Blizzard addresses Nostalrius and users' desires for a vanilla World of Warcraft server0 Comments
Blizzard has been tied up in a controversy of sorts regarding the closing of Nostalrius, a pirate server for World of Warcraft that offered users the chance to play a largely-vanilla version of their hit MMO. It was a popular server, seeing thousands of users across a fairly lively community, and yet it was something that Blizzard could not allow to remain, due to legal reasons.
While their decision to close the server makes sense, the very existence of that sort of server raises a few questions about the kind of options that World of Warcraft players are looking for. Luckily, those aren't questions Blizzard are shying away from. The game's producer, J. Allen Brack, has been active on the World of Warcraft forums, and has described some of the company's thought processes in regards to providing users with a vanilla experience.
"We have been discussing classic servers for years," Brack said. "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."
Unfortunately, it seems there isn't much Blizzard could do to provide a vanilla server — Brack stated that there are simply too many variables.
"We explored options for developing classic servers and none could be executed without great difficulty," he said. "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."
There may be a glimmer of hope, however, as Brack said that it could be possible for Blizzard to create a sort of "pristine realm" — a place where they could essentially turn off all of the leveling acceleration found in other servers, including boosts, bonuses, and heirloom gear. It's something the team has been throwing around for a while, and may even be a point of conversation Blizzard has had with the operators of the now-defunct Nostalrius server, whom Brack says the team has been in contact with. As to whether or not a pristine server or something similar will become available, only time will tell.
Blizzard responds to WOW Nostalrius pirate/private server closure, Eurogamer