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WoW Private Server Nostalrius Regrets Releasing Code

Date: Jan 17 2017 Views: ( ) Comments ()

The World of Warcraft private server, Nostalrius, which shut down to meet privately with Blizzard to discuss the idea of official legacy servers before Blizzcon gave its code to the Elysium private servers after no official word of legacy servers was made at Blizzcon. However, in a strange twist of events, Nostalrius has changed its mind about supporting the Elysium private servers and asked Elysium to stop using any of its code. In an even stranger twist of events, Elysium agreed and will begin removing any code that Nostalrius provided.

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Nostalrius was officially closed last year after a cease and desistletter from the IP owner, Blizzard. Its admins sought to turn the voluntary closure into a catalyst for eliciting official legacy servers from Blizzard itself, drafting a 276,000-signature petition.

Nostalrius asked for Elysium to cease using their code as “Today, only 10% of the former Nostalrius players have generated a token to join Elysium, and we believe that we failed to satisfy this community entirely, as at the same time legacy fans acquired a reputation of 'pirates' on the official WoW community. Contrary to our expectations, our decision to release our source code and character database to Elysium actually made our 2 goals harder to achieve, implying a thought decision to make. [...] We know that Nostalrius carries the hopes of the legacy community but moving from 'fan server' to 'pirate server' reputation makes it harder to convince that legacy fans have a place on the WoW community. Until this stigma is removed, it's unlikely any true progress towards official legacy content can be achieved."

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The group later went on to say, "Nostalrius community is no longer about private servers, it is about official legacy realms. Now we need to continue convincing the World of Warcraft community that it would bring continued value to the entirety of World of Warcraft, something we missed to achieve so far because of our last announcement. [...] Our community has always been the center of our actions, and we still need to find the proper solution to please WoW community as a whole."

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As Blizzard hasn’t made it known whether or not they are officially working on legacy servers, but has reacted favorably towards the idea, the fact that the Nostalrius group has (finally) opted to put legitimacy over piracy is favorable.


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