Well, it looks like World of Warcraft is 11 years old now, an impressive milestone for an online game. Even though it has seen better times, World of Warcraft has claimed its rightful place as MMO king and it held this position for years on end, even in its darkest times. Needless to say, Blizzard Entertainment will be celebrating this achievement and the players are those who are going to benefit most out of it.
World of Warcraft launched way back in 2004 and started out as more of a Warcraft mod than a full game itself, but with great dedication from both players and staff, the game has become one of the most influential on the MMO market within a short time span. Things have never looked too good after the Wrath of the Lich King expansion was finished, but the game stood its ground nonetheless.
There are also rewards for this 11 year achievement and all players can log in between now and November 30th to claim them. The main feature that you will be obtaining is the “WOW’s 11th Anniversary Feat of Strength”. Needless to say, that is not all that you will be gaining. You will also receive 1 item that will boost your experience by not too much for 1 hour, definitely intended to be a teaser.
These don’t look too appealing? Don’t worry, there’s more! You get celebration wands, which can turn party members into murlocks or gnolls, an Edwin VanCleef costume and the legendary Inflatable Fury, which is an indicator of a joke that has been said in the community over and over again throughout the years. If you actually were there, you might know about the “Did someone say Thunderfury?” joke yourself. Congrats, you’ve been playing Warcraft for a very long time.
The main issue is that many players were not actually impressed with this year’s anniversary, mentioning that things are not as exciting as they were before. It is pretty normal that the 10 year anniversary that occurred last was and should have been a greater one than this year’s, but it should have been at least exciting. There was a lot of talk about bringing back some old features, but this year just remained underwhelming.
World of Warcraft is 11 years old, but not as glorious as it has once been. Perhaps we will never see that level of glory ever again, if we think about it.
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