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Wolcen servers are back up after launch day mayhem

Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem can't be played online thanks to the huge influx of new players on launch day

February 17, 2020 Wolcen servers are back up.

Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem emerged from Steam early access February 13, but the isometric dungeon crawler soon ran into a problem familiar to anyone who tried playing Diablo III on launch day: servers couldn’t handle the influx of players. Following some initial troubles, Wolcen Studio says the online servers have come back up.

It seems there were quite a few hiccups at launch. Wolcen Studio says servers were unable to handle the number of players trying to connect, resulting in authentication errors when launching the game. SteamDB tells part of the story: Wolcen’s concurrent player count spiked to nearly 100,000 the day after release, and servers just couldn’t keep up with demand.

The connectivity issues resulted in some unpleasant knock-on effects: characters players had created would sometimes disappear, or they would lose items they had found or quest progression. Wolcen Studio pushed out a hotfix Friday night, but as of Sunday morning were still working on fixing the game’s database issues and tweeted that it would still be some time before online functionality was restored.

Naturally, it’s been a disappointing launch for players who had planned on spending this weekend bashing skulls with their friends – and perhaps a bit of a surprise after several years of early access. While online servers are now back up, the studio says it’s “currently investigating issues with game creation and server stability on the Asia Pacific servers”.

However, once the studio has increased server capacity and addressed any remaining connectivity problems, launch day woes will likely sink into the background.

Wolcen is a Diablo-like that allows you to build your character however you like, without class restrictions. You can also transform into one of four celestial incarnations – massive archangel-type beings that can unleash havoc on the battlefield.

Now servers are back up and running, it should now be good to jump in, if that kind of thing is up your alley. You can also check out our list of the best co-op games on PC if you’re keen to see what else is out there.

Additional reporting by Carrie Talbot.