June 20th, 2017

Nostalrius to release their World of Warcraft legacy server source code – Blizzard failed to respond

Nostalrius to release their World of Warcraft legacy server source code – Blizzard failed to respond

It’s been more than four months since the Nostalrius team dropped into Blizzard to make their case for World of Warcraft legacy servers. Despite trying to communicate with Blizzard, the team has decided to release their source code due to the lack of response from Blizzard.

The update released today by Nostalrius outlined their thoughts on Blizzard’s reluctance to communicate.

“After the meeting with Blizzard, we continued to reach out regarding the issues they raised in order to help them as much as possible and to speed up the process of an official release. Trust us, we were ready to work like hell on that, even more than before in order to help WoW team. But we never received any response to these questions, even after 4 months.

“Then, we tried to show our motivation to solve the issues from a different angle by working on mature proposals (studies, cost analysis, schedules, milestones, etc.), including a complete transfer of technology of our existing work, fixing the few remaining issues we had, official Battle.Net integration on Legacy to enhance community driven strategy and other more complex IT topics, all of this on a volunteer basis.

“Why? Our only goal was to nullify as much as possible the impact of Legacy on the WoW team so that everyone could be pleased with the result. We knew that having even a single person from the current WoW Team working on Legacy might not be seen in a positive light by the Legion community, something we understand. Sadly, we never received any answers to these proposals either.

“Blizzcon got closer by month after month, then week after week, and all the while we had a constant flow of messages from the community solidly supporting the idea of legacy servers. So we decided to take the risk of challenging Blizzard regarding Legacy servers and lighting the flame of hope for one final burst. Why? Because there are many MMORPGs coming in 2017 and 2018, mainly from Asia and also including crowd funded projects. Vanilla WoW fans were already disappointed by the stance Blizzard had adopted for so many years, and many of those people might never come back unless things moved fast on the subject.”

The Nostalrius team also announced their plans foe the futuew which initially involves handing over their source code to another WoW legacy project called Elysium. Some members of the Nostalrius team have already moved over to this project under different names.

This new server, like Nostalrius, will be working as a non-profit service to WoW players wanting the legacy experience. However, the Nostalrius source code will also be released to the public in the future.

“The source code will be first given to an existing Legacy project which we believe to be the most in line with our core values, named Elysium. This server shares the volunteer spirit and passion for the game we had. Furthermore, an important part of Nostalrius volunteers are already working there, some under different names. We wish them all the best, and hope that they will become a new home for the reunited Vanilla community.

“We will continue collaborating closely with them. This collaboration could include additional “things” to share with them if necessary to achieve this goal. In exchange, this server promised to not receive any profit from this activity. They will also have to create the documentation required to install, understand and use the work we did.

“Once this work has been done, source code & documentation will be release to the public. Goal is to have the same user friendly development package as we did for our Burning Crusade project. All of this to help developers who want to work in the gaming industry later understanding how a server works, as Nostalrius server backbone can be considered as one of the rare production server of that scale to become available. The purpose of this will still remain mainly educational in nature.”

Nostalrius were disheartened when Blizzard announced they would not reveal anything to do with WoW legacy servers at BlizzCon 2016. Nostalrius may have jumped the gun with today’s news because J. Allen Brack had said, “we’re still discussing the possibility”, of working on legacy servers.

Members of the Nostalrius community are not pleased with the news, they were hoping that Nostalrius could return with the help of Blizzard. It’s now up to Blizzard to make the next move.

Ex-Blizzard and World of Warcraft dev Mark Kern, who championed an official WoW legacy server project and delivered the petition to Blizzard, posted on Twitter this evening.


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  • Paul Younger

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    • The Trumpnado

      BLizz has responded, repeatedly. They are still working through the process. This is a pretty serious undertaking and Nost should be grateful they got a sit down at all after pirating Blizzard’s IP!

      What they really mean is “Blizzard isn’t working fast enough for our tastes…so we’ll threaten them and then help other people break the law to get back at them.”

      This hotheads are going to ruin our chances at an official Legacy server, and the community would do well to divest themselves of their influence.

      • David Curran

        they just used a 25th 20th and 10th anniversary blizzcon to announce Patche for all 5 of their IPs, its safe to say their dragging their asses. and their responces still being its just nostalgia ( https://ca.ign.com/articles/2016/11/06/blizzard-on-world-of-warcraft-legacy-servers-its-something-were-taking-seriously ) Source. People want Legacy wow now, Just like how they wanted necromancers in d3 in 2012. Giving us legacy wow in 2021 Is just really too late.

        • The Trumpnado

          Some of it is nostalgia, but certainly not all. Ion acknowledged that. My main point is stealing their IP made sense when it was a definitive “no,” because it was a victimless crime as they weren’t moving at all on the issue. But now that they may take it up, we should wait a bit longer for word before firing up another server. Because if Blizz does end up doing Legacy, this will split the community.

          • minimoncho

            No profit, no stealing. The only reason private legacy servers are not “legal” is because of the dmca non-supported versions policy being outdated regarding games that need a server. They’re IP, yes, that I paid for and being denied to play. And comunity is already splitted.

            • The Trumpnado

              If Blizzard does Legacy, and there is a good chance it will happen eventually, then yes they very much will be losing money. You knew when you signed on the game would be updated and changed. You can play just fine, just not the version you prefer.

              By splitting the community, I meant between the Blizzard server, and the pirate one. If you guys would just WAIT, everyone could just log in to the official one and it would really get off the ground.

            • Santiago Draco

              Huh? Of course it’s stealing. Just because you didn’t make money doesn’t mean it’s not stealing. Some people are brainless.

              It’s also stealing from the perspective of taking players away from Blizzard which could result in a loss of revenue.

              Just because you want something doesn’t make it right to do whatever you want. People nowadays act like they were born with the right to take whatever they want and behave however they want. Pretty ridiculous.

      • pcinvasion

        I think they have been a bit hasty here. I think wait another 3 to 4 week and see what happens. Blizzard has said they would come back to them but BlizzCon needed to be completed first. They may have just shot themselves in the foot.

        • The Trumpnado

          Agreed. I’m a firm supporter of Legacy, but reading the tone of Nost’s forum posts prior to Blizzcon came across as downright threatening. Blizzard can take a lot of time to address issues. It’s just how they operate. Patience is critical here.

    • Zach Albrecht

      There is bigger issues than a porting of what they have into what blizzard has. Everyone on here forgets about security and this is a big concern, especially for a multi-billion dollar company where reputation is paramount to the overall success and stock holders can make you go from riches to cardboard boxes in hours. You really think that they’ll just grab open source configurations and just implement them? That’s just absurd.

      Do it and do it right or else you’ll have millions of pissed off people and potentially compromised credit card information and user accounts.

      If they did vanilla servers, that’d be the only reason i’d come back.