased features that Blizzard has put into the game is seemingly attracting many people back into the game.
Blizzard has also adopted a restricted tone on what Legion has to offer and has been speaking less about the features in the game with the hope of building anticipation for the game and also ensuring that they don’t release too much info as they did with Warlords of Draenor.
It may be too early to say about how World of Warcraft will be like in the future, but one thing is certain, WoW will definitely go into 2017 unrivalled as the most popular MMORPG of all time.