We wanted to let you know that we’ve been closely following the Nostalrius discussion and we appreciate your constructive thoughts and suggestions.

Our silence on this subject definitely doesn’t reflect our level of engagement and passion around this topic. We hear you. Many of us across Blizzard and the WoW Dev team have been passionate players ever since classic WoW. In fact, I personally work at Blizzard because of my love for classic WoW.

We have been discussing classic servers for years – it’s a topic every BlizzCon – and especially over the past few weeks. From active internal team discussions to after-hours meetings with leadership, this subject has been highly debated. Some of our current thoughts:

Why not just let Nostalrius continue the way it was? The honest answer is, failure to protect against intellectual property infringement would damage Blizzard’s rights. This applies to anything that uses WoW’s IP, including unofficial servers. And while we’ve looked into the possibility – there is not a clear legal path to protect Blizzard’s IP and grant an operating license to a pirate server.

We explored options for developing classic servers and none could be executed without great difficulty. If we could push a button and all of this would be created, we would. However, there are tremendous operational challenges to integrating classic servers, not to mention the ongoing support of multiple live versions for every aspect of WoW.

So what can we do to capture that nostalgia of when WoW first launched? Over the years we have talked about a “pristine realm”. In essence that would turn off all leveling acceleration including character transfers, heirloom gear, character boosts, Recruit-A-Friend bonuses, WoW Token, and access to cross realm zones, as well as group finder. We aren’t sure whether this version of a clean slate is something that would appeal to the community and it’s still an open topic of discussion.

One other note – we’ve recently been in contact with some of the folks who operated Nostalrius. They obviously care deeply about the game, and we look forward to more conversations with them in the coming weeks.

You, the Blizzard community, are the most dedicated, passionate players out there. We thank you for your constructive thoughts and suggestions. We are listening.

J. Allen Brack (Source)

Blizzard aren’t stupid, in case you thought that silence meant ignorance. The fact this appeared under the radar for me and not first on a particular website speaks volumes in itself, but the fact remains that actually, if you’ve made a fuss, it’s been heard.

What happens now however is up for debate, because the priorities are clearly Movie then Expansion for the Company. Needless to say, there might actually be some kind of development on this front once both of these things are done.

Kudos to Brack for a response. Now, watch this space.

3 thoughts on “No Surprises

  1. That sever has been around for a long time. I feel the Intellectual property part is convenient. If that was the sole reason for shutting it down, it would have been done day 1. The time has come that Blizzard are considering pristine servers? That seems to me like they had to remove the “Free” option. From the discussions I’ve had, most people feel that paying for access to a “Legacy” server is unfair, and preferred the option Nostralius.

    I honeslty think, Blizzard are seriously considering it and this is them setting the wheels in motion.

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  3. I’d wager they’re now waiting to see how Legion does more than anything. And how the movie influx does.

    They’ve also said in the past that they’re okay with the group of players who swoop in, eat the content, and leave while the rest of us sit and play longer term.

    Along that scenario, I still don’t see why a Vanilla would be viable or useful. Maybe it’s because I joined near the end of Burning Crusade. :p

    I still feel like what people miss are the people, and those aren’t going to magically come back thanks to a legacy server. You have to go and find new people yourself.

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