Alright, guys, I know that this topic is going through the fire and flames right now, but here's a little something you might not have known. Being the World of Warcraft player that I am, I was pissed when they dropped the legacy servers and so were my buddies. Recently the WoW legacy server group met with Blizzard to talk to them about bringing the servers back, and it honestly went pretty smooth.
First, Let Me Say That There Will Be Hurdles
It's not going to be easy to bring these servers back. One can't simply just plug it back in and click "Vanilla WoW .exe." If it were that simple, then someone would have probably made that happen already. Viper, the project manager of WoW, had this to say:
"In order to generate the server (and the client), a complex build system is being used. It is not just about generating the 'WoW.exe' and 'Server.exe' files. The build process takes data, models, maps, etc. created by Blizzard and also generates client and server specific files. The client only has the information it needs and the server only has the information that it needs. This means that before re-launching vanilla realms, all of the data needed for the build processes has to be gathered in one place with the code. Not all of this information was under a version control system. In the end, whichever of these parts were lost at any point, they will have to be recreated: this is likely to take a lot of resources through a long development process."
Now I know that is a mouthful right there, and it doesn't sound very promising, but here's what gets interesting: Never did anyone give a definite no and they are already thinking of ways to go about bringing it back.
We As A Community Will Have To Make This Happen
The only way we can get the legacy servers back is if we help Blizzard. Blizzard truly does want the legacy servers around, but it's a lot easier said than done. How can we help, you ask? Well, when Viper says "resources", he definitely (to some degree) is talking about money. Whether they decide to call for a monthly payment, or even let us buy into a server, it would work wonderfully. They might not even make us pay, but we need to make sure to voice our opinions and keep on signing petitions. As long as we keep pushing for the servers, Blizzard will keep listening and trying to make it work.
"To sum up: the good surprise of the meeting was the level of engagement of all these Blizzard people toward making legacy servers a reality," the Nostalrius team wrote.
What To Expect From Here On
The communication between the Nostalrius project staff and Blizzard will probably keep going and Blizzard will listen to all of their fans. Now there were no promises for this to work in the end, but it's a huge step for Blizzard growing closer to their audience. They are trying hard to accommodate us all, and that fact alone shows that they do care for their fans. If things do end up working out for the server then it's going to be a long road from home. They said this will take a long time to get the ball rolling, but that's better than nothing right? I will keep you all updated with any information as it comes out!