Blizzard Explains Why Nostalrius Was Shutdown
On April 10 Blizzard has shutdown Nostalrius by issuing a cease and desist. Nostalrius was a custom vanilla World of Warcraft server made with the main purpose of letting players play the original version of the game.
A forum post from one of Blizzard’s employees explains that the server was shut down due to copyright infringement. The post states: “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 World of Warcraft’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.”
A petition demanding Blizzard to keep the server alive has been created and had even acquired 200,000 signatures which had personally been delivered by a former World of Warcraft team lead Mark Kern. However, the company shows no signs of letting the server go, which many speculate is due to a large fall in within the current player base of World of Warcraft’s main official servers over recent years.
Players who wish to re-live the old days of World of Warcraft may still get their chance, as further posts by the employee state that Blizzard is still open to the idea of releasing a “pristine realm”, which would turn off all levelling accelerations and attempt to make the game feel just like it did within the first few years of its release. It has also been revealed that the company has spoken to the people who operated Nostalrius, so it’s possible that the realm will be managed or at least influenced by people who know what Nostalrius fans truly want to experience. However, the post also kept a constant reminder that this idea is still only in discussion and therefore it is not completely guaranteed to happen as of yet.
Hopefully Blizzard will come up with something new (or should I say old) to appease the disappointed fans of Nostalrius, as they may risk lowering their main player base even further than expected within the nearby future.