- Author: Furious
- Date: November 4, 2023
- Updated: November 10, 2023
- Expansion: WotLK Classic
Similar to TBC, Blizzard has decided not to keep any realms online for Wrath of the Lich King. We assume the current WotLK realms will progress into Cataclysm with the release of the prepatch at which time players will no longer have access to play the third expansion.
Will there be wrath era serversBlizzCon 2023 Q&A – Warcraft Wiki
No plans for right now.
With the current hype around the announcement of WoW Classic Season of Discovery we’ve only seen limited disappointment in this decision so far, however it’s worth noting that WotLK continues to be the most populated expansion for players on private servers.
With WoW Classic (Vanilla) when realms progressed into TBC players were also able to keep their characters on Era realms. At first Era realms were sparsely played or populated but they then continued to grow as time went on as it was the only way to play the original version of the game (not counting Season of Mastery).
The popularity of the Era realms eventually led into the player made Hardcore addon and an extensive Classic Hardcore playerbase which eventually Blizzard copied and made official Hardcore realms.
If they had never keep Era realms, we’d have never had Classic Hardcore at all. Having realms open for each expansion frozen in an end game state gives players agency in the version of the game they want to play as well as vital feedback around potential options for seasonal realms or other types of realms like Hardcore.
In their WoWCast Developer Q&A, Blizzard responded to a question about Wrath Era servers. You can view their entire response in the video below – it should start at the correct timestamp.
They said there are too many new offerings for WoW Classic at the moment with Hardcore, Cataclysm Classic, and Season of Discovery, and they don’t want to fragment the population too much. However, when they implemented The Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King for WoW Classic, they did so in a way that would make it easy to bring it back again later on. So perhaps we’ll see new Wrath Era realms at some point in the future, or maybe even a new season for the expansion similar to what we’ve seen for vanilla. But that’s probably no comfort to players who would like to carry on with their current characters without moving on to Cataclysm.