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Fans of the “good ol’ days” of World of Warcraft may soon see news of classic servers, even if it is not through official (or legal) means.

Earlier this year, the private server Nostalrius was shut down. The server acted as a way for players to experience World of Warcraft before the game’s first expansion The Burning Crusade and ran free of charge for players.

The team behind the vanilla World of Warcraft server implied that there may be a new project in works. According to PCGamesN.com the administrator known as Viper wrote a cryptic post about what the team has in store. That is, if Blizzard Entertainment does not make an announcement regarding vanilla servers.

“If Blizzard doesn’t make an announcement to honor their own core values, be sure that we will,” wrote Viper. “In the end, pleasing the community is the ONLY thing which should matter.”

While the information is vague, it appears Nostalrius may see (a brief) second life. If that is the case, Blizzard will likely take down the servers yet again. It is important to note that Blizzard met with the Nostalrius team a few months ago. Little to no new surfaced about the meeting until now.

According to the same post from Viper, the group started a t-shirt campaign over a week ago. The group sold over 200 t-shirts, with all the proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. If you missed your chance to get a Nostalrius shirt, you have a second chance when they relaunch the campaign soon.

They also drafted a petition to bring vanilla servers back. Over 300,000 World of Warcraft fans signed it online.

Blizzard’s annual convention, Blizzcon, starts in just under two weeks (November 4-5). If we are to see any development about World of Warcraft vanilla servers, it would be during the con.


Quick Take

If Blizzard does not launch vanilla servers (which they likely will not), then the idea will die with it. With millions of people playing World of Warcraft now, 300,000 is a small number in comparison. It may not be enough to create a financial imperative enough to create vanilla servers. Vanilla World of Warcraft has not aged well and the game keeps getting better anyway.

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