The drawn-out story of Project Elysium, one of the more notable World of Warcraft emulators that rose to prominence in the wake of last year’s Nostalrius saga that saw the legit WoW community agitate unsuccessfully for vanilla servers, has taken a brutal turn this week. No, Blizzard didn’t issue a cease-and-desist takedown, but rather the emulator operators themselves tanked their own project.
The implosion of Elysium was reportedly born from an “environment of mistrust and shadiness” that led to the staff engaging in gold and account sales as well as one staff member outright stealing PayPal funds from the project, or so the caretakers now say. The remaining staff apparently decided that the best course of action would be to disband Elysium and reform as a new emulator called Light’s Hope.
“The Elysium Project as it exists today is no longer a viable project due to the systemic problem of lack of oversight on those with the most access to the servers,” the new team posted. “Due to failures to uphold the projects ideals and integrity, the Elysium Project is being dissolved and relaunched out of the control of those who have abused the trust of the staff, community, and legacy movement as a whole.” So, an emulator, then.
You can listen to the Elysium staff meeting that culminated in this disaster after the break.