Back before BlizzCon, the admins of the sunsetted illegal World of Warcraft emulator Nostalrius issued a threat, demanding that the game studio create official vanilla or legacy servers. “If Blizzard doesn’t make an announcement to honour their own core values, be sure that we will,” they wrote. Blizzard didn’t take the bait, so Nostalrius announced it would release its code to the community and allow rival emulator Elysium to restart Nostalrius under its banner.
A new post from the Elysium owners has since confirmed previously announced plans that its team, now tripled in size, will launch the PvE and PvP Nostalrius servers simultaneously on Saturday, December 17th. Registration for those servers begins today.
“We will not be taking direct ownership of the existing Nostalrius database, but are transferring your characters from Nostalrius to Elysium,” the team says. Players will need to create an account with Elysium, generate a token on the Nostalrius website, then use that to transfer their characters from the old emu to the new.
And what about a completely new server? That’s been delayed.
“As some of you may have deduced, the fresh realm will not be available this year. The upcoming holidays mean that many of the staff (and players) will want to spend time with their friends and families. Because of this, we will need to delay the launch of the fresh realm until January. The exact release date of the fresh realm will be announced on the 25th of December.”
Blizzard Entertainment, the legal owner and creator of the IP being used for these emulators, has not commented publicly on Nostalrius for many months; it remains unclear what legal action the studio may attempt, given that the new servers are physically located in the Ukraine.
Elysium previously declared it plans to provide a legacy experience “until Blizzard does […] no matter the circumstances.” These guys are big on proclamations, what can we say.