Even though the game was released in 2004, WoW still boasts a huge audience of faithful players. So, what’s the reason why people still love the game so much? Let’s analyze a few features we believe made World of Warcraft such a classic title.
Time for a change
WoW’s history over the last few months has been quite unsatisfactory. World of Warcraft Shadowlands didn’t appease the fans, but the future of the game looks bright: with a new expansion, World of Warcraft Dragonflight on the horizon, the hopes are high. Is it the last chance for Blizzard to make people come back to the game, but is the game’s popularity really in danger?
It’s a fact that the World of Warcraft player base has shrunk. Nevertheless, WoW is still adored by hundreds of players around the world. Even those who have left Azeroth recall fondly their time in this iconic MMORPG. So, what makes this almost 2-decade-old game still so popular?
Stories to remember
World of Warcraft lore can be quite convoluted at times. There’s no wonder why: the game boasts 17 years of writing, not to mention the lore of the iconic RTS series: Warcraft I, II, and III. That would make the entire universe 28 years old! Moreover, Blizzard supports WoW with 23 novels, a few comic books, one-shot stories, and chronicles. Of course, this number is constantly growing.
Memorable World of Warcraft characters
So what makes WoW’s lore so special? At its core, WoW’s stories are simply about hope. Through all the hardships, Blizzard’s writers manage to instill a sense of wonder that makes us believe in happy endings—even if those endings come at the cost of some tears being shed.
And it’s not just the grandiose narratives that make WoW characters so memorable. The game is populated by lovable heroes, tragic villains, and larger-than-life personalities. From Arthas to Sylvanas Windrunner, Khadgar, Jaina Proudmoore, or Garrosh, World of Warcraft is home to some of the most iconic characters in the industry. There’s a reason why people are still talking about them years after their introduction: it’s because they are memorable. What’s more, players can witness how they change (or not) across many expansion packs and become a part of their journey.
Of course, there are plot holes, and a few retcons happened along the way as well. Nevertheless, the WoW universe is so rich and diverse that players come back to it all the time. There are dozens of lands to visit, cultures to explore, and the World of Warcraft races we love so much. It’s a real paradise for RPG lovers!
Old-school mechanics we love
WoW’s mechanics might feel a bit dated at this point. But, in a way, that’s part of the game’s charm. World of Warcraft gameplay is comfortable and familiar—like an old pair of shoes. You know what to expect from it, and it never fails to deliver.
Whether you’re questing or raiding, there’s always something to do in WoW. Hunting for old achievements, collecting mounts, or completing every possible quest chain guarantees hours of fun. Seasonal events are still quite popular, despite being rarely updated; an occasion to hunt for rare items and collect mounts never ceases to excite players.
This love for old-school mechanics can be proven by the warm reception of the World of Warcraft Classic. It turned out that releasing the vanilla version of the game and the following expansions was a great success. The announcement of World of Warcraft Wrath of the Lich King Classic got us even more excited: WotLK is considered to be one of the best expansions, with some of the most iconic World of Warcraft heroes and… villains.
Race for World of Warcraft achievements
Previously, we’ve mentioned achievements: special quests and tasks that grant exclusive rewards upon completion. Some of them are truly challenging and require not only skill, but also patience, excellent teamwork, and precision. Plenty of achievements can be completed only during special events or under special, rare circumstances.
Some of the most popular achievements include the Race to the World First. The goal is clear: the very first guild to defeat the final boss in a given raid, wins this incredibly prestigious achievement… and world recognition. These attempts, made by top guilds, are live broadcast and always amass a huge audience. It goes without saying that it’s an exciting event as we can observe insanely skilled players figuring out the unforgiving mechanics of new raids.
A wonderful community of fans
Last but not least, the world of WoW is simply a huge community of players that keep the game alive. It’s the community aspect that made WoW so special in its early days. Without any group finders, players had to actually talk and communicate with others to form a dungeon or raid team.
No matter where you go in the game, you’ll always find people who are happy to help. Whether you need help with a quest or just want someone to chat with, WoW’s community is always there for you. Players are free to create their own guilds, which often results in forming lifelong friendships.
The community is also one of the reasons why WoW is still so popular. Blizzard has fostered a sense of camaraderie among players that keeps them coming back for more. After all, it’s always more fun to play with friends: no matter whether they are from the Horde or the Alliance…
The future of WoW
Despite the numerous controversies around Blizzard, players seem like they might give their beloved title a second chance. Right after the announcement of WoW Dragonflight, the number of World of Warcraft subscriptions skyrocketed. Even though the expansion pack is yet to be released, players have already jumped back into the game.
Taking into consideration everything that happened in the company, as well as the poor reception of Shadowlands, there’s no doubt that players might be skeptical about coming back to the game. Nevertheless, the game’s timeless charm and the changes introduced by Blizzard might keep World of Warcraft alive for many years to come.
Are you a World of Warcraft fan? Or perhaps you want to start your adventure with the franchise?