For years, the fans of World of Warcraft have been asking for a classic Vanilla WoW server. And for years, Blizzard has paid no mind to these requests, saying how the fans are just nostalgic and how most of them think they want to play Vanilla, but they actually don’t, therefore the famous WoW meme “you think you do, but you don’t”.
How it all came to be
Back in 2015 and 2016, there was a non-profit private World of Warcraft server called Nostalrius. The guys behind this server are the most hardcore WoW Vanilla fans and they wanted to create a server to relive the memories of old. So they created a Vanilla private server for players all over the world to enjoy. The server quickly gained players and skyrocketed up to about 15,000 concurrent players each day. And for a private server, that’s quite a lot. This, in turn, drew Blizzard’s attention and they eventually shut the server down, as it’s illegal to run WoW private servers. The fans were enraged at Blizzard, but for some time, Blizzard did not care at all.
That is until someone created a petition for Blizzard to create Vanilla servers. This petition gathered over 200,000 signatures from players all over the world. And then, a former Blizzard employee, Mark Kern, contacted the people over at Blizzard and brought the signatures to them, which is when the WoW development team invited Nostalrius’ team over to talk about the idea of Classic servers.
A couple of years later, on Blizzcon 2017, we finally got a confirmation from Blizzard that they’re working on Vanilla servers and recently we got an exact release date, which is August 27th, 2019.
Blizzard claimed that they are not changing any major pieces of content in Classic, but that they’re adding some quality of life updates, such as improved graphics option, smoother UI, and other small changes that are not going to affect the gameplay, but only improve the player’s experience in the game. However, the itemization was quite a problem back in the day, and Blizzard is doing their best not to change much, but only enough so that the game stays optimized.
We even got a timeline for content releases. It will be exactly as it was during Vanilla, with some minor changes. The raids will be released in the order that they were introduced back in the day, and even the Battlegrounds and Honor system will not be in place on release, but only a couple of weeks after.
According to Blizzard Entertainment, the development of Classic servers wasn’t even close to easy, as most of the systems are old and not compatible with new World of Warcraft gameplay mechanics we have in Battle For Azeroth today. But, the important thing is that we are still getting Classic servers, and this just serves to show that when a gaming community comes together with a common goal, anything is achievable!
If you would like to sign up for Beta access, which is currently ongoing, you can do so here!