It is hard to believe it has been a year. It feels like it has been both much longer and no time at all since WoW Classic launched.
Last year we were standing around in queues in the very crowded starter areas politely waiting for our turn with a quest mob.
Of course, it isn’t like I have been in any hurry to get to the end of the game. I have a couple characters in the mid-50s and a couple more in their 40s and we’re just now tackling Sunken Temple. Some short breaks have happened. But we have kept plugging along.
And it has been good.
I know, back in the build up to the launch, I was pretty starry eyed about the game and its potential. I literally have a post from last August, after the final load test, with the title “All I want to do is Play WoW Classic.”
But I was also a bit worried. When I get heavily invested in something coming down the pike it often leads to disappointment when reality fails to live up to expectations. And I was so very invested in WoW Classic.
But here’s the thing; I was not disappointed. Things were and remain good.
Sure, they were not perfect. The recreation is not exact. There have been issues. Issues are part of the MMORPG experience. But the popularity of WoW Classic keeps getting proven. Blizz removed layering again last week and and queues returned.
That is a sign that things are still rolling pretty strong.
Overall, I think the game has lived up to my desire of last year. I have done things other than play WoW Classic, but it has also been part of the bedrock of my rotation. The instance group being back together is great and we all seem to be having a good time reliving our early days in the dungeons that were there for us back then.
I just hope Blizzard has a long term roadmap for the classic idea. Maybe we’ll hear something at virtual BlizzCon this year. But they really need a plan. Even if Shadowlands does very well Blizzard has shown in the past that they really need something to boost subscriptions after about a year.