World of Warcraft
- For the classic server option dedicated to emulate the original experience, see World of Warcraft: Classic.
|World of Warcraft|
NA - 2004-11-23
|Expansion packs chronology|
World of Warcraft, often referred to as WoW (or, to refer to the game without expansions: vanilla, classic, pre-tBC or pre-BC), is a massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG) set in the Warcraft universe. It is developed by Blizzard Entertainment and contains six expansion packs: World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor and World of Warcraft: Legion.
Over time, the game's expansions have been integrated into the basic package. As of 17 May 2016, all World of Warcraft subscribers automatically have access to all of the content and features of The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, Mists of Pandaria and Warlords of Draenor expansions at no additional cost.
Meanwhile, dwarves, gnomes and the ancient night elves pledged their loyalties to a reinvigorated Alliance, guided by the human kingdom of Stormwind. After Stormwind's king, , mysteriously disappeared, Highlord served as Regent but his service was marred by the manipulations and mind control of the black dragon , who ruled in disguise as a human noblewoman.
As heroes investigated Onyxia's manipulations, ancient foes surfaced in lands throughout the world to menace Horde and Alliance alike.
- 2 factions: Horde and Alliance.
- 13 races: Human, Dwarf, Gnome, Night Elf, Orc, Troll, Undead, Tauren, Blood Elf, Draenei, Goblin Worgen, Pandaren.
- 12 classes: Mage, Warlock, Priest, Rogue, Druid, Hunter, Shaman, Warrior, Paladin, Death Knight, Monk, Demon Hunter.
- 15 professions, enabling resource gathering and item crafting:
- The Talent (and Glyphs) system allows further customization of the character's skills and stats.
- General System
- A casual-friendly character progression system.
- In-game trading, mail service, auction system, text and voice chat.
- Four server types: Normal (PvE), RP, PvP, and RPPvP.
- PvE and PvP Systems
- PvE System:
- PvP Honor system:
- 11 Battlegrounds: Warsong Gulch, Arathi Basin, Alterac Valley, Eye of the Storm, Strand of the Ancients, Isle of Conquest, Battle for Gilneas, Twin Peaks, Silvershard Mines, Temple of Kotmogu, Deepwind Gorge.
- Arena PVP System for 2v2, 3v3, and 5v5 intense, small area combat ( and beyond).
- PVP talent system
- A variety of World Events including:
- Continues and expands the lore from the Warcraft universe.
- Streamlined questlines and NPC-voiced storytelling.
- User Interface and Customer Support
- Customize AddOn and Interface with some game commands support.
- Client seamlessly supports both Mac and Windows operating systems. Linux users can play via Wine, however this is not supported and can be buggy at times.
- North America (English-US - US & Canada)
- Oceania (English-US - Australia, Hawaii, New Zealand)
- Latin America (Spanish)
- Brazil (Portuguese-Brazilian)
- Europe (English-UK, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese-Brazilian, Italian)
- South Korea
- China (Simplified and Traditional Chinese; including Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau)
- World of Warcraft Trailer
- World of Warcraft Gameplay 1
- World of Warcraft Gameplay 2
- World of Warcraft Gameplay 3
- World of Warcraft Gameplay 4
- World of Warcraft Gameplay 5
- World of Warcraft Gameplay 6
- World of Warcraft Gameplay 7
- World of Warcraft Cinematic
- World of Warcraft TV Spot
- Patch 1.1.0 - Onyxia's Lair Trailer
- Patch 1.5.0 - Battlegrounds: Warsong Gulch
- Patch 1.6.0 - Assault on Blackwing Lair
- Patch 1.6.0 - Darkmoon Faire Trailer
- Patch 1.7.0 - Rise of the Blood God
- Patch 1.7.0 - Battlegrounds: Arathi Basin
- Patch 1.9.0 - The Gates of Ahn'Qiraj
- Patch 1.10.0 - Storms of Azeroth #1
- Patch 1.10.0 - Storms of Azeroth #2
- Patch 1.11.0 - Shadow of the Necropolis
- Patch 1.12.0 - Drums of War
- 8 years of WoW
The gameplay video displayed is the first, released on November 23, 2004. Other videos were also made before the European release.
World of Warcraft's subscriber numbers have fluctuated tremendously over the years. The game reached its peak in October, 2010 with 12 million monthly subscribers, and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the world's largest and most popular MMORPG. Though World of Warcraft had dropped to 7.4 million subscribers as of the release of Patch 6.0.2, when the Warlords of Draenor expansion released a few weeks later it briefly jumped all the way back up to 10 million before settling back down to 7.1 million.
In January 2014 it was announced that more than 100 million accounts and 500 million characters had been created over the game's lifetime, with players in 244 different countries.
