On April 10, Blizzard forced the closure of Nostalrius, an unofficial, not-for-profit World of Warcraft Legacy server, whose vanilla World of Warcraft server boasted over 800,000 accounts and 150,000 active players. Since then World of Warcraft fans have been clamouring for a statement from Blizzard detailing why they forced Nostalrius to close and, today, a representative answered them.
Speaking on the Battle Net forums, Community Manager Nethaera addressed the internal struggle at Blizzard over Legacy servers and why Blizzard ultimately decided to shut down Nostalrius. Nethaera reassures World of Warcraft fans that staff are engaged with their fanbase and with the possibility of an in-house Legacy server, saying:
“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” but that after they “explored options for developing classic servers” they realised “none could be executed without great difficulty”.
They go on to address why Nostalrius was shut down, chalking it up to a need to strongly enforce against intellectual property infringement. Nethaera also revealed that Blizzard has been in contact with the people who operated Nostalrius and are committed to maintaining a positive dialogue with them.
Would you like to see an official vanilla World of Warcraft server? Let us know in the comments.
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This post was originally written by Oisin Kilkenny-Fletcher.