BlizzCon 2017: World of Warcraft ‘Classic’ finally delivers on legacy servers

    
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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.

Classic or legacy servers have been in high demand over the past few years as controversy has swirled over emulators that attempted to fill that void. The studio said that this server has been a difficult and lengthy undertaking and even joked that it would need back the original server blades that it gave away years ago.

Source: PC Gamer

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draugris

I played only Legion a bit so i am not a veteran wow player. What is the motivation to play on a legacy server ? Can´t you just go to the old zones on live (at an appropriate level) and have the same experience ?

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TRU?H

No, you cannot those zones and all the quests and such were remade in Cataclysm so the original launch zones and quests no longer exist within the game. And for many who want to play vanilla WoW it’s not just the quests and zones, but also the features they removed, or the ones they added that this will remove.

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draugris

Ok so let´s say somebody is new to wow. Would you recommend checking out a legacy server ? I am curious because when i played legion i played sometimes with a buddy who showed me the old zones and the old raids and i found them really atmospheric (of course there was no challenge at lvl 110).

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Ssiard

It would be worth trying but realize the feature set in the game was very limited back then. Raiding, creating alts, and the most horrific PvP ranking system was really the only thing to do in the game. And there was only 1 difficulty in raids (not 4 like in legion).

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Phubarrh

The original starting zones were all packed with atmosphere at launch. Following Cataclysm, they’re more like raucous carnival midways.

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Budukahn

I expect I’ll play it. I expect I’ll have fun with the nostalgia for a bit. And then I expect I’ll walk away again. Warcraft has been a big part of my life. I played it for years, worked a few of them as a GM in France and even met the woman I’d go on to marry there.
But times change, I have small children and the responsibilities that come with age. I found vanilla WoW’s raid or die mentality hugely frustrating and simply don’t have the time to commit to two hour long sessions with any regularity. And even if I didn’t, the implication is the game will stay vanilla forever – if it doesn’t it won’t be vanilla anymore.
If there’s enough folks out there with the time and passion to make this commercially viable then that’s great but I’m not among them sadly. Though I am looking forward to the chance to show the boy the Stormwind his mother and I knew.

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Jack Pipsam

Curious.

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Pepperzine

So many bitter people in the comments haha

“How dare so many people be happy about something I’m not”

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styopa

This is what really surprised me. (Ok, it’s the internet, the capacity for people to be entirely butthurt over things that have nothing to do with them shouldn’t surprise me anymore…)

For all the people snarking and outright raging over vanilla servers…you DO understand that esthetic arguments are essentially idiotic, right? Nobody ever settled the “Blue is a better color. No, red is better!” without genocide.

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MrEllis

Yeah, leveling up Dagger sounds great…

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styopa

To some of us, yes, it sounds better than tauren paladins, yes.

Some people get a greater feeling of reward out of something being harder to accomplish.

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MrEllis

We’ll see if enough of you give a crap about it really. I doubt it. Just another thing I have to subsidize because of rose tinted glasses. I think people are going to complain regardless, the same people won’t subscribe and add so many caveats no one person’s vision of “Hardcore WoW” will match another and they’ll all quit in a tizzy.

Umm, old WoW wasn’t harder, just more tedious. You’re not a grizzled vet, I was there on day one and it doesn’t make me pine for all the bugs, unthought of features and boring crap. Oh, taking five minutes to buff everyone, how hardcore. Just assume I did the “we got a badass over here” meme and we’ll move on?

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styopa

Wow, bitch a little harder about something that doesn’t affect you?

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MrEllis

I’m no stranger to irony.

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Cyclone Jack

I miss things like weapon skills, feeding pets, taking more than two weeks to level to cap. Most MMOs have forgotten the RPG side of things for the sake of “accessibility”. I’ll be glad to see cross-realm and LFD go away and bring back server communities. Also, most MMOs put a huge focus on the destination than the journey, and I for one enjoy the journey. It’s fine if other people don’t like it, as they can LFR the expansion to their heart’s content.

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MrEllis

I don’t miss the tedium. As it stood we used LFG as filler or playing at off hours, which I end up doing often as I work until midnight. We’ll see in the end, if it’s productive to run or not worth the effort. I’m imagining there will be a small core and some transients. I don’t see it being a huge success. Not liking the way WoW went, well, millions of players, literally impossible to please everyone, I get that. But pretending the conveniences made things easier all around, I don’t buy into that.

Sure, I’ll most likely never roll a character on the server, and I can ignore the regression, but you could literally play the game and ignore a lot of the features now. You could find and form entire guilds of like minded folks. For me, new textures, features and less grind make up for it. I don’t think it’s going to be what you imagine and in the end people will be bitter and make all sorts of excuses not to play it.

I think at best it’s gonna be a wash. More of a thing Blizz does to shut people up about it, because they guy was sort of right when he insinuated people are not going to be happy with it. But it will be something they can point to where they tried to appease people who most likely can never be appeased. Candy bars are not a nickle, women can vote and smoking isn’t healthy. Things change.

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styopa

Bitter, party of one.
You understand that aesthetic arguments are pointless, right?

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MrEllis

I don’t think I’m the only one, injecting hyperbole into it won’t make it better.

Wanna make a wager, on if it’s the next best thing? Wanna see how long you play? I’m willing to bet I know the answer!

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Dug From The Earth

Ill be amazed if even 50% of the people playing on the “illegal” servers play on the official vanilla server.

Why? Because now they will have to pay money to play it.

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Carebear

First is the stage of anger. Now is the stage of denial. Later will come the stage of acceptance. In the meanwhile, Depon is a very good pil for pain.

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Dreema

Ah yes, because the only reason people played a 13 year old age was because it was free, right?

Ha!

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teppic

When you’ve stopped pulling figures literally out of your arse, here’s a poll from earlier today on the main subreddit for wow private servers:

http://www.strawpoll.me/14319669/r

It has never been about the cost of playing for a single person I’ve ever met on a private server.

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April-Rain

I sub to WoW and play vanilla servers, now I can get it from the people that count and money is not an issue, in fact I would pay double the monthly sub for the option.

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Utakata

PS: Props to Chromie’s intro. <3

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styopa

I thought the announcement video was very cleverly done.
Honestly, they put a decent bit of thought into that simple thing being charming and clever, it encourages me that they’re going to put that much thought/effort into building a great vanilla experience for those who want it.

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rafael12104

Heh. I step away for a day and this happens. :)

Just think, if Nostalrius kept there heads, they would have been a part of this announcement. It seems clear now that when Blizz brought them in, this is what they had in mind.

But I’m sure they and others like them are taking some credit here. And maybe they should in the sense that the vanilla effort bubbled up in the news in new and entertaining ways. Lol. Meh. Throw them a little bone of praise. Why not?

Now, Blizz will show them how to run a vanilla, aka legacy aka classic server. And note, you will have to pay for it. And you know what? Rightly so.

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Estranged

Yep, ungrateful twerps. They were so close to a primo job. Getting paid for their passion. ffs

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Malvious

SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!

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Denice J. Cook

I am totally shocked! I am also totally in! Thank you so much, Blizzard, and thanks for covering all this, MassivelyOP! ♥

Jeez, if CoX ever gets a rez, I’m going to have to quit my job to keep up with all this! :P