World of Warcraft has been online for eighteen years now, but it is still very popular. The latest expansion, Dragonflight, is all about dragons and flight. With this, Blizzard hopes to attract both current players and veterans. Apart from the new regions, the expansion also includes a new heroClass and new skills, including flying on amazingly refurbished dragons. Does this provide enough challenge and fun to return to the world of Warcraft?
Millions of players
Despite the age of the game, it is still played by millions. It will have an estimated 5 million to 8 million subscribers worldwide by 2022, of which 700,000 to approximately 1.7 million are active every day. A few weeks ago the ninth (!) Expansion was released: Dragonflight. As the name suggests, this edition is about dragons and flying.
Number of Players
An important part of the current players comes from China, estimated at 3 million, and it is questionable whether the game will still be available there in 2023, because Blizzard has not yet been able to renew the 2008 agreement with the Chinese Netease. Blizzard is now negotiating with other parties. Official numbers of players have not been known since Blizzard stopped disclosing them in 2015. They could be higher, because there are also players who mainly play WoW Classic.
So World of Warcraft has been around since 2004. This is an eternity in game land and there are few games that are still so popular after such a long time. The popularity is now relatively high, because the heyday of WoW seems to be behind us. Between 2007 and 2011, between 10 million and 13 million players were active. Especially after Warlords of Draenor, since 2014 the number of players has dropped dramatically. At the same time, competing game developers would be jealous of the millions of players still active.
Thus, the challenge for Blizzard is to retain the current core of regular subscribers with constant improvements and new content, and a new big expansion about once every two years. A new story is on the horizon, but above all a new country to discover, including a new country Element and/or class. And of course, unique new features or fun game modes to try out.
Many old-timers catch a glimpse when a new expansion appears, but a good portion of them disappear again after the so-called honeymoon phase, during which all the novelties have been experienced. Often something completely new is introduced, which then disappears in the subsequent expansion. For example, consider garrisons From Warlords of Draenor and to a lesser extent upgrade your heart in Azeroth in Battle for Azeroth. Also choose four reigns In the Shadowlands and associated areas it was original on the one hand, but also restricted on the other. Although you could access the other areas, the focus was only on one of them.
New as usual?
Dragonflight is back to normal: a new island for everyone, and you have a lot of freedom where you send your characters. the Campaign mission line It is not very long and therefore easy to pass through. Also, now it’s more attractive to be with you alts Get started, because that takes advantage of the stuff you already have on hand Main has been opened.
With Dragonflight, a new race and class have been added: the dragon-like Dracthyrs have awakened on Dragon Island after thousands of years. It is available for both Alliance and Horde with the new Evoker class. This class is called Hero class, so you need to start at a higher level: 58. This class offers some unique properties and can also fly. However, on the island you will also find different dragons that you can quickly summon. Unlike previous expansions, you can thus fly almost instantly into the new area. This promises something, but does Dragonflight offer enough for both current gamers and veterans thinking nostalgically about The Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King?
focus of this review
World of Warcraft is a massive game with many layers deep and a story that has been in development for decades. It’s the first time in a long time that we’ve had this game reviewed on Tweakers. It’s impossible to discuss all the details, so we’re focusing on the major changes to Dragonflight and especially on how exciting this expansion will be for existing players and veterans alike.