This year’s edition of BlizzCon ended and it didn’t include Nostalrius legacy server. At the beginning of October, the Nostalrius team released a drop of hope among the WoW legacy community by suggesting that BlizzCon 2016 “is the golden occasion for them [Blizzard] to announce their plan for legacy realms.” At that moment, the Nostalrius team also mentioned a Plan B: “As a consequence, if Blizzard doesn’t make an announcement to honor their own core values, be sure that we will.” Blizzard’s response to this strong suggestion was made few days after by Ornyx, Blizzard’s community manager. He mentioned on the official World of Warcraft forum that: “We’ve seen some talk among the community that you might be expecting to hear some news on legacy servers at BlizzCon, and we just wanted to take a moment to let you know that while we’re still discussing the possibility, we won’t have any updates to share on that until after the show.”
It’s worth mentioning that the guys from Nostalrius continued to reach out at Blizzard, in order to help them with the issues raised by the gaming studio and speed up the process of an official release. As Mark Kern, the courier of the legacy server’s petition and Nostalrius team mentions, Blizzard didn’t reply to their messages. I can assume that Legion, World of Warcraft sixth expansion is responsible for Blizzard’s lack of communication. After many years, Legion’s success matches the records set by the previous WoW expansions. BlizzCon 2016 passed without any surprise from Blizzard regarding the WoW legacy servers, so the Plan B was activated. “So, it’s time for us to release our source code and additional tools to the community in the hope that it will maintain the Legacy community as much as possible until Blizzard announces an official Legacy plan – should they decide to do that. 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”.
We can state that Nostalrius legacy server will revive from its own ashes under the name of Elysium, as the guys from Nostalrius decided to give them the source code and the player database. Elysium message is strong and unique – “You Think We Don’t, But We Do! The Birth of Legacy”, as well as its core values: “The Elysium Project was born from the desire to capture World of Warcraft in its original state so that we might share our passion with the world once more.”
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