In a forum post titled ‘Classic Server Update’ Blizzard community manager Ornyx has made a statement that there will be no legacy server news at Blizzcon. I have been meaning to share my thoughts on Legacy servers so I guess now is as good a time as any.
I will analyse the bluepost first and then move on to my thoughts on the issue.
We’ve seen some talk among the community that you might be expecting to hear some news on legacy servers at BlizzCon, and we just wanted to take a moment to let you know that while we’re still discussing the possibility, we won’t have any updates to share on that until after the show.
These past few months we’ve been laser-focused on the launch of Legion and getting Patch 7.1: Return to Karazhan ready to go (it’s almost here!), as well as prepping for BlizzCon—which is always a huge undertaking itself. You’ve heard us say that the launch of Legion was just the beginning of the story we want to tell in this expansion. What we will focus on at BlizzCon is how the team is committed to making sure we bring you a steady stream of content going forward, and we can’t wait to share what’s next for Legion.
Thanks for your patience, and we’ll see you at BlizzCon.
-J. Allen Brack and the World of Warcraft development team
Ornyx gets straight to the point and doesn’t sugar coat it, they are still discussing the possibility of legacy servers but there won’t be any updates about legacy servers during BlizzCon. He goes on to explain that the development team has been dedicated to Legion and the upcoming patch 7.1: Return to Karazhan. The focus of BlizzCon will be how the team is focused on creating a steady stream of future content and that they will be sharing information about new Legion content.
Honestly I am not surprised by this announcement, legacy servers is a tough subject for them to address due to the number of passionate fans eager to play the classic game in it’s early state and the seemingly equal number of fans that would rather Blizzard spent their time and money developing and supporting the ongoing development of World of Warcraft content.
I started playing World of Warcraft during The Burning Crusade’s later patches and got to experience some of the classic game, at that time I had never played a game like it. World of Warcraft was an enthralling adventure filled with adventure and mystery in the world of my favourite series of strategy games. I got lost in the game world, reading all the lore, exploring all the locations I had only seen from a top down perspective of in Warcraft 3. I got to see one of my favourite game worlds through the eyes of my own character. I never got to the end game of WoW until Wrath of the Lich King at which point I stopped playing for a few years. I came back at the end of Cataclysm to see what had changed and have been subscribed ever since.
Experiencing the game in the way it was originally released again is an experience I would be willing to pay for, I would like to experience everything I missed out on that is no longer in the game. Blizzard is in a unique position for the games industry in that customers are willing to pay for a repackage of older content. A practice that is usually shunned by a large portion of the gaming community.
The community eagerly awaits more news on official legacy servers and even if Blizzard says they won’t be talking about it at BlizzCon it is more or less guaranteed that someone will ask about legacy servers during the WoW Q&A panel.
Blizzard seems to have stopped making technical excuses to try and explain why they can’t make legacy servers, mostly because their technical excuses were ridiculous in concept and unrealistic without extreme incompetence. The statement in the recent blue post states that they won’t have any updates to share on legacy servers until after BlizzCon. I believe that this statement has been made knowing that the Q&A will be loaded with legacy server questions. Which they will surely prepare to respond to.
There is no reason for official legacy servers not to exist, especially when it can be monetised and profited from. Considering the number of players Nostalrius had before being shut down and the number of signatures on the petition to get official legacy servers, Blizzard would effectively be turning down a guaranteed consumer base and handing them over to illegal private servers.
I believe that the likelihood of legacy servers is promising although I don’t see it happening until the expansion end patch of Legion and it’s inevitable drought which is the perfect time to introduce legacy servers as it would keep players subscribed that would usually unsubscribe until the next expansion. The best thing the community can do to ensure more dialogue about official legacy servers is to keep the pressure on Blizzard.
Don’t hold your breath for Legacy servers in the near future though, Blizzard seems to have doubled down on development of Legion content for now but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep the pressure on and make our voices heard.