World of Warcraft (WoW) is one of the most successful MMORPG games in the world, having reached 12 million active players at its peak. When it was announced back in 2017 that they planned to go back to the basics with World of Warcraft Classic, fans did not know what to expect. On one hand, we all missed the original magic of World of Warcraft. On the other hand, we were unsure of how an almost-barebone version of WoW would have translated in today’s world.
The whole premise of World of Warcraft Classic is making the pre-expansion version of the game available to play in 2019. WoW Classic recreates the version of the game after patch 1.12.1 and fully preserves the charm of the original. While sacrifices were made in terms of features, there is still a lot to love. Everything from the visuals to the quests to the NPCs is lifted from the dearly-missed version, even some of the bugs are preserved, which harken back to the good old days before all the modern-day add-ons. Of course, there are some technical refinements as they are needed for the game to run smoothly in today’s environment.
After the initial epic launch that shockingly doubled WoW’s subscriber base, critics speculated that the hype will eventually die down as WoW classic is mostly driven by nostalgia. However, fans are clearly addicted to Classic’s surprising difficulty and old-school charm. They can also add more excitement by looting gold on websites like lootwowgold.com. In January 2020, 357,000 were still active on US and EU servers, suggesting that WoW Classic is here to stay!
If you already have a World of Warcraft subscription then there’s no need to worry, as Classic automatically comes with the package. If you have been away from WoW for a while and are a new player looking to join in the fun, subscription is available at $14.99 monthly and solid discounts are offered for longer-term subscriptions. ActiVision Blizzard clearly made a clever decision bringing back the beloved World of Warcraft Classic and they will certainly continue to see the fruits of this investment for the foreseeable future.