Developer: Blizzard EntertainmentRelease date: 2004Platform: Windows (PC) Genre: MMORPGVersion: 5.05

World of Warcraft (WoW) is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) released in 2004 by Blizzard Entertainment. It is the fourth released game set in the Warcraft fantasy universe. World of Warcraft takes place within the Warcraft world of Azeroth, approximately four years after the events at the conclusion of Blizzard"s previous Warcraft release, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. The game was announced in 2001, and was released for the 10th anniversary of the Warcraft franchise on November 23, 2004. Since launch, World of Warcraft has had eight major expansion packs produced for it: The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, Mists of Pandaria, Warlords of Draenor, Legion and Battle for Azeroth, and Shadowlands.

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World of Warcraft was the world"s most popular MMORPG by player count of nearly 10 million in 2009. The game had a total of over a hundred million registered accounts by 2014. By 2017, the trò chơi had grossed over $9.23 billion in revenue, making it one of the highest-grossing video clip game franchises of all time. At BlizzCon 2017, a vanilla version of the trò chơi titled World of Warcraft Classic was announced, which planned to lớn provide a way khổng lồ experience the base game before any of its expansions launched. It released in August 2019.


Starting a character or play session

As with other MMORPGs, players control a character avatar within a game world in third- or first-person view, exploring the landscape, fighting various monsters, completing quests, and interacting with non-player characters (NPCs) or other players. Also similar khổng lồ other MMORPGs, World of Warcraft requires the player khổng lồ pay for a subscription by using a credit or debit card, using prepaid Blizzard trò chơi cards or using a WoW Token purchased in-game. Players without a subscription may use a trial trương mục that lets the player character reach up to lớn level đôi mươi but has many features locked.

To enter the game, the player must select a server, referred khổng lồ in-game as a realm. Each realm acts as an individual copy of the game world & falls into one of two categories. Available realms types are:

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Normal – a regular type realm where the gameplay is mostly focused on defeating monsters và completing quests, with player-versus-player fights & any roleplay are optional.

RP (roleplay) – which works the same way as a "Normal" realm, but focuses on players roleplaying in-character.

Before the introduction of World of Warcraft"s seventh expansion "Battle for Azeroth", both "Normal" & "RP" servers were each divided into two separate categories; PvE và PvP servers. This has since been removed after the implementation of the "War Mode" option, which allows any player (of màn chơi 20 and higher) on any hệ thống to determine whether they want to lớn actively participate in PvP combat or not, by enabling War Mode in two of the game"s capital cities.

Realms are also categorized by language, with in-game tư vấn in the language available.

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Players can make new characters on all realms within the region, and it is also possible khổng lồ move already established characters between realms for a fee.

To create a new character, in keeping with the storyline of previous Warcraft games, players must choose between the opposing factions of the Alliance or the Horde; Pandaren, which were added in Mists of Pandaria, vì not commit to lớn a faction until after the starting zone is completed. Characters from the opposing factions can perform rudimentary communication (most often just "emotes"), but only members of the same faction can speak, mail, group và join guilds. The player selects the new character"s race, such as orcs or trolls for the Horde, or humans or dwarves for the Alliance. Players must select the class for the character, with choices such as mages, warriors, và priests available. Most classes are limited lớn particular races.

Ongoing gameplay

As characters become more developed, they gain various talents and skills, requiring the player khổng lồ further define the abilities of that character. Characters can choose two primary professions that can focus on producing items, such as tailoring, blacksmithing or jewelcrafting or on gathering from resource nodes, such as skinning or mining. Characters can learn all four secondary skills: archeology, cooking, fishing và first aid. Characters may form và join guilds, allowing characters within the guild access khổng lồ the guild"s chat channel, the guild name và optionally allowing other features, including a guild tabard, guild bank, guild repairs, and dues.

Much of World of Warcraft play involves the completion of quests. These quests are usually available from NPCs. Quests usually reward the player with some combination of experience points, items, và in-game money. Quests allow characters to lớn gain access to new skills và abilities, as well as the ability to explore new areas. It is through quests that much of the game"s story is told, both through the quest"s text and through scripted NPC actions. Quests are linked by a common theme, with each consecutive quest triggered by the completion of the previous, forming a quest chain. Quests commonly involve killing a number of creatures, gathering a certain number of resources, finding a difficult to lớn locate object, speaking khổng lồ various NPCs, visiting specific locations, interacting with objects in the world, or delivering an vật phẩm from one place to lớn another to lớn acquire experience và treasures.

While a character can be played on its own, players can group with others lớn tackle more challenging content. Most end-game challenges are designed in a way that they can only be overcome while in a group. In this way, character classes are used in specific roles within a group. World of Warcraft uses a "rested bonus" system, increasing the rate that a character can gain experience points after the player has spent time away from the game. When a character dies, it becomes a ghost—or wisp for Night Elf characters—at a nearby graveyard. Characters can be resurrected by other characters that have the ability or can self-resurrect by moving from the graveyard to lớn the place where they died. If a character is past màn chơi ten và they resurrect at a graveyard, the items equipped by the character degrade, requiring in-game money & a specialist NPC to repair them. Items that have degraded heavily become unusable until they are repaired. If the location of the character"s body toàn thân is unreachable, they can use a special "spirit healer" NPC to resurrect at the graveyard. When the spirit healer revives a character, items equipped by the character at that time are further degraded, và the character is significantly weakened by what is in-game called "resurrection sickness" for up lớn ten minutes, depending on the character"s level. This "resurrection sickness" does not occur và item degradation is less severe if the character revives by locating its body, or is resurrected by another player through spells or special items.

World of Warcraft contains a variety of mechanisms for player versus player (PvP) play. Players on player versus environment (PvE) servers can opt to lớn "flag" themselves, making themselves attackable lớn players of the opposite faction. Depending on the mode of the realm, PvP combat between members of opposing factions is possible at almost any time or location in the game world—the only exception being the starting zones, where the PvP "flag" must be enabled by the player wishing lớn fight against players of the opposite faction. PvE (called normal or RP) servers, by contrast, allow a player to choose whether or not khổng lồ engage in combat against other players. On both hệ thống types, there are special areas of the world where free-for-all combat is permitted. Battlegrounds, for example, are similar to lớn dungeons: only a mix number of characters can enter a single battleground, but additional copies of the battleground can be made khổng lồ accommodate additional players. Each battleground has a mix objective, such as capturing a flag or defeating an opposing general, that must be completed to win the battleground. Competing in battlegrounds rewards the character with tokens and honor points that can be used khổng lồ buy armor, weapons, và other general items that can aid a player in many areas of the game. Winning a battleground awards more honor and tokens than losing. In addition, players also earn honor when they or nearby teammates kill players in a battleground.