World of Warcraft Classic announcement sends shockwaves through the vanilla emulator community

    
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As the World of Warcraft community grapples with the surprise BlizzCon announcement of a classic server, one subset of players in particular are feeling the impact of this statement more than anyone else. The WoW emulators that have been the center of the vanilla movement find themselves at a crossroads of what to do now that Blizzard is getting ready to officially deliver what they are already illegally doing.

Overwhelmingly, there was rejoicing among several of the emulator communities at the announcement. The Elysium Project said that it will continue to run its servers even after Classic’s release, saying, “We will continue to provide whatever services the community desires should Blizzard not meet expectations.” On the other hand, the newly formed Light’s Hope team announced that it plans to shut down its server when WoW Classic launches.

J. Allen Brack told Eurogamer that Blizzard might recruit Nostalrius’ past leads: “We would welcome their involvement for sure. One of the challenges is they’re both French and so there’s a little bit of a visa concern, but we’d be open to it.”

Source: Eurogamer

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Dread Quixadhal

There’s one good thing that *MIGHT* come out of Activision launching a classic WoW server.

On the slim chance that it gets enough of a stable population, not just the rush at launch, they might very well decide to continue development on it as a parallel project to the current WoW.

By that, I mean instead of just leaving it stagnant, or trying to bring out TBC and then resetting again.. it’s entirely possible to start developing new content that fits into the old gameplay style better. You could even tell the same storyline, but from a different viewpoint since the mechanics would all change.

The question though, is how many stable players do you need to make it worth keeping a full dev team on it? I would guess at least a million. Not likely, but then nobody believed any MMO would hit 12 million subscribers either.

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Tithian

The emulators really won’t have any choice but to shut down. Blizzard will C&D immediately with Classic launch, and they know it. Frankly, if the official vanilla version remains true to the original, the emulators will not have a purpose to exist, especially the typical bug-ridden lagfests, ran by ‘devs’ that cannot write a script to save their lives, steal donations and can shut down the server at a whim.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Im not surprised Shenna from Elysium says they will keep server. They were milking it selling gold and stealing donation money, and will milk it till the last drop. Im surprised about LIghts Hope announcement. Tons of people will still want to play on private servers since they are free. Besides there are many people on LH who are well geared and dont want fresh start.

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styopa

The more I think about it, the more I think there will also be shockwaves for the greater MMO community.

I don’t expect I’m the only one who – since maybe TBC, maybe WotLK, maybe Cata, certainly Pandaland – abandoned what WoW was becoming and has really never found a game worth REALLY dedicating time and effort to. Modern MMOs all seem so facile and enervating…I can’t say for sure, but the fact that there is a “WOW CLASSIC” server coming makes me hopeful it will be one worth committing to.

And the result of that is that I can stop wasting my time and money fishing for the ‘next big game’. I have my hopes up for this one, and I can wait.

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Arktouros

I just don’t see a large impact happening. We’ll likely see the same WOW style cycle of immense popularity following release followed by the usual lull that hits once the content has been consumed (and never updated? How do you update classic WOW without making it “un”classic? So many philosphical questions with this title :D)

Fundamentally WOW’s game play has changed very little when you get down to it. In Vanilla you got to level cap, grinded dungeons, then ran raids for gear. As of Cataclysm (last I played) you still continued to level up, grinded dungeons, grinded heroic dungeons, then grinded raids, then grinded heroic raids. This game play already had a massive impact on the industry when numerous businesses invested in the era of the WOW clones. That era was full of atrocious games that copied WOW’s game play model but failed to fundamentally understand what made WOW so successful as a game (SWTOR being the apex of those failures).

It’s great though to see PvE players hit their nostalgia phase. As a PKer I’ve been surrounded by the nostalgia phase for years now with everyone going on how great UO was or how amazing DAoC was and all the new titles are just so carebear yada yada yada.

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amkosh

I think that you’re wrong. Probably 99.999% of the people who left WoW found games and other entertainment. Will only 0.001% play? Of course not, the percentage will be higher, but I doubt it will be super high, except maybe on launch day and then it will bleed customers after that.

