Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft (WoW) is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) published in 2004. World of Warcraft is a fantasy role-playing game set in the Warcraft universe. It takes place in the world of Azeroth, four years after the events of the last game in the series, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne.
The game was announced in 2001 and published on November 23, 2004, to commemorate the Warcraft franchise’s tenth anniversary.
The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, Mists of Pandaria, Warlords of Draenor, Legion, Battle for Azeroth, and Shadowlands are the eight main expansion packs for World of Warcraft since its introduction.
Players may create a character avatar and explore an open game world in third- or first-person view, battling numerous creatures, performing missions, and interacting with non-player characters (NPCs) or other players, much like in other MMORPGs. The game encourages players to cooperate and complete missions, enter dungeons and engage in player against player (PvP) combat, although it may also be played solo. Character advancement is the primary emphasis of the game, with players earning experience points to level up their characters and buying and selling goods using in-game cash to obtain better equipment, among other game mechanics.
When it was first released in 2004, World of Warcraft was a critical and economic success, swiftly becoming the most popular MMORPG of all time, with a high of 12 million users in 2010. By 2014, the game had over a hundred million registered accounts, and by 2017, it had made over $9.23 billion, making it one of the most profitable video game franchises ever. The game has been dubbed “the best MMORPG of all time” and “one of the best video games of all time” by gaming writers, and it is also known for its extended existence, with the game receiving developer maintenance and expansion packs for almost 15 years after its initial release.
World of Warcraft Classic, a vanilla version of the game, was released in 2019, allowing users to experience the main game before any of the expansions were released.