Blizzard wanted to keep vanilla WoW server Nostalrius going, are currently in talks with the creators | PCGamesN

Blizzard wanted to keep vanilla WoW server Nostalrius going, are currently in talks with the creators


Update 2 May, 2016: The Nostalrius team have made an official announcement regarding an upcoming meeting with Blizzard.

In the forum post, the Nostalrius team seem hopeful that Blizzard will implement legacy servers, following a petition campaign that managed to top 250,000 signatures. In the wake of this, and after seeing how important this all seems to be for a large portion of WoW fans, the team say they now see themselves as "ambassadors of a larger movement for the entire World of Warcraft community that wants to see game history restored".

"Our top-priority and only focus now", they add, "is to fulfill the needs of this community, by carrying your voice to Blizzard directly". This will happen in the form of a meeting, which is taking place soon, though no date has been revealed. However, the Nostralius team say they'll have another announcement next week. Read the full post here

Original Story 26 April, 2016: A mega popular pirate vanilla World of Warcraft server recently got sent warning from Blizzard's legal team and was forced to shut down. Nostalrius, as it's called, had been operating as a non-profit service for over a year before the ban was enforced.

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There was an outcry from the WoW community after the news broke, as many players prefer to play WoW back when it was simpler, with Nostalrius boasting a 60 level cap and a lack of modern systems. It was WoW in a time capsule. Blizzard have been silent on the issue, despite the forums being ablaze with chat, but now they've finally broken that silence with a post to the WoW community.

"Our silence on this subject definitely doesn’t reflect our level of engagement and passion around this topic," says a WoW community manager in the post. "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."

The community manager goes on to explain that Blizzard were forced to take action to the pirate server, as it was in infringement on Blizzard's rights - these things can't be seen to go unchallenged. Blizzard did look into granting an operating license to the server, but "there is not a clear legal path" to do that while protecting Blizzard's IP.

Blizzard also explored ways of developing classic servers, but it can only be done with "great difficulty."

"If we could push a button and all of this would be created, we would," continues the community manager. "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."

So it seems like Blizzard are trying to find a way to please everybody, but it's a legally complex and difficult to pull off move. It's good to hear they are exploring options, though. Perhaps the people running Nostalrius will end up working for Blizzard on something. Either way, it'll be interesting to see what comes of this, and it's good to know Blizzard are listening to the fans. 

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Findaer Avatar
2 Years ago

Is it truly harder than hiring the Nostalrius people as contractors for community engagement with a special provision for alternative game builds? It seems like they could have come up with something and I bet they will.

Jenks Avatar
2 Years ago

They can definitely come up with something. The fact that they haven't for so many years is proof enough that they don't want to. Hopefully the community continues to kick and scream, and not fall for this pristine server bait which does not address the bulk of what vanilla wow fans are asking for.

MrJinxed Avatar
2 Years ago

Legacy servers doesn't sound like outright vanilla servers in all their glory.

Also, let's not kid ourselves, Blizzard didn't want to do any such thing. They are only doing it because there has been an outcry and massive interest in them since they shut them down. If they wanted to keep them up, they'd have done something before shutting them down. The whole "we couldn't let it stand" is a load of bs. They could have worked with the team before shutting it all down instead of only after all this ruckus kicked off.

If something really comes of this, however unlikely (I still think it's all just a pr move to placate the masses so they won't suffer more losses for the next expansion), it'll be interesting to see what they would charge. I'm sure they'll go full greed instead of giving a huge discount for vanilla access.

Razul_Blackheart Avatar
2 Years ago

"Blizzard did look into granting an operating license to the server, but "there is not a clear legal path" to do that while protecting Blizzard's IP."

... ... ... "We allow you to run a vanilla server, using our technology, granted that you do not violate our copyrights and these clauses: [insert legalese clauses]".

There you go, Blizzard, fixed it.

And it took me only seconds.

I'm no lawyer but feel free to make me a filthy rich member of your legal department, if you must.

Then again, with how Blizzard keeps messing up basic stuff like instances with every release... ("oh no, we weren't expecting EVERYONE to log into something for which we only made one single instance but which we hyped so much that it drowned out anything else in the media") I can understand why it'd take them years to get the simple things done.

Also, I bet the hardest part about it boiled down to "how can we milk it for money?" before any actual legal concerns...

Belimawr Avatar
2 Years ago

if blizz go for this you are likely to need an active WoW sub to get access, so chances are if blizz do this a lot of the people playing the server won't move over as the sad fact is the vast majority will of only ever played it due to it being free.

be interesting to see how it plays out, but I can't blizzard doing it without tying it to battlenet and some form of income.