***UPDATE 1 – 2016-04-26 – 15:36 CEST***
It took quite a while for Blizzard to respond on the legacy server petition, but at least they did comment on the matter. Yes, it´s true. And if you haven´t heard the news yet. Then let me inform you that J. Allen Brack (production director for World of Warcraft and vice president for Blizzard Entertainment) gave the following statement via battle.net earlier today:
“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, Blizzard
In other words, it´s going to be really hard for anyone to make their own Wow legacy servers. So I take it that the Nostalrius team will have a tough time to get the greenlight from Blizzard´s lawyers and top executives? As it doesn´t seem to matter all that much that the legacy server petition has passed over 200,000 signatures as we speak. Nevertheless, Allen Brack has spoken to some people from the Nostalrius team. And apparently, Brack will speak some more with them in the coming weeks. So only time will tell what the outcome will be of it all.
Less than five days ago I wrote about Blizzard´s decision to force the Nostalrius private server to a shutdown (and the aftermath that followed). Well, the “Legacy server among World of Warcraft community” petition now has over 110,000 signatures at this time. And I was just informed that Mark Kern (Ex-Blizzard and Red 5 Studios game designer) will talk to Mike Morhaime (Blizzard´s CEO) about having and allowing legacy servers for Wow. This became publicly known when Chance Morris (a Youtube and Twitch personality) asked Mark Kern to spread out the word about the Wow legacy server and the petition. And by the looks of it, Mark Kern picked up on the request, since he retweeted Morris tweet on Twitter:
And not only that, now it seems like other Youtube and Twitch personalities are joining force with Mark Kern and other Wow fans as well (like Alan Widmann, for example):
That´s great of course, but the question still remains. Will Mike Morhaime listen to what Kern has to say? And will Blizzard care at all about the “Legacy server among World of Warcraft community” petition? (Kern believes that the petition will be able to get at least 850K sign-ups). It´s hard to tell at this time. However, I think that it would be a very foolish move to ignore the Wow players request for legacy servers. As it´s quite obvious that there is a rather big demand for such a thing. Oh well, time will tell. It´s your move Blizzard, so make the right call.
Robin “V-Act” Ek
The Gaming Ground
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