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0100WoW Icon 16x16 World of Warcraft, often referred to as WoW, is a massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG) set in the Warcraft universe. It is developed by Blizzard Entertainment and contains 5 expansion packs: 0200Bc icon World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, 0300Wrath-Logo-Small World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, 0400Cataclysm-Logo-Small World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, 0500Mists-Logo-Small World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, and 0600Warlords-Logo-Small World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor. The initial release is now sometimes known as "vanilla WoW" or "classic WoW". A 6th expansion was announced at gamescom 2015: 0700Legion-Logo-Small World of Warcraft: Legion (NYR).

As of 2010, World of Warcraft had more than 12 million monthly subscribers,[1][citation needed] and still holds the Guinness World Record for the world's largest and most popular MMORPG since 2009.[2] It also continues its further story development throughout its franchising, other than online media, such as Warcraft novels, comics, manga, RPG books, TCG, and board games.

Features

Note the following have pre-expansion details separated from expansion details:

Gameplay system

General system
PvE systems
PvP systems
Housing
Added in 0600Warlords-Logo-Small Warlords of Draenor.
  • Garrison personal player area that other players can visit.
Events
User interface and customer support
  • Customize AddOn and Interface with some game commands support.
  • Client seamlessly supports both Apple Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows operating systems. Linux users can play via Wine (MS Windows emulation), however this is not supported and can be buggy at times.

Availability

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  • Oceania (English - Australia, Hawaii, New Zealand)
  • North America (English - US & Canada)
  • Europe (English-UK, French, German, Spanish, Russian)
  • South Korea
  • China (Simplified and Traditional Chinese; including Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau)
  • Latin America[3] (Spanish, English?)

Vanilla realms circa 2016

On April 25, 2016, Blizz Nethaera put a blue post up that discussed how the issue of a retro or vanilla realms within the company (not speaking to emulated or private servers directly) has been debated written by Blizz J. Allen Brack.[4] The summary version of the response was this:[4] 1) private servers need to be shut down to protect intellectual property rights, 2) maintaining a set of vanila-style servers is more technically difficult than people outside the company think (no specifics), and 3) the closest thing Blizzard might offer would be a "pristine realm" version of the game with all progression and XP acceleration elements as well as group finder turned off plus no access to cross realm zones.

Media

Images

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Videos

Official
Official trailer
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World of Warcraft Opening Cinematic

Other

Trivia

  • The original WoW is sometimes referred to as "vanilla World of Warcraft," "pre Burning Crusade (Pre BC)," or "classic World of Warcraft".

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