It has been announced that the classic World of Warcraft private server Nostalrius is shutting down effective any time between now and April 10th after receiving a cease and desist.
For more than a year, thousands of people got together on Nostalrius Begins, a series of classic World of Warcraft servers dedicated to reliving the “good old days” of Blizzard Entertainment’s MMO giant with classic PvP and PvE servers, as well as a Burning Crusade realm as well.
Whatever the arguments here for illegality, Nostalrius Begins was the biggest classic World of Warcraft private server out there. With thousands of people playing daily (150,000 active players, according to the team behind the server), this certainly showed that there is a very real demand for Legacy World of Warcraft servers. Blizzard have so far remained steadfast in their decision to refrain from setting up and maintaining such servers in order to avoid splitting their resources and focus on bringing new content to the live servers.
Going forward, the team behind Nostalrius have set up a petition to Blizzard’s Mike Morhaime pleading their case for a vanilla server. This sits at more than 40,000 signatures at time of writing. They also took part in a Reddit AMA over on r/wow so it may be worth checking that out if you’re interested. There is also a rumor on the MMO-Champion forums that members of the Nostalrius community will be re-hosting the private server in Finland “as a non-profit organization under Finnish Law.”
While it is sad to see such a large community of players come to a rather abrupt end, the fact is that private servers are very much against Blizzard’s Terms of Service and it was only a matter of time before private server Nostalrius was closed down. However, we would very much like to see Blizzard set up an official classic World of Warcraft server. Legacy servers have worked very well for the likes of RuneScape and EverQuest, after all, and there is no denying the passion of the Nostalrius community.MMORPG, News, Shut Down, World of Warