Blizzard In Talks With Nostalrius World of Warcraft Operators

Blizzard has responded to the petitions, videos and general outcry from the fans regarding the shutting down of the private server, Nostalrius. Executive producer J. Allen Brack made a post on the official World of Warcraft forums

Blues spotted the post by Brack, where he explained all the typical platitudes about Blizzard loving World of Warcraft (and they should since they made it and continue to make money on it) as well as why they couldn’t allow the Nostalrius servers to continue to operate, writing…

“Why not just let Nostalrius continue the way it was? The honest answer is, failure to protect against intellectual property infringement would damage Blizzard’s rights. This applies to anything that uses WoW’s IP, including unofficial servers. And while we’ve looked into the possibility – there is not a clear legal path to protect Blizzard’s IP and grant an operating license to a pirate server. “

People were reluctantly fine with Blizzard protecting their IP, but what they weren’t fine with was Brack’s excuse for not bringing back a vanilla server.

Former lead on World of Warcraft, Mark Kern, made a video on KungenTV imploring Blizzard to consider the request of fans to bring back a vanilla server, which came after a petition with more than 238,000 signatures came about asking for a response from Blizzard’s CEO Mike Morhaime.

Open Letter to Blizzard Entertainment from Mark Kern

A message from Mark Kern to Blizzard @grummz Graphics by (CHECK HIM OUT!) Please sign the petition to help out! The more the better – Awesome work guys. Thank you for doing this for the World of Warcraft community /KungenTV

Part of Brack’s response was that they would consider a “Pristine Realm” that removed a bunch of cash shop options, microtransactions and boosters, but no one asked for that and it has absolutely nothing to do with a vanilla server.

The only upside to the post from Brack was that he mentioned that Blizzard was in talks with the original server operators of Nostalrius, writing…

“One other note – we’ve recently been in contact with some of the folks who operated Nostalrius. They obviously care deeply about the game, and we look forward to more conversations with them in the coming weeks.”

That was the only positive thing most World of Warcraft fans begging for a vanilla server gleaned from the post.

According to Brack, the team working on the MMO can’t implement classic or vanilla servers because…

“We explored options for developing classic servers and none could be executed without great difficulty. If we could push a button and all of this would be created, we would.”

The most common question is: why not just use Nostalrius’ server setup? Or more importantly, how was it possible for modders to get World of Warcraft up and running with relatively no bugs and few glitches?

All of the common sense questions about what the exact technical hold-ups are preventing Blizzard from bringing back the vanilla servers go unanswered.

What’s more is that World of Warcraft has lost 6 million subscribers over the past six years, and Nostalrius had gained 800,000 registered users within the span of a year, with 150,000 active users on at any given time. So there really isn’t a question of demand given that more than an entire sixth of Blizzard’s current subscriber base was playing on a vanilla server. It baffles me how they would be willing to ignore that kind of demand, especially given that Nostalrius had no advertising or promotion.

The World of Warcraft forum topic about this subject is currently stickied, and is moving at a rapid pace, garnering well over a hundred pages within the span of hours. Over the next couple of weeks we’ll find out just what Blizzard has in store for any vanilla servers and what sort of results will come out of their talks with the Nostalrius crew.


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