Coming up on a decade of game play Blizzard Entertainment put out an amazing info-graphic today detailing some of the World of Warcraft statistics. The biggest number was that WoW had over 100 mln lifetime players or unique accounts. It has been played in over 244 countries or territories, even Antarctica. The game has dominated many gamers’ lives and has even broken into pop culture on several occasions. The last decade of gaming was Warcraft’s to command. So with the datasheet today let’s talk about what is coming in the next decade.
First we have Warlords of Draenor the next expansion for the game. It was previewed for us at BlizzCon and looked to be a much more hardcore approach to WoW than Mists of Pandaria. The expansion goes back to WoW’s roots exploring the darkness and savagery of the orc leaders from the past. It also gives the players a free boost to level 90 for one character. This is exciting for returning players because they won’t have to level through hours of content to catch up to their friends.
Another exciting addition to the Warcraft universe is the creation of a World of Warcraft movie. Much has been done back and forth over the last few years in terms of development. At one point even Sam Raimi was attached to the project. Now Duncan Jones is the director and seems to have a clear vision for the project. For those who don’t know Duncan Jones he made the movies Moon and Source Code. He is also David Bowie’s son, and yes he has been playing MMOs since Ultima Online. Watch Moon if you get the chance, it is awesome.
World of Warcraft has been a part of all our lives for the past ten years. It remains a strong presence in the MMO space and continues to serve legions of fans every day. I began playing World of Warcraft in beta back in 2004. I will never forget how excited I was to get the invite (this was before I worked at MMORPG.com). I still have the same Orc I created on day one even though he has a different name. Thanks for ten years World of Warcraft, it's been a fun ride.