Today marks the launch of World of Warcraft patch 8.0, bringing a whole host of changes to the game and setting the stage for the next expansion, Battle for Azeroth. Character stats have been squished, class changes are live, the Mage Tower is gone, and Artifact Weapons are dead. Every player, new and returning, is logging into the game to see what's changed.
Well, at least they're trying to log in. The pre-patch went live at around 2pm today, but the servers have been having login issues since around 30 minutes after that. Blizzard has been reportedly working on the issue since then, but issues persist and we're not even to prime time hours yet.
[#Warcraft] Due to technical issues players may experience latency or loss of connection on all realms. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience while this is being resolved.— BlizzardCS (@BlizzardCS) July 17, 2018
[#Warcraft] We apologize once again for the inconvenience caused by today's outages. We're working to resolve this as quickly as possible!— BlizzardCS (@BlizzardCS) July 17, 2018
World of Warcraft was actually ahead of the game today, as server maintenance wasn't supposed to be finished until 3PM PT/6PM ET today. The servers came up early, but I guess the login servers weren't ready for the deluge of players. Basically, if you're not already in-game yet, you probably have an uphill climb ahead of you.
Hopefully, Blizzard Entertainment can get those issues resolved sooner rather than later. Today's a big day for World of Warcraft, at least the biggest day before the upcoming launch of Battle for Azeroth. World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is coming to PC and Mac on August 14, 2018.