World of Warcraft delivered a jaw-dropping surprise to its loyal community with an amazing announcement at this weekend’s BlizzCon. Blizzard took to the stage with a surprise reveal of World of Warcraft Classic, which will take players back to the “vanilla” setting.
“We think we have a way to run the Classic servers on the modern technical infrastructure,” J. Allen Brack told PC Gamer. “The infrastructure is how we spin up instances and continents, how the database works. It’s those core fundamental pieces, and running two MMOs of that size is a daunting problem. But now we think we have a way to have the old WoW version work on the modern infrastructure and feel really good.”
Blizzard is forming a separate team to tackle this project and has yet to commit to any sort of timetable or release window.
As we’ve been reporting, the team from the shuttered Nostalrius World of Warcraft emulator has been appointed as “ambassadors” of a sort to represent the vanilla-loving community with Blizzard’s devs. There’s an upcoming meeting in the works, and the Nostalrius folks are polling the community about its involvement and interest in legacy servers.
“We believe it is now time to get a summary of your thoughts for legacy realms in general that will be presented to Blizzard at our meeting with our post-mortem,” the Nostalrius team posted. “We want this survey to be shared with the largest possible audience: former Nostalrius players, legacy players in general, but also anyone who played World of Warcraft at some point or signed the petition.”
Blizzard has hinted at some interest in creating “pristine servers” for World of Warcraft, although this ruleset does not sound like the pure vanilla experience that Nostalrius provided. If you want your voice to be heard, take the legacy server survey and feel like you’ve accomplished something great for your Monday.