The release of World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Classic on September 26 hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing, even if the main issue players are facing (server login queues) isn’t new.
Since the arrival of the pre-patch for the re-release of several beloved expansions, many of WoW Classic’s most populous servers have dealt with queues in some form. It’s an issue that Blizzard warned weeks ago would only get worse with the official release of Wrath of the Lich King Classic. The developer has gone on record that there is no technological or hardware solution to the issue, instead encouraging players on high population servers to take advantage of free server transfers to avoid long waits.
On launch day, it seems most players on crowded servers hadn’t followed that advice, as queues ballooned to five hours or more to play. Gamers who can’t afford to work from home have turned to using Google Chrome Remote Desktop to access their PCs while they’re still at work to help skip the line, or ask their roommates or partners back home. make them queue.
Even the MMORPG game’s public transportation systems seemed to collapse under the load of thousands of eager adventurers. As players piled in to board ships and zeppelins bound for Northrend, some initially found it difficult to reach the new continent, as an issue arose preventing players from properly loading into the new region. The issue appears to have since been fixed, with Blizzard allowing players to teleport directly to Northrend by speaking to specific NPCs.
It’s unclear what additional efforts Blizzard will make to help alleviate the server queue situation. In a recent interview with GameSpot, Blizzard said that if there was an easy button you could press to fix the server queue issue, it would have already done so.
Wrath of the Lich King Classic may be a re-release of the MMO’s most popular expansion, but it’s not an exact recreation. New features, such as harder Heroic dungeons, will be added in the coming months. One feature that Blizzard has gone on record not adding is the automatic dungeon finder, a topic that has become a hot topic for many in the WoW Classic community.
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