Blizzard is starting to step on our toes and it seems they are not willing to stop disappointing us. While they added their first DLC in StarCraft 2 and made their first shooter game, Overwatch which was supposed to be free to play, only available after purchase, now they are making old-school World of Warcraft players really mad. The private server, Nostalrius, will be shut down by Blizzard’s lawyers on April 10th. The server had 150.000 active players and over 800.000 registered users and the server was running on the v1.12 which is the version that was just before the “Burning Crusade” expansion was released in 2006.
It seems that the power Blizzard started to have in the gaming industry made them greedy and everything is about money now. You know Blizzard, not everybody has your money and not everybody can pay to play on your servers and there are a lot of us who enjoy the game even in older versions. Also, the server played an older version of World of Warcraft and fans loved it because although the game has evolved until today that was the version that made most of your oldest users love it. However, the Nostalrius team’s work will not go to waste and they released the following statement:”Today is also the day where Nostalrius will start being community-driven in the truest sense of the word, as we will be releasing the source code, and anonymized players data (encrypting personal account data), so the community as a whole will decide the form of the future of Nostalrius. We will still be there in the background if you want us to, but will no longer take the lead.”
It truly is a shame that Blizzard sees this types of servers as competition when it is not, these people gave us a free mean of playing older expansions that are mostly forgotten by active paying users. If anything, Nostalrius hooked more people on the game and most likely those of them who could afford to play on the official servers paid for newer versions of the game. We understand it is Blizzards original game and they have a legal right to it, but people will always find ways to play for free and closing down a big server like Nostalrius who only provided what fans already wanted makes them look bad.