BlizzCon 2017: World of Warcraft’s classic server will be a ‘massive effort’

In the process of picking yourself up off of the floor following Friday’s announcement of World of Warcraft Classic at BlizzCon 2017? As your mind grapples with Blizzard’s surprise revelation of a legacy server project that will take players back to the vanilla era of World of Warcraft, you probably share the same questions and concerns that Eurogamer voiced in an interview at the convention.

Executive Producer J. Allen Brack was reluctant to give the publication any specifics on a timetable, saying that the project was just announced, only basic infrastructure is in place, and that the team is forming. He did confirm that Classic won’t be taking away any people or resources from the main MMO, as Blizzard is treating this as a separate game with its own dedicated team.

“Our goal is to recreate that classic 1-60 gameplay,” Brack said. “Some things changed as time went on, with different patches. How does that get manifested? That’s one of the outstanding questions. But yeah, the goal is to recreate that exact experience, for better or for worse.”

One interesting declaration shows that Blizzard is committed to the project: “One of the things we do know is that by announcing this, we’re in the WoW Classic business forever. Once that starts, there’s a commitment on our end that we’re going to continue maintaining those servers for as long as there is a World of Warcraft.”

Source: Eurogamer
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anal [Cotton Candy]

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zeko_rena

I look forward to its release and us being able to see the numbers, I have a feeling it will start fairly strong but within a few weeks it will be near dead in terms of playerbase.

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Cali

I’m currently playing on an unsanctioned Burning Crusade server and have been asking since I started, “Why wouldn’t Blizzard want to tap into this player base?” We’ve seen other games implement vanilla realms with varying degrees of success but the amount of vanilla private wow servers is pretty large and because of this, WoW has a awesome opportunity to bring back old players and attract some curious newer players as well. People play on the private servers, not to save themselves the $15 per month, but to enjoy the nostalgia of how it used to be. All of my guildies are super excited to get a more high quality playing experience once Blizzard opens their own classic server. We all play with high ping and have to deal with occasional breaks in services on our current private server. There is some debate about which faction we are going to play and some have threatened to quit if we don’t pick their faction. In any case, our discord has been blowing up with this discussion and we are all very excited. Ideally for me the way that vanilla servers would work is: The new wow expansion and vanilla server release would… Read more »

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Alberto

Ah your poor Fools..”You can never go back Home again” Found this out the hard way several times in games I’ve gone back to and in Real life. Your not the same person you were 12 years ago..the people you played with have mostly moved on and your not a teen living at home not worrying about work or kids or rent or Just college classes.

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Estranged

I was a working adult during BC and loved it. You don’t have to play 24 hour sessions to just have fun.

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rawhunger

We’ll just see how far this goes…

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Pål Einar Jensen

Great news. All I wanted this. I will be back in Azeroth soon.

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Coolit

From the conversations I’ve had with my guildmates several are already talking about moving to classic which makes me wonder if we’ll end up with a situation like Runescape where a sizable chunk of the playerbase moved to oldschool.

I started playing in BC so it will be interesting to see what Vanilla is like :)

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zoward

I’m not sure Blizzard would care, as long as you’re paying a sub. It keeps the sub numbers up and presumably should be easier to maintain than the mainline version.

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zeko_rena

Yep, and in theory development costs once its all up and running should be very low since these people don’t want new content ever.

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agemyth 😩

Well, now that they have opened this can of worms there will naturally be players demanding for BC and WotLK era classic servers as well.
It is fine that people want that, but they should know Blizzard is not understating that this endeavor is a massive effort.

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Celestia

Will be interesting to see how long this holds the attention of players.

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Kherova

I might actually play that. I have stopped playing WOW, because as a casual player I just can’t keep up. I have always enjoyed most the time between expansions that most other players hated. I am looking forward to get to max level and then not have to keep up with the next thing.

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Yoshi Senpai

Stopped playing because you can’t keep up with expansions that take a week to catch up to so you want to play the grindy old version.

Right…

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Alberto

There a lot of “Rose colored Glasses” that are going to get shattered I’m betting!

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rafterman

And even more detractors eating crow.

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Armsbend

I’m enjoying wow because I feel like I can play 5-10 hours a week and still see everything I want to more or less. I’ll NEVER be max anything but I’m okay with that these days. I’m just enjoying the artwork, the music, the design and some of the ridiculous conversations the debased have in trade chat.

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Estranged

@Armsbend You would have been a legend during the apex of trade and Barrens chat.

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thalendor

Barrens chat

That begs the question: will it still be full of Chuck Norris jokes? It’s not truly going to be classic Barrens chat if reading it is not a constant round-house kick to the eyes…

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Estranged

I’ll be sure of it! Plus, must honor new memes.

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Michael

Enjoy expansion-less WoW forever. That is what you are getting. See how long that content drought keeps you playing when it has no end ;P

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Agreed.. people will inevitably get bored with it because they’ve been there and done that. Once the new of the old has worn off, what will keep people coming back? What will bring in new players? This really seems like a waste of time, money, and effort to me.

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Estranged

Well guys, this is what you do…

Release a BC server…

Release a WotLK server…

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zoward

Or, have the classic server creep along timewise, transition to BC, and then start another classic server. Rinse and repeat with LK, and maybe even keep going into Cata, depending on how the numbers look and who wants to play what.

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Estranged

Right, you put it better than me.

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TRU?H

Classic and Progression servers are extremely popular in other MMOs, why would WoW be any different? Why does it upset you that others are going to play something they enjoy?

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Alberto

They really aren’t THAT popular with pops in the handful of thousands vs Millions of the Real game ( w a 14.99 sub) and how many people played because it was free?

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zeko_rena

I always imagine a lot of players on private servers as kids who’s mum would not give them there credit card.

I don’t know why, and it is likely entirely wrong but I can’t get that image out of my head whenever I think of free private servers LOL

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TRU?H

I wasn’t speaking of private servers, I was talking about things like EQ progression servers and Runescape classic, both of which were hugely popular in their community, brought back a lot of older players that still play it now, and ended up causing the companies to gain more subs.

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Dan

It makes absolutely no sense for blizzard to lock the server down at 1.12. Servers will be progression servers (time locked or otherwise). Which is absolutely awesome IMO.