In November 2015 Blizzard announced that they would no longer give regular updates of subscriber numbers, as they felt there were better performance metrics they could use. For a graphical representation of subscriber numbers up to November 2015, click here.
|December 2004||400 thousand|
|March 2005||1.5 million|
|June 2005||3.25 million|
|September 2005||4.25 million|
|December 2005||5.6 million|
|March 2006||6.4 million|
|June 2006||6.6 million|
|September 2006||7 million|
|January 2007||8 million|
|March 2007||8.5 million|
|June 2007||8.8 million|
|December 2007||9.75 million|
|February 2008||10.2 million|
|October 2008||11 million|
|December 2008||11.5 million|
|March 2009||11.5 million|
|December 2009||11.5 million|
|October 2010||12 million|
|March 2011||11.4 million|
|June 2011||11.1 million|
|September 2011||10.3 million|
|December 2011||10.2 million|
|July 2012||9.1 million|
|September 2012||10 million|
|December 2012||9.6 million|
|March 2013||8.3 million|
|June 2013||7.7 million|
|September 2013||7.6 million|
|December 2013||7.8 million|
|March 2014||7.6 million|
|July 2014||6.8 million|
|October 2014||7.4 million|
|November 2014||10 million|
|December 2014||10 million|
|March 2015||7.1 million|
|July 2015||5.6 million|
|November 2015||5.5 million|
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- This section is no longer a system requirement for the latest retail patch. This is simply for historical purposes.
|Minimum System Requirements|
|Operating System||Windows® 2000/XP/Windows Vista®||Mac® OS X 10.3.9 or newer|
|Processor||Intel Pentium®3 800MHz or AMD Duron 800MHz||933 MHz G4/G5 processor|
|Sound||DirectX®-compatible sound card|
|Modem||Broadband internet connection (You must have an active Internet connection to play World of Warcraft.)||Broadband internet connection (You must have an active Internet connection to play World of Warcraft.)|
|Memory||512MB RAM||512MB RAM|
|Install Size||10 GB of free Hard Disk space||10 GB of free Hard Disk space|
|Controls||A keyboard and mouse are required.||A keyboard and mouse are required.|
|Video||Graphics processor with 32MB VRAM||Graphics processor with 32MB VRAM|
|Recommended System Requirements|
|PC & Mac®|
|Memory||1 GB RAM|
- See also: World of Warcraft evolution guide
Development of World of Warcraft was first announced in September 2001. Inspiration was taken from other MMOs such as Ultima Online and EverQuest, using the lore and characters of Warcraft as the basis for the setting. It would be a risky venture, as the company had grown used to games passing the 1 million sales mark, whereas EverQuest had peaked at the 500,000 subscriber mark. While a subscription fee would help recoup costs, there was unease as to whether the game's reception would be as positive as Blizzard's previous games.
By 2002, the game's visual design was being worked on. There was initial pushback in Blizzard as to the Alliance/Horde faction divide, as some feared that some players wouldn't like it because they couldn't play with friends (if they chose different factions).
The game released in late 2004. Surpassing expectations, the game had reached 5 million subscribers by the end of 2005. Blizzard had to develop tech and customer support on the fly in order to keep up with the demand. In 2007, Blizzard predicted that the game would last for five more years, which spurred them to develop Titan as their successive MMO.
As of 2014, Blizzard's intended development pattern is to keep content at a relatively steady pace—still producing expansions, but with shorter gaps between content implementation. The game has been likened to a sandbox with content being added over time.
As of June 2016 the World of Warcraft team comprises around 235 people.
- The introduction of Warcraft: Orcs & Humans already greeted the player by welcoming him into the "World of Warcraft". Before its cancellation, the tagline of Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans was also supposed to be "An Adventure Game in the World of WarCraft".
- The original WoW is sometimes referred to as "vanilla World of Warcraft," "pre Burning Crusade (Pre BC)," or "classic World of Warcraft". Some players make a distinction between vanilla and classic, where the latter includes the heavily modified early level content revamped during Cataclysm.
- Blizzard would later introduce World of Warcraft: Classic, also known as vanilla servers.
- Blizzard has considered making a "World of Warcraft 2" since 2004. J. Allen Brack has expressed doubts about the possibility of a sequel, stating that "there’s not really a great model for a successful sequel MMO."
- In China many models had to be edited due to not being allowed to show bones. For some examples, see the trivia sections of , , and Forsaken.
- Loading screen
- A listing of World of Warcraft-related sites.
- World of Warcraft Mac OS X Icons
- Timeline (World of Warcraft) for a timeline of game milestones since its announcement.
- The World of Warcraft Townhall
- ^ Warlords of Draenor Added to the Base Game, Warcraft Movie Footage and Interview (2016-05-17)
- ^ WoW official trailer
- ^ Story of Warcraft: chapter 8
- ^ WORLD OF WARCRAFT® SUBSCRIBER BASE REACHES 12 MILLION WORLDWIDE.
- ^ Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition - Records - PC Gaming. Retrieved on 2009-10-17.
- ^ WoW Up to 7.4 Million Subscribers. Retrieved on 2014-10-14.
- ^ WORLD OF WARCRAFT® SURPASSES 10 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS AS WARLORDS OF DRAENOR™ LAUNCH BEGINS. Retrieved on 2014-11-19.
- ^ WoW Down to 7.1 Million Subscribers. Retrieved on 2015-05-06.
- ^ World of Warcraft: Azeroth by the Numbers. Blizzard Entertainment (2014-01-28).
- ^ Blizzard Will No Longer Report World of Warcraft Subscriber Numbers
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- ^ Web Archive - Fusion NET: Blizzard Entertainment Announces World of Warcraft.
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