As part of their contingency plans for a busy WoW Classic release, Blizzard has now launched some new World of Warcraft realms.
“Due to very high demand, we’ve opened two new WoW Classic realms in this region: Kurinnaxx – PvP – Pacific Kromcrush – PvP – Eastern,” the latest Blizzard server update explains.
“We suggest that players choosing a realm consider one of these, as other realms currently marked as “Full” population will experience extended queues.”
ORIGINAL: As Blizzard predicted, WoW Classic has launched with significant queue times for the popular Realms, but there are hopes that Blizzard will implement their contingency plans to help alleviate the issues tonight.
Players trying to enjoy the vanilla World of Warcraft experience are reporting high wait times when trying to load in their characters.
This was something that was expected with today’s release, following the hype slowly building since WoW Classic’s initial 2018 reveal.
Here are just a few of the most recent reports:
“Can’t even play properly. Constant log outs, not loading etc. Ahhh, Classic WoW launch,” one user writes.
“Currently sitting at 5300 on Thalnos,” another adds.
And there are even reports that some of the new Realms released today are overloaded, with one WoW player adding: 9500 wait on Incendius (the realm that came out today).”
“Pretty frustrating. Got on this realm because it was supposed to be fresh.”
The new WoW Classic Realms opened today include Incendius, Bigglesworth, Old Blanchy, and Westfall.
Blizzard says that relative realm population will be visible in-game to help in choosing a realm.
So WoW fans should see Low, Medium, or High in the realm selection screen, making for an early warning for long queue times.
If there are high numbers of players congregating on individual realms during name reservation and character creation, Blizzard will post warnings about the potential for queues on those realms, giving you time to choose alternate realms.
“Based on the response we got from name reservations, we’re anticipating large player populations for some realms initially,” Blizzard posted before launch.
“This may change as players switch to lower population realms. We’ll use layers to help improve performance in the short-term if large groups of players cluster in an area. We hope to reduce the use of layering over time as people spread out in each realm.”
For now, there is no real way of knowing how long WoW Classic queue times could last on popular servers.
And it appears that initial popularity has led to the newest realms being overrun, meaning it might take a while for things to smooth out.
The good news is that Blizzard has confirmed that they have a contingency plan for such a situation, telling fans:
“We have contingency plans in place to bring up additional realms quickly if needed. We may also integrate character transfers (this ultimately became a service in original WoW.)
“As you can imagine, it’s difficult for us to gauge how many people will come to play Classic and stay on to experience max-level content.
“Ultimately, we want to see realms with healthy stable populations so we’ll try to match demand without inadvertently creating low population realms in the process.”
So we may see new updates and realms going live in the next 24 hour to help cope with the large intake of WoW Classic fans.