Since we’re all a bit long in the tooth around these parts, its not unfair to assume that most of us have played World of Warcraft either at launch or soon there after. It’s this version of the game, along with the initial expansion “The Burning Crusade” some claim represents the World of Warcraft at its height in terms of game-play.
So while subsequent expansions may have added new content and features some would argue that social aspects and challenge offered by the game where greatly diminished.
The following video illustrates the problems which arose reasonably well.
Its from tapping into this mindset that the recently Nostalrius server had managed to maintain an active player base of 150,000 players. But with such a large active player base it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Blizzard forced the shuttering of such a server infringing on their IP.
But it does show that an appetite for such a service exists and with that in mind a change.org petition (link below) has started to try to encourage Blizzard to rethink their stance on legacy servers. Either by working with third-party community servers (unlikely) or by providing their own “legacy” server(s).
As an additional side note if 200k signatures are reached, then Mark Kern the team lead on the initial World of Warcraft release has promised to personally deliver the petition.
— Mark Kern (@Grummz) 15 April 2016