Today, World of Warcraft reaches the half-decade, celebrating 5 successful years of online gaming.
The game was first released on November 23rd 2004, on the 10th year anniversary of the Warcraft strategy game series.
Blizzard has enjoyed massive success with World of Warcraft over the years which is officially the most popular MMO in existance, holding the Guiness world record for the highest number of subscribers. In April 2008 the game was thought to have a 62% market-share in the MMO sector.
The game began development in September 2001, requiring years of mapping and extensive testing. At its initial release Blizzard dared to dream that the game may one day reach 1 million subscribers. Surpassing everyone’s expectations, the game reached that number ten-fold, and then some at the nose bleeding 11.5 million subscribers, recorded in 2009.
When asked about where WoW would go next Tom Chilton gave a cheerful yet vague synopsis;
“One of the cool things is: who knows where it will go next? The world itself is filled with so many possibilities. We’ve got outer space demons. We’re about to add little green guys and werewolves (in the upcoming Cataclysm expansion). There are so many different directions you can go in. Magic, guns, machines – anything we want to come up with we can fit into the World of Warcraft with no problem.”
May the years continue to be good to you WoW. You deserve every ounce of your success.
Article from Gamersyndrome.com