If you want to know why I think you’re wrong, it’s because that’s what history has shown us. Or to put it a bit more bluntly, if you were right, WoW would have never been made because people would still be playing SpaceWar! and Rogue….

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Dušan Frolkovič

You are assuming that everyone that stopped playing WoW did it because of it changing.
Which plainly is not the only reason.

You have people that just did not have the time anymore.
Or found a game that more suited their gameplay preferences.

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April-Rain

Having played on some of these vanilla servers over past year I can honestly say the private vanilla server community will be dead at release. You will get some running still with small communities as you will always get people who want to play for free in any game but the numbers will all be playing blizzard.

Servers to run wow with a good server pop and performance are expensive and I don’t think any will be able to raise the required amounts unless they pool together into one community which as we have seen is very unlikely.

I will also add i have never met a vanilla player who has said they would rather not go back to blizzard if blizzard launched vanilla.

Why? because it will be supported with no dodgy dealings or badly run communities by admin that sell gold, characters, cash shops or rip off the server donations.

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johnwillo

And persistence… no chance that your characters will disappear when their server gets shut down.

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Castagere Shaikura

Can’t wait to hear how people feel about paying a sub.for this classic server.

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David Harrison

Us Everquest gamers have been paying a subscription fee to play on classic servers of Everquest for years. They are called Time Locked Progression servers (TLP for short) in Everquest, and you can ONLY access them with a paid subscription (note that all the other servers are accessable with out paying for a subscription). If anything, the TLP servers for Everquest have proven that gamers want classic MMO servers and WILL pay for it.

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Carebear

these people were paying a sub for years in blizzard and played wow… they are not your typical f2p hippies… if you are looking for hippies, try the current f2p games.

When the time comes, and Blizzard release the classic servers, then you ll see what MMO success means.

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April-Rain

I will gladly pay another sub on top of my current wow sub for classic.

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Reht

Doubt you are going to hear much crying, a lot of people have been wanting this and know that they will be paying a sub cost in some form. Those that have an issue with it can still play on Elysium… I, for one, am not going to complain even if it costs a separate sub from my normal wow sub, which i can more than easily pay for using wow tokens.

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styopa

So you’ve missed the hundreds of people JUST HERE (like myself) that were longtime subs of Blizz, that dropped WoW, and have said “If they just build a classic server, I’d be happy to pay for it”?

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Lethality

There might even be 10 of you.

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styopa

Are you just trying to convince yourself now?

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Lethality

Wait and see. Guaran-fucking-teed.

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Knox Harrington

There will always be a portion of the emulator “community” that just wants to play the game for free no matter how much they pose as hipsters on a vintage kick.

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Reht

Pretty much

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rafael12104

LOL!

Hey… I know that movie. Witness. Damn good movie too.

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Utakata

Seconds that LOL! <3

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Iain B

“Shockwaves”? Really?

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Armsbend

Shockquakes

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Shockadins.

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rafael12104

Shaka… Chaka, Chaka Khan!

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Hirku

Boomshakalaka!

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Sorenthaz

After playing Valkyrie WoW (which was up to the Ahn Qiraj War Effort) a few years ago, I think I’m good on emulators. Emulators are cool because you can go back and see the World that was, but it’s always bound to never be the perfect 100% experience. Often times due to it largely being a volunteer project it can take a long while before the emulator reaches AQ/Naxx, and there’s also the problem of figuring out what to do with the special events. Not only that but scripting often has to be done from scratch, it looks like, so there’s a lot of things that can be broken or seem incredibly off when it comes to dungeon encounters especially.

Only reason to play an emulator after Classic would be because Classic probably will require monetization of some sort, and there’s been no word on whether or not a normal WoW sub will be good enough to get in.

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Slaasher

That’s an interesting point of concern for many i’m sure.
I am of the opinion that they will combine the prices for both. Maybe $15 /month or $18 instead of the $12 they charge now (numbers may be off a bit – been awhile since I’ve owned a WoW monthly sub)

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Reht

I am curious to see what/if they do with WoW tokens on the classic server.