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After a meeting between various Blizzard heads and the folks behind the recently disbanded legacy server for World of Warcraft, it looks like things may be moving in a positive direction for folks who want to adventure across Azeroth like it's 2004.
Earlier this year, we reported that Blizzard had shut down the fan-favorite legacy World of Warcraft server, Nostalrius. It's hard to believe, but World of Warcraft has been in existence for more than a decade. Over all those years, Blizzard has implemented a ridiculous number of updates to the game, including loads of expansions, tweaks, re-skins and even changes to the entire world map.
According to a report on the Nostalrius forums, though, it sounds like Blizzard did not take this action just to be difficult and is indeed interested in the possibility of making legacy servers a part of the WoW ecosystem once again.
After the Nostalrius server was given the axe, a petition started circulating that gained more than a quarter of a million signatures. Blizzard took note and invited the folks responsible for the server to their headquarters where the team presented a post-mortem on Nostalrius. Five folks from the core Nostalrius team met with Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime and eight other World of Warcraft team heads. The meeting was apparently only scheduled for two hours and evolved into a five-hour marathon session.
During the meeting, the groups discussed the history of the legacy server, a community analysis, a presentation on the internal structure of the server, tech details and more. The report states that the Blizzard team was genuinely interested in what their visitors had to say and came prepared with lots of questions.
The post states that, following the meeting, the Nostalrius team left feeling confident that Blizzard is interested in the idea of legacy servers for World of Warcraft. If brought back, though, they'd want to do it properly, which is going to take a heck of a lot of resources to pull together all of the original components and get it running properly.
It might be a long shot, but at least folks who want legacy servers for World of Warcraft know that their desires are being heard and might actually lead to a rebirth of old-school Wow in the future. If nothing else, it's pretty great to hear that Blizzard was so open to hearing what the Nostalrius team had to say and seems to be taking it to heart.