About a week ago I mentioned that Blizzard had shut down a popular legacy server known as Nostalrius, a privately owned World of Warcraft server that ran only the original game. Now it appears Blizzard is starting to sing a different tune.
Here is a recent comment from Blizzard.
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.
Why are they singing a different song? It seems that both the Nostalrius team and former team lead of Wow, Mark Kern, launched a petition and that petition garnered more than 200,000 signatures. Mark Kern recently announced on Twitter that Blizzard had agreed to meet with him and the Nostalrius team. Does this mean that Blizzard is going to flip the switch back on for Nostalrius? Doubtful, and at least not without a price of some kind. One of the reasons Blizzard shutdown the server was because they felt that it could not safely secure their copyright on the game run on a private server by a team not associated with Blizzard.
Many have wondered why Blizzard has not just hosted its own legacy server, especially when there has been a proven demand from a small but loyal fan base for the game in, what they feel, is its pristine glory and the answer to that is coding. You only have to look and see how the models changed between the two of the most recent expansions to see the difference and major updates for games are not like computer updates. Blizzard cannot just “roll back” the changes to the game because the entire code of the game has been reworked over time so that there are only whispers of the original left, if any at all.
It is nice to see that Blizzard is willing to meet with them and it’s possible they could come to an agreement that involves money and licensing agreements but time will tell. The ace up their sleeve could very well be Mark Kern, who I mentioned earlier, and if he agrees in someway to support Nostalrius then there might be a ray of hope yet for the little Vanilla server that could. Time will tell and we’ll definitely keep an eye out on this story as it progresses.