Long Warlords of Draenor Queues Caused By More Players Returning Than Predicted
Have you been spending the good part of your day in a queue trying to play World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor? You aren’t alone. World of Warcraft has been hit by the longest queues in MMO history, some extending further than eight hours in length.
Part of the reason for the queue length is the reduction of server capacity on the part of Blizzard. This was done to remedy lag issues that plagued the early release of Warlords of Draenor, impacting the quality of life of those who managed to survive the queues.
Many have speculated that the lag and queues can be blamed in-part to DDoS attack. When asked about it, Community Representative Josh Allen commented the following on Twitter:
the “problem” is that there are way more people trying to play than our systems can handle.
Community Manager Bashiok posted an update shortly after with the following details:
We’re beginning work on the Europe hardware upgrades now that realms have been brought down for maintenance. In addition we’re pushing out code hotfixes we’ve been testing to the Americas and Oceanic realms, and we’ll be applying those same fixes to Europe realms during their maintenance. We’ll continue providing regular updates, but please be aware that most of our efforts are now focused on the Europe and Americas/Oceanic hardware upgrades.
Allen followed up by stating that “this should allow the servers to sustain a substantial number of additional players“. It looks like a remedy is in sight.
So the question is, why wasn’t Blizzard ready for the launch? The answer to that is that it was prepared, but not enough. It appears that Warlords of Draenor‘s popularity has exceeded estimations. If you hear a statement soon about Warlords of Draenor boosting World of Warcraft‘s subscription count to enormous heights, don’t be surprised. This expansion might have a troubled launch, but the content is staggering. Word is getting around.
Also See: Warlords of Draenor First Impressions
This launch has been shaky, but hopefully things will be smoothed over soon and we can all get back to being able to log in when we want. And to those saying that this is the worst MMO launch in history, you might want to brush up on your history.