Blizzard is dramatically increasing WoW Classic’s server capacity to combat long queues

    
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Hey, are you sick of people complaining about WoW Classic queues? Apparently Blizzard is too, and with today’s hotfix, the studio is dramatically increasing capacity for the existing realms, eliminating or at least reducing queues for many servers.

“With hotfixes that we are currently deploying to all WoW Classic realms, we are substantially increasing the number of players that can be simultaneously logged in and playing,” the studio wrote on the forums this afternoon. “We expect this to result in smaller queues for realms that have large queues, and some realms should no longer have queues at all. We will closely monitor performance and stability throughout this process.”

Cue cheers, etc.

Yesterday, Blizzard’s Ion Hazzikostas told players that the studio had been reluctant to add too many servers to help with the launch rush as that could impact the community feel of the game in the future once that rush was over. The capacity upgrade, however, neatly sidesteps that problem.

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Doubleplusgood

I wonder how this is affecting Blizzard financially. This all must be costing them something. And since there are no box sales to cover the cost it must be coming out of their bottom line. The only additional income would be players who started or reactivated a subscription just to play classic which would only bring in $15 each.

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Dobablo

They should give priority access to anyone that buys a sparkle pony and L60 boost from the cash shop…
/grins

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Goettel

In short: whatever they did didn’t work.

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Denice J. Cook

Nice try, Blizz, but I’m on Kurinnaxx PvP which is one of the newest and lowest pop PvP servers thus far (mobbed though it still is, even with all that layering going on), and there was a 1 hour queue last night at 10pm EST. It was also laggy at times.

I have switched servers several times now; I’m not switching again. Not that it would do any good; everything else is full, too. They need to put up even more servers.

This weekend will be the first one for Classic: We ain’t seen nuttin’ yet! Never mind what it will be like once families, friends and guildies not yet in-game jump back into the fray through word of mouth and media coverage.

There are 34 US servers right now, but mark my words, we’re going to need even more.

https://worldofwarcraft.com/en-us/game/status/classic-us

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Agreed, i was shocked when i got right on as i logged in asap, but as the night went on guildy after guildy coming on were gripping about the hour(s) queue’s.

Which blows.

This is going to be interesting as where last week i was looking forward to the next retail expansion (whatever it’s going to be) all because i’m into retail, where now, no thank you, i’m pretty f’ing happy leave me alone :)

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Nathan Aldana

and then in 4 weeks or so, most of them will be ghost towns.

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The microsecond i got home i logged in and was shake head moment only 5 minutes like 22nd in line and yeah was in and kept my character non afk in the inn, while i did routine crap, where the nights before made the mistake of waiting till i could sit down to play.

So where i thought they had really made more room. later on guildies were coming on stating they waited 90 minutes, 2 hours, so yeah i guess improved a little but seems queue’s have not been totally solved.

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Bruno Brito

I’m actually having a lot of fun, and my Paladin is lvl 17 on Grobbulus ( RP-PvP ).

It’s pretty much what i thought it would be. A vanilla server. Nothing less, nothing more.

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I can’t believe how much i’m enjoying this world.

Been a few days now and yeah, i’m going all in, coming from thinking i’d work away at one toon sparingly and get to 60 someday, and that’s it.

What i was doing on retail when i started a couple months back, like having alts and this one does this professions and that one will do that ect, ect. I’m now doing on classic, i’m there to stay.

To get bags a guy is in field who is farming mats, so soon as i had 6 i’d run over to him and yeah, he didn’t even want to take tip ffs, flat out refused!

I think people are just so grateful to have a non credit card driven mmo again that hasn’t forgotten all about the RPG part, all of them and myself we have a home which isn’t going to be obliterated, or shutdown thought like you have when playing an emu.

Now i’m not saying retail sucks, they are indisputably 2 different games.

Retail has awe-inspiring graphics, moments i would stop and take in the vista, it’s quicker paced, has QOL systems that at one time you’d kill for in the early days, bag sorting ect, legendary help systems for quests, i could go on but the point is that’s what makes that wow 2.0, the modern mmorpg.

Classic is slower paced, you need to think about stuff much more, you die all the time, you have lots of rpg stuff going on like i like to let some mobs bash away at me a little longer to increase my defense, rpg chit!!! To go on and on here why classic is more for me would be a novel.

That is the nutshell, classic is for some and not for others, retail is for some and not for others. They are two different games 100%, they don’t even remotely feel like the same game. People been playing wow 2.0 all along and didn’t even know it.

I played 5 hours last night and went form level 5 to level 8, and when i was logging off i thought, this is going to be one hell of a long haul and…

I could not be happier!

The slow pace, enjoying the world, smelling the roses, rpg elements, and all for only a monthly sub. Time to DIG IN!!! So wish i was much more prepared now like how ironwu and i think mills too?

They have their games plans already in stone, i have pretty good idea as i’m just carbon copying what i was doing the last two months on retail. I’m looking at that as my warm up training for the big leagues lol.

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Bruno Brito

I played WoW vanilla and tbc in pservers for a while. It’s good all games nowadays considered. I don’t think it’s the eighty worldly wonder as people seem to think ( it’s actually a pretty mediocre game ) but it delivers what people were looking for in it: Slow paced immersion.

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^^^What he said^^^

Yep, it’s miles better than anything we have today is the crazy part.

Where back when it launched hmmm??? EQ2 or WOW??? easy call if you like deep mmorpg’s, so went racing back to EQ2 regretting wasting almost a month on wow.

Where today it’s the chit! Compared to modern mmorpg’s, it’s deep af, never thought i’d say that.

Thinking about it Daybreak (SOE) again dropped the ball, think about all the players whom want a deeper mmorpg, say a few years ago when emu’s were gaining popularity, they bomb-shelled us with a OG EQ2 option, as in classic the real deal not that progression garbage.

They could have easily taken back the crown and would been the story of stories in the mmorpg gaming world. Now too late, Blizz captured all those players that want more in their mmorpg back again.

I mean they were all just hanging there like low lying fruit.

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Bruno Brito

I actually think that two modern MMOs stand out today to have a “better” experience than WoW, but they fail in some regards: ESO and GW2.

GW2 has the world, but the character evolution is weak, given the
shaved off talent trees, skills locked to weapons, and overall difficulty of the overworld.

ESO has similar problems with a better end-product ( imo ), but the systems ( and performance issues ) kill it for me.

And both games are shrouded in QoL, which is anathema to the old experience. Combat is safe and fastpaced, which is also anathema to the old experience.

I can honestly see both games working towards a more oldschool experience, if they so desire, but they’re not into that niche.

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One main ingredient in classic is you feel immersed into the world, the world is another obstacle? resistance? item? player? i dunno like you really feel like you’re making your way in the world, you against the world feel.

All modern mmorpg’s, including retail wow all feel like just pretty backgrounds, back drops, wallpaper.

I mean animal eyes peaking out of bushes, dogs chasing rabbits, sure it’s in retail but feels meaningless as it’s lost in the pretty graphics and to do lists.

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Nathan Aldana

To you, you mean.

I find ff14 plenty immersive, but that doesnt fit your narrative of wow classic being magical in some way that makes you feel special about yourself for playing it.

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Arktouros

This is pretty much Classic as it gets. I’ve never seen a company not cave on this. Every time they’ve always increased capacity and players know to just ride it out. Happened in the original WOW as well.

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Randy Savage

players know to just ride it out

… but they sure as shit don’t act like it

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Arktouros

It’s all a dance. Devs have to say they will never increase capacity and players should spread out. Players have to whine and rage and gnash their teeth about how bad the server queues are. Eventually the Devs cave because all people talk about is how bad the server queues are which taints their game image.

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Baemir

I thought people wanted the genuine vanilla experience, lol

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being able to actually play is well worth it. Let me count, over 30 people inside the Inn in Brill, do not go outside omg lol, so layering is ok for now.

Blizz totally underestimated the demand and maybe their real fear has come to fruition, wow is dead, maybe, but i’m sure this is not helping retail, at all.

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Utakata

QQ about the queue queues? Seems a genuine Vanilla experience to me… >.>

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and that they did, got right in!!! almost was only a few minutes which after 3 hours last night feels like right in :)

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Castagere Shaikura

You do know that all this drama gives Blizzard free press.

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In this case; i approve!