The fifth expansion for the world’s most recognized MMO saw a surge of new and returning players to the world of Azeroth. However, the surge also lead to many servers reaching capacity and forcing waiting lists to enter the game. World of Warcraft has not experienced queues in some time, barring emergency maintenance issues.
A Denial of Service attack also shut down the North American servers. A DDOS attack is when multiple users “flood” information to a host computer in an attempt to slow or shut down a service for its intended users. It usually requires shutting servers down and implementing additional security during maintenance for the game providers.
“In recognition of the difficulties so many of you ran into when trying to play over the first few days, we’re adding five days’ worth of extra time to every subscription in the Americas, Oceania, and Europe that was active as of Friday, November 14,” said WoW producer J. Allen Brack on the official forums. “Things are already in a much better place than they were going into the weekend, so I hope you’ll now be able to focus on having a ton of fun with this expansion.”
Blizzard also gave information about upgrades to its instancing features, which are intended to increase player capacities for their servers.
Warlords of Draenor launched on November 13 and is getting favorable reviews. The expansions comes right on the heels of the annual BlizzCon convention, where Blizzard announced a new IP and released details on the upcoming Warcraft feature film through Legendary Pictures.