WoW Classic Server “Massively Overpopulated,” Warns Blizzard

World of Warcraft Classic

Blizzard is delving into the realm of nostalgia with its upcoming release of World of Warcraft Classic, the game offering gamers the chance to relive the vanilla WoW experience from the very beginning. As one might expect, fans both new and old are pretty excited about this stroll down memory lane, apparently enough to populate a WoW Classic server to the absolute brim.

Ahead of the game’s full release, Blizzard has been letting players reserve their character’s place in the MMO’s various online realms; some amassing quite the player count as evident by a recent community post. Revealed in the WoW forms, the developer informed users that PvP realm Herod has grown to over 10,000 users, a number speculated to grow significantly higher in the days before release.

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.”

Blizzard explains that while WoW Classic has much greater server capacity than the original game, this massive amount is nonetheless way more than the devs were expecting. Simply raising Herod’s realm limits, while possible, doesn’t appear to be a worthwhile solution; Blizzard admitting, “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.”

Blizzard’s plan to solve the overpopulation issue is to offer an alternative realm for players to make home. Following its recent availability, the realm of Stalagg has been opened for reservations, the hope being that some of the legions of Herod inhabitants decide to migrate. “There are a lot of players currently on Herod and we want Stalagg to fill up before we open any new PvP realms,” the post reads. “This is so that player population is spread as evenly as possible before launch, in order to provide the best play experience.”

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.”

World of Warcraft: Classic releases for PC on August 27th.

What do you think? Are you surprised at how anticipated WoW Classic has become, or are you just upset that Herod is fully booked? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter and Facebook to be informed of the latest gaming and entertainment news 24 hours a day! For more headlines recently featured on DFTG, check out these next few news stories:

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Phone-browsing Wikipedia in one hand and clutching his trusty controller in the other, the legendary Eric Hall spreads his wealth of knowledge as a writer for Don't Feed the Gamers. Be sure to catch his biweekly "Throwback Thursday" segment for a nostalgic look at trivia from the past.


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