I've been meaning to get this up for a while now and I finally got around to it. I'm sure we all expected a nice jump with the release of Wrath, and true to form, we are not disappointed.
I have calculated the concurrency numbers provided by the CensusPlus
The release of Wrath of the Lich King was expected to make a big impact on player numbers, and sure enough, it did. For the first time ever, the numbers through the CensusPlus mod show an average primetime player count of over half a million players for US realms. EU realms were way up and I wonder if we had better coverage, if the overall numbers would not have broken 1 million average concurrent players.
With the expansion, watching player action in regards to Death Knights was of major interest. A full month after release, nearly 20% of all active characters are Death Knights. This holds true for pretty much each server ruleset type and location. One minor difference is that Horde
seemed to gravitate to DK's slightly more than Alliance
, which isn't very surprising given their more 'Horde-like' qualities. One thing to notice is that if you restrict the level display to 75-80, you get much fewer DK's showing up, possibly meaning that many fewer are planning to stick with DK in the long run.
With regard to leveling, most everyone can agree that leveling is not difficult in Wrath and thus it is not surprising that a large number of characters are already level 80.
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