Created by Blizzard Entertainment, World of Warcraft made its debut in 2004 and won the hearts of countless gamers worldwide. This MMO (massively multiplayer online) game has significantly impacted this genre since its launch.
However, it’s no secret that the title hasn’t been doing well recently.
But with the release of this exhilarating new expansion, World of Warcraft: Shadowlands became the top-selling games of all time.
You read that right, of all time.
Blizzard entertainment explains their game sold so quickly on the first day, 3.7 million copies were sold around the world. This turn of events may seem a bit unexpected – we would not have foreseen a practically dead title revive itself and become the top-selling game to date.
It’s not that startling if we really get into it. Blizzard’s Diablo III was actually the record holder before, with 3.5 million people purchasing the game.
So, what is it about this expansion that’s gotten everyone thrilled?
The Shadowlands expansion
As the eight World of Warcraft expansion, Shadowlands is one of the most fruitful releases for the title.
The new WoW additions include more maps and zones and electrifying features like a mega-dungeon named Torghast, Tower of the Damned. What’s intriguing about this dungeon area is that it’s different each time players enter it.
It’s one of the most fascinating features of WoW so far.
The new adventure on Twitch
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands also became highly popular on Twitch. Only a few days ago, it was the most-watched title, with over 37 million hours.
This was the “Race to World First” premiere on December 15th, and since then, the latest WoW expansion has been going strong on Twitch.
Does this sudden popularity come from the awesome set of new features players have come across in Shadowlands?
Perhaps more factors are contributing to the game’s ultimate fame.
More popularity because of the pandemic?
Yes, that might be a big enough contributor as well. Because of COVID-19, people have been staying in with a lot more time to spare for lengthy yet remarkable adventures in the online world.
In any case, it’s obvious that the game has had a significant “revival.”
So, what does this mean for WoW fans? What can we expect for its future?
The future of World of Warcrafts
As difficult as it is to admit, this sudden WoW craze is most likely temporary.
During the last five years, we’ve seen many WoW ups and downs. A strong pattern suggests the game regains a huge number of players every time there’s another expansion.
But eventually, players leave the game…Only until another update comes along.
Even though these are loyal players who’ve been with WoW since the beginning, they eventually lose interest after getting to explore all the new content.
So, let’s just keep our hopes high for endless cool updates from Blizzard just like the Shadowlands expansion.