Despite hopes that Blizzard would have some news about a World of Warcraft Legacy Server at this year’s BlizzCon, we were sadly left disappointed as Blizzard hardly touched World of Warcraft at the event. However, speaking to IGN, there may be hopes for something yet.
In an interview with IGN, World of Warcraft game director Ion Hazzikostas touched upon Legacy Servers saying “it’s still something that we’re discussing internally,” but ultimately it’s down to schematics, the who, what, where, and why.
“There’s no question it’s something we want to do,” said Hazzikostas. “I am a 2004 World of Warcraft player myself. Tons of us came to work at Blizzard because we fell in love with that version of World of Warcraft. And we met with the Nostalrius developers on our campus over the summer and were really impressed by the passion they had for the game and what they’re trying to do to recreate what they see as a lost experience. Obviously there’s always the question of doing it in a Blizzard way, in a way that lives up to Blizzard standards as integrated with our other projects.”
Nostalrius, for those who are unsure, is a server which ran an old-school version of World of Warcraft and was incredibly popular. That was until Blizzard shut it down in an effort to “protect their IP”.
It seems Blizzard are held up on how to actually launch Legacy Servers without it being talked about and released as an entirely new game.
“If we could just flip a switch and make it happen we already would have done that. The project is basically akin to launching a new game. The same way people say you should make Warcraft 4, it’s a big discussion. It’s something that requires a lot of deliberation,” he said. “Basically, it’s complicated and we’re still discussing internally, but it’s something we’re taking seriously.”
Interestingly, since there was no news of a Legacy Server at BlizzCon, the team behind Nostalrius posted an update on their forum saying that they’ll release their source code, first to Elysium, “an existing Legacy project which we believe to be the most in line with our core values,” and finally release it to the public.
In an announcement, the team wrote:
“We should not forget that Blizzard is the owner of World of Warcraft and would be for sure the most able to restore it. Until they disclose a schedule (if they do), the Legacy community will have to assume there will not be an official Blizzard release of Legacy WoW – possibly for very long time. It’s time for us to release our source code and additional tools to the community in the hope that it will maintain the Legacy community as much as possible until Blizzard announces an official Legacy plan – should they decide to do that.”