Blizzard’s latest expansion pack for World of Warcraft launched last week. Things didn’t go as smoothly as was expected with players facing queues of up to 4 hours, and game lag when eventually logged in. While Warlords of Draenor is definitely shaping up to be an excellent expansion (read resident WoW nerd Laura Shortridge’s impressions right here), the technical hiccups have left a sour taste in the mouths of many.
Blizzard is well aware of this, and to compensate players for the teething period around launch day, they will be adding five days of game time to World of Warcraft accounts on the American, European and Oceania servers. Accounts eligible for the extra game time are all accounts that were active from 14 November 2014 onwards.
This news came via World of Warcraft executive producer J. Allen Brack, who posted a lengthy apology for the “subpar launch” on the game’s official forums. “The first two days of the expansion were not a great experience, with many of you facing high queues or significant gameplay problems.”
Blizzard has since upgraded the instancing technology on each realm of the game. This has resulted in roughly double the instancing capacity since Warlords of Draenor launched last week.
“I also hope you’ll accept my apology and keep your faith in us. The support voiced by many of you as we worked through the challenges was immensely appreciated. We’re extremely grateful to be part of such a passionate community. We love World of Warcraft, and we’re very proud of this expansion, so stumbling out of the gates like this was very disappointing for all of us.”
You can read Brack’s entire message in the source link below.