Blizzard has warned World of Warcraft fans that certain realms in the forthcoming World of Warcraft Classic could suffer from massive overpopulation leading to queuing, having observed huge demand after it opened name-reservation for the seminal MMO.
On the WoW Classic forum, Blizzard said: “Based on name reservations so far, the Herod realm is looking to be massively overpopulated. If all existing players on this server remain there, login queues in excess of 10,000 players are a certainty, and possibly much higher than that.”
“We recently opened up the Stalagg realm, and we urge players on Herod to consider moving there. There are a lot of players currently on Herod and we want Stalagg to fill up before we open any new PvP realms. This is so that player population is spread as evenly as possible before launch, in order to provide the best play experience. While we are able to fit several times more players on a single realm in 2019 than was the case in 2006, we are not going to raise that cap any further, even though we have the technical capacity to do so. Raising realm caps would simply forestall the problem, letting more players in at launch but creating an unsustainable situation down the line, with severe queues when we turn off layering permanently before Phase 2 of our content unlock plan.”
While the fears of WoW Classic queuing Blizzard outlined above primarily concern US players, Blizzard has warned that the same issue is afflicting the Shazzrah realm on European servers, where players are also being advised to move to alternative realms.
Blizzard added: “Our top priority in planning for WoW Classic’s launch has been ensuring that we are laying the groundwork for strong realm communities that will endure over the months and years to follow, which is why we’re cautiously opening new servers to meet demand.” And the company has a bit of time before WoW Classic is released to the general public, on 27 August 2019. To keep up with the latest news on WoW Classic – billed as: “Azeroth as it was” – pay close attention to the WoW Classic website.