Area 52 is a PvE realm that opened January 16, 2007 as the destination realm for transfers from the overpopulated realms of Bloodhoof, Gilneas, Icecrown, Lothar and Stormrage.
Area 52 operates on Eastern Standard Time.
Area 52 was originally one of seven servers in the Battlegroup Frenzy. On June 19, 2007 the Frenzy Battlegroup was merged with the six realms of the Battlegroup Cataclysm and renamed Retaliation.
The realm is named after Area 52, a neutral goblin-run town found on the southwestern most island of Netherstorm.
As of October 13th, 2019, Area 52 is one of the highest Horde population servers in North America.
According to U.S. Realm Pop (https://realmpop.com/us-area-52.html), Area 52 is 93.7% Horde and 6.3% Alliance.