If you’re the type of gamer who likes to keep an eye on certain new release titles with the intent to make a decision on whether or not you’d like to play it depending on how the numbers are looking a month or two after its release — this article is for you. World of Warcraft’s newest expansion Warlords of Draenor (WoD) has recently launched and since it’s release has not only increased Blizzards active subscription player-base by roughly 25%; but it’s brought back a lot of the things those who were devoted to the game years ago really loved most about it.
If you’re new to the game, TGS would formally like to extend you a warm invitation and advise you that now is your time to give it a shot! Many people would argue (and agree) that after WoW’s initial release, the Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King were (and always would be) the best titles and era of WoW, ever. Within those two expansions we were introduced to some awesome features such as Flying, new Races, Classes & tons more. Overall, the lore was spot on and we felt as if we were participating in something much larger than just the game itself. It truly was Warcraft, and many people held on to that memory of ‘what-was’ in the hopes that one day we would return. Ladies and Gents., I think we have.
If you’ve been actively playing WoW for some time now you may agree with us that WoW’s Cataclysm and Mists of Pandaria expansion definitely were not its brightest moments. Overall, there was about a 3-4 MILLION subscription decrease after the ending of WoTLK and since then has been spiking up and down with a lingering total of about 7 million subscribers. On November 13th of this year, things changed. Blizzard recently released that their subscriptions have GROWN over 3 MILLION players within the last quarter and week after WoD’s release with ~2m copies sold. For a game that just reached its 10 year mark — these figures are very promising.
So why, do you ask? Why did all of a sudden Blizzard jump up millions of players? Truthfully, it’s because of where Warlords of Draenor brings us back too. Piggy-backing off of where MoP left off, we’re forced to go back-in-time and halt the creation of the Dark Portal and confront the 7 Warlords that are threatening the world of Azeroth itself. This expansion introduced us to new player models, Garrisons (player housing) as well as tons of other content and ability pruning that bring us back to the core of what Wacraft is all about.
Yes, I do realize that it may sound a little cheesy. I’ve personally played this game for about 9 years and have never been this excited about the game since Burning Crusade. There is just something about it that makes you want to keep playing and exploring the world. For the first time the leveling experiencing is absoluting captivating, the voice-acting is spot on and of course Blizzard is known for their cinematics and they are no disappointment. On top of that, Blizzard has also disabled the use of flying mounts in Draenor in an attempt to gather some feedback on how the player base feels about that. The game has become a lot more immersive again and you are no longer gated by annoying dailies or pre-qualifications.
Overall, WoD is a huge step back in the right direction and we here at TGS.net just wanting to let you know that. We highly encourage you to check out the expansion if you were thinking about re-subbing or coming back to the game. If you’re a new player there literally is no better time for you to start! Give it a chance, you’ll like it! You may even just LOVE it! 🙂 If you’re looking to get right in the action and skip the leveling process if it’s not for you, feel free to head on over to www.TGS.net and take a look at your safe, secure and fastly-delivered accounts! You won’t be disappointed!
FOR THE ALLI-ORDE! *snickers*