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Dev Interview – Launch Day Login Experience, New Classic Realms

Developer Interview – Launch Day Login Experience
Forbes has an interview with Ion Hazzikostas about layering and launch day.

  • Layering is the lesser of several evils when it comes to handling launch week populations.
  • Many people have been waiting for this launch for years and are committed to the long haul, but there will also be tons of tourists checking it out at launch.
  • The team is predicting a fairly steep drop off compared to the interest players are showing on launch day.
  • Community is very important in Classic, so keeping the number of realms reasonable to ensure a healthy population is important.
  • The team really really wants to avoid having to offer transfers or merging Classic realms later.
  • Raising player caps on realms could be done but causes contention for finite spawn points and leads to bottlenecks.
  • When you log in, you’ll be assigned to a layer and will stay there for that gameplay session.
  • The only way to change layers will be accepting a group invite from a player in another layer. Once you move to that new layer, that’ll be your new layer for the gameplay session.
  • The team expects to aggressively reduce the number of layers after the first few days.
  • As the team goes into Phase 2, the goal is to have just one layer per realm.
  • Layers will be removed with realm restarts or during maintenance.

US and Oceanic – New WoW Classic Realms are Now Open
Update: Three new realms have been added!

Originally Posted by Blizzard
(Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Due to very high demand, we’ve opened two new WoW Classic realms in this region:

Deviate Delight – RP-PvP – Eastern
Smolderweb – PvP – Pacific
Sulfuras – PvP – Eastern

Ashkandi – Normal – Eastern
Kirtonos – PvP – Eastern
Rattlegore – PvP – Pacific
Kurinnaxx – PvP – Pacific
Kromcrush – PvP – Eastern

Yojamba – PvP – AEST

We suggest that players choosing a realm consider one of these, as other realms currently marked as “Full” population will experience extended queues.

Thank you!

EU – New WoW Classic Realms Enabled

Originally Posted by Blizzard
(Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Due to extremely high demand, we’ve established the following new WoW Classic realms in this region:

Stonespine – PvP – EN-EU
Noggenfogger – PvP – EN-EU

We suggest that players choosing a realm consider one of these, as the other realms currently marked as “Full” population will experience queues.

Thank you!