Blizzard was ‘blown away’ by World of Warcraft Classic beta engagement

    
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We do not regret to inform you of this at all.

It might have only lasted a short time, but World of Warcraft Classic’s beta test certainly made an impression — on both the community and Blizzard. In fact, the studio said that it was surprised just how much players were engaged with the temporary test realm.

“One thing I noticed was just how passionate people were about the beta,” said Lead Software Engineer Brian Birmingham. “We were really thrilled and blown away by just how much people wanted to play, night after night, even though they know these characters are going to get wiped out before we release. It really blew us away how dedicated people were.”

Birmingham said that between now and the launch of WoW Classic on August 27th, the team is hard at work squashing as many of the bugs that surfaced during the beta as possible. In terms of launch day queues, he noted that Blizzard is better prepared than it was in 2004 to handle crazy large influxes of players — the studio will even set up a “war room” to monitor the first day of live operation.

“Definitely, in terms of rough sizing, we are treating it as the same level of event internally as a major expansion launch. It’s all hands on deck. The whole World of Warcraft team is lending a hand, making sure we’re good to go,” he said.

In response to what might happen after the six phases of post-launch content are rolled out, Birmingham said that he didn’t know of any plans right now but that the studio would continue to evaluate community feedback on the issue.

Source: Eurogamer

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Drago

Enjoy it while it lasts.. Look at Lineage 2 classic, sure it started off classic (well almost) and here we are 3 years later and it’s got auto macros, cash shop in both EU/NA, kamaels (that’s a class) are in classic they removed the item grade and there’s no 1st/2nd class change quest anymore. It wont be long until WOW classic will end up with bits of WOW of today.

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gmc93l2

I doubt.

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Drago

Why ? what makes you think this is any different to all the other so called Classics. Well we will see..

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Bluxwave

Its going to be great to experience a smooth server for The great game Warcraft.
Reminds me of what I used to play back then, baldurs gate and neverwinter nights.
I decided when I was in hospital I would play WoW and just WoW…. I ended up playing for 12 years until the game just lost touch with what it was.
Final countdown.

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Vinnie travi

I never played Vanilla until 2 years ago on Private servers. I have played wow on and off since Wotlk. It has never held my interest but I absolutely loved Vanilla on the Pservers. The leveling is so much more engaging. Getting a weapon upgrade at level 7 seriously feels better than getting an epic in BFA. I died a million times questing, it is nearly impossible to die while questing in retail. Thats why gear upgrades matter in Vanilla.

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zeko_rena

Not sure if I will give it a go, I think if I did and I log in it won’t be as good as my memories.

Still would be nice if you had an active WoW sub if you could get classic at a discount per month or if you had a classic account you could get a WoW account at a discount per month.

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silverlock

Its all included. One sub gets you both.

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BGZD

I dont understand why people want this.. WoW is WoW.. sure, it was fun back in classic.. but that doesnt mean its fun today. The same mechanics have been mimicked a hundred times over with every MMORPG out today. I guess I am the only one that doesnt care at all about WoW classic…

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silverlock

And that’s fine, most players wont like classic but a lot of us do. WOW classic was a bigger game then it is now and much bigger then all the copies.

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Bruno Brito

People don’t want Classic for the novelty.

Look, i’m all for trashtalking Classic. It was a mediocre game, and WoW was always a mediocre game which is taken as the holy grail of MMOs.

But it grinds my gears when people keep telling other people what they should like or not, or what they want or not. People who want Classic, at least those who come from pservers, know EXACTLY what they want.

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BGZD

yeah i get it.. im not shitting on anyone for liking it… play whatever makes you happy. I am just trying to wrap my head around it because it just seems so boring to me lol

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Bruno Brito

I’m going to level with you here: Most new-age mmos to me feel boring. I agree that Classic is pretty low-octane, but that’s kinda what makes it less intantaneous and more of a long story thing.

It takes you a crapload of time to even get a rotation going. You get a rotation on Retail at like what, lvl 20?

It’s because the game forces you to stop and smell the roses, or at least to plan around the spikes, that you actually enjoy the journey and the roses.

Not everyone’s cup of tea, but i would be extremely happy with games taking some hints of old relics, and keeping some modern stuff. I would be extremely happy for instance, with WoW keeping Classic time to kill, with added Housing, Transmog, etc etc. Make the game more fun, make the world more interactive with the playerbase, and yet, make it that you actually feel a life there, and not just five minutes of excruciating powerfantasies.

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Vinnie travi

There are no MMO’s out like it right now. Every MMO the leveling is mind numbingly boring. Classic leveling is exciting because there is danger.You actually need to gear up. The economy is important. When is the last time at level 15 you searched the AH desperatly because you needed better gear because you are getting you ass kicked. There are no games like this out anymore. Not to mention group quests, which I love from playing Lotro SoA. The leveling is light years better than retail

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Dawn

Here’s the deal from my perspective. I’m playing an RPG with hundreds (millions) of other people. It’s the RPG experience I crave. WoW turned into an endgame grind, that’s what is Not fun to me. I want a 6 month adventure. =)

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Utakata

I suspect many do want it for the novelty…unless you have surveyed every individual about WoW Classic that backs your claim up. To which I also suspect you haven’t, therefore you shouldn’t be making lofty assertions. Just saying.

…personally though, I think Classic has given the hardcorez, cupcakes something to whack off over. That where most the hype could be coming from. Again, it’s my opinion though, to which evidence may or may not be supportive of. Just saying again. :)

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Akagi

People want Classic, because Retail is not fun and there is no other MMORPG that is as fun as Vanilla WoW.

It’s that simple.

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Skoryy

I’m quietly taking notes from my experiences in CoH: Homecoming, I’m curious to see if they’ll compare to the upcoming Vanilla experience. A quick summary would be ‘its nice to be back, but you’re only picking up where you last left off.’

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Apridise

If subscription numbers are higher then they are now long term then classic is a win for Blizzard. For the community, it’s a win regardless because even if classic is harder then what we remember, classic IS a very different game then what WoW is today, so we essentially will be getting two MMO’s to play for one subscription fee.

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Arktouros

I’m more interested in hearing people’s thoughts on “You think you want it, but you really, really don’t.” once all the classic content has dried up or there’s too big of a lull in between content drops.

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memitim

If you actually played it casually I suppose you could get quite some time out of it really but I doubt anyone will be able to hold a casual guild together that can field a 40-man raid force. Everyone will just join the biggest guild and clear the raids the day they drop, it happens everytime, I give it 6 months at best before its a ghost town.

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xpsync

I mean already listening to count down to classic, over and over again, i stopped playing because my guild stopped playing, all my friends stopped playing, my podcast live show or whatever the f it was gave up, yeah at the time it was all new and awesome, and worked 100%, but yeah were all coming back and re-brewing shows, podcasts, and this time it’ll have staying power, i dunno man, obv didn’t work long term before, why would you expect it to this time?

I predict a compressed version this time, instead of two years, compress that to two months, once that novelty wears off, and remember lots of people still fall on to the hype train, yea reality might set in and yeah, if you walked before, you’ll prolly walk again.

Then you have the people who know what they want and they want classic, just hope blizz doesn’t back pedal and tun it into a progression joke.

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freyr_prime

The content will dry up of course, but it’ll take awhile. They’re breaking content into 6 phases, and even then I think you’re underestimating how long it’ll take your average player to hit end game.
I intend to go hard at launch (as hard as I can at 36). Even then I’ll be happy if I hit 60 in 3-4 weeks, which is honestly pretty fast considering most of the top streaming guilds are giving their members 2 weeks to cap.
Plus, how long do you think it takes people to farm all the damn gear they need? Countless UBRS, Dire Maul, etc… That’s not even taking into account resist gear!

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xpsync

Also forgotten is the base game supersedes all the expansions as a whole, the base game is f’in massive. Has half of all the levels of all 7? expansions put together.

Lots of people love alts, most wow players are casual even if the love classic in the sense they don’t throw their lives at the game, but still like more challenge, theoretically in a realistic way a huge portion of classic players can play for years and years and never cap.

My condensed crunch is the hype train players, or the were coming back now that classic is the new hype train, yea we walked before but it’s going to be different this time, umm no, you’ll still walk just wont take two years this round.

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kalech

Of course Classic might have an expiration date. I’m sure they’ll run out of content eventually.

But… What’s your point? Do you think that people who are looking forward to classic are somehow unaware of the fact that the content is finite, and that once the content runs out we’ll all gasp and realize that all those nitpicking complainers were right all along!! :OOO

I know that Classic isn’t gonna last forever. That’s fine. It doesn’t have to. Games don’t need to last forever to still be enjoyable. I’ll play it while its around and when the content dries up, I’ll unsub and go find something else to play.

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MurderHobo

I think all the classic content is a year or two of gameplay at my pace, which is about as far ahead as I’ve ever looked for a game to entertain me.

That alone isn’t enough of a draw, but we’re presently in a dry spell between games that grab my attention and I have friends and family who keep asking about it, so… yeah. I’ll give it a shot until something better comes along.

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Jake Boller

It’s almost like there have been people waiting for Vanilla servers since 2007…

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Bruno Brito

Shortsighted.

That being said, Classic issue won’t be starter numbers, but sustainability.

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NecroFox4

Possibly. But if my play style and desires are any indication of the community’s, sustainability won’t be a huge issue. Classic takes some definite time investment to progress to, and participate in, the end game content. That time commitment, coupled with the clear class identity and customization present in the Classic build, provides a large amount of replay value. Leveling a Rogue is very different from leveling a Paladin, or a Warrior. And I’m very much looking forward to that.

It really is that simple for me; the game is fun, and has more than enough replay value through the different classes (and even factions) to keep me around for a long time. Years, even. And that’s without any additional content additions beyond what has been announced.

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Bruno Brito

But if my play style and desires are any indication of the community’s, sustainability won’t be a huge issue.

I don’t know. It depends honestly.

In the end, Light’s Hope kept a shitload of players, and Kronos survived for years with a server’s stable pop. Pretending that maintaining like 20 servers with 2,5k players is a lot for Blizzard doesn’t help anyone.

That being said, it’ll depend on how much they are expecting to make with Classic. If the shareholders and ActiBlizzard expect Blizz to become a huge boost in revenue at launch, and want them to keep the herculean task of mantaining that revenue for years to come, then i’ll say “this is shitty”.

MMOs tend to grow stale and worse as time goes by. Classic will NOT break this recipe 14 years down the road. If the expectations aren’t realistic of “huge boost at the start, and decent revenue at the end but nothing earthshattering”, then we’ll be in for some ActiBullshit.