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World of Warcraft is turning 10 this year

World of Warcraft is turning 10 this year

World of Warcraft is turning 10 this year.

TEN.

I’ll let that sink in for a moment.

It would not be inaccurate to say that this amazing MMORPG has dominated the industry from early on, and remains the leader in the genre still.

Countless other MMORPG’s have been touted as ‘WoW killers’ and not one has even come close to the subscriber numbers of WoW, even at its lowest point in recent years.

It’s quite mind boggling to see the number of people who immediately announce that the sky is falling whenever Blizzard posts lower subscriber numbers than the previous quarter.

However, there are a few things that people should take into consideration:

  1. We are at the end of an expansion, with no new content for several months
  2. We do not yet have a release date for WoD (announcement coming August 14th)
  3. Other major titles have been released in the interim, and people are trying them out
  4. WoD has already pre-sold over 1.5 million copies
  5. Beta is still currently only limited access

With these things in mind, it would seem odd if the subscriber numbers weren’t down.

World of Warcraft is turning 10 this year!

There is a great article over at The Noob Network called ‘Will WoW ever Die?’ which is well worth reading.

My personal view, is that this is certainly not the end of Warcraft, not even by a long shot.

Hardly a day goes by without me reading somewhere, that someone has said that The Burning Crusade was the best expansion ever.

Now for anyone playing during Vanilla, it was the first expansion. People who started playing during The Burning Crusade, usually say that Wrath of the Lich King was their favourite expansion.

I started playing during Cataclysm, and yes, you bet, my favourite expansion is Mists of Pandaria.

The conclusion that can be drawn, is that for many players, their favourite expansion is the one that is released after they first started playing.

However, I will say this…Warlords of Draenor…looks like it is going to surpass Mists of Pandaria in every single way.

From the tiniest improvements in gameplay like the bag-sorting button, to the more intuitive quest log, to the garrisons and to the giant epic story lines and gobsmackingly beautiful zones that are absolute visual feasts for players.

Combine all of the above, with the fact that we are chasing down a dastardly villain, through the very fabric of time, to the veritable home world of Warcraft, in its pristine state, racing against time to prevent the destruction that we know on some level is inevitable (why is Gul’dan already green!???).

If people who played in The Burning Crusade and subsequently quit, are not returning in droves to play Warlords of Draenor to experience all of this, then I believe that they were never truly real fans of the game in the first place.

I find it hard, to understand why the negative voices of a few disillusioned people, who gave up, can sometimes seem like they’re drowning out the voices of the true fans of the game, the ones who stay subbed, who are invested in their characters, who play the game for what they can put into it, not just what they can get out of it.

Ask not what Azeroth can do for you, rather ask what you can do for Azeroth…

So I guess what I’m trying to say, to the wonderful people out there, that are keeping the community as vibrant and amazing as it has always been, to never give up.

For those of who, who are not sure about the coming expansion, I implore you to look at the following screenshots, go and listen to, and enjoy the incredible original score and marvel with me at the level of brilliance and sheer creative genius that has gone into the creation of these zones (all created from the ground up) and ask you – how can you not be feverishly excited?

Gorgrond

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Gorgrond, between Highpass and Tangleheart

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Shadowmoon Valley

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Talador and your outpost in Talador

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If you’ve found this post, and are wondering what all this is about, you can play World of Warcraft absolutely free to level 20 to see what it’s like. I can highly recommend it.


About The Author

Artenesse

Artenesse specialises in digital graphic design, and has been a creative professional since 2006. Blogging since 2004 and gaming since before the internet was actually a thing.

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