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Blizzard speaks out about "Vanilla WOW" server shutdown

Blizzard speaks out about Vanilla WOW server shutdown

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Blizzard speaks out about "Vanilla WOW" server shutdown

 

Blizzard has spoken out about "Vanilla WOW" Nostalrius server shutdown, stating that there is no clear legal path that can allow such servers to exist while protecting their own rights.  

In the world of Intelectual Property, IP, you have to actively protect it or risk losing your ability to protect it entirely, meaning that there is no room to allow anything that is not yours to be using your IP without risking your IPS protected status.

With the shutdown of the popular Nostalrius World of Warcraft server, a private player server that allowed people to play the 2004 "Vanilla" version of World of Warcraft, Blizzard has made it clear that they have to protect their World of Warcraft IP or risk losing control of it. If Blizzard lost control of the World of Warcraft IP there would be nothing to stop other companies from external companies to make unofficial games, merchandise, and other products using characters and story aspects of the World of Warcraft franchise, all without Blizzard getting any money from it.   

In an open letter to the World of Warcraft community, Blizzard Employee "Nethaera" stated that they know that there is an audience that desires the classic World of Warcraft experience, but that developing classic servers would be a difficult challenge and not as easy to implement as simply rolling back a few patches. It is also stated that Blizzard had look into the possibility of granting an operating licence to allow a private vanilla WoW server to exist, but that there was no way to do so that would offer full protection of their WoW IP. 

 

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. 

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. However, there are tremendous operational challenges to integrating classic servers, not to mention the ongoing support of multiple live versions for every aspect of WoW.  

 

Blizzard speaks out about   (2004 vs 2014 graphics)

 

The original World of Warcraft MMO was a very different game from what is today, making many long-time WoW players wish to return to the early days of the game where the game was more community focus and there was the possibility of having a unique item, recipe or just the feeling that your guild membership had a larger meaning. 

Over time, World of Warcraft has gotten more accessible, with the game requiring a lot less grinding than was originally required in order to max out a character's level, find a rare piece of loot or complete a difficult raid, which has in part contributed to World of Warcraft's decline, at least in terms of losing long-time players/subscribers.   

Hopefully, Blizzard can find a way to allow users to experience the Original World of Warcraft in time, but for now this is likely to remain a largely disputed issue among WoW fans for some time to come. 

 

Special thanks to Tolemac on the OC3D Forums for providing insight and information on this topic to make this article possible.  

 

You can join the discussion on Blizzard closing down the Nostalrius Classic WoW server on the OC3D forums

 

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28-04-2016, 07:20:08

Chrazey
I just have to say it... Lol on the graphical difference, not much in 10 years. Even battlefield, from 2142 that came out in 2007 if I recall correctly and 3 that came out in 2014 (?), has a much bigger improvement. So that isn't anything in my eyes, for a period of 10 years.

Despite it being a bigger game in all.Quote

28-04-2016, 07:32:11

barnsley
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Originally Posted by Chrazey View Post
I just have to say it... Lol on the graphical difference, not much in 10 years. Even battlefield, from 2142 that came out in 2007 if I recall correctly and 3 that came out in 2014 (?), has a much bigger improvement. So that isn't anything in my eyes, for a period of 10 years.

Despite it being a bigger game in all.
Its a completley different game. Its like comparing chalk and cheese.Quote

28-04-2016, 08:16:01

MadShadow
As an ex-Runescape player I can really understand why people would want to go back to the older version. Good thing we have RS Classic :PQuote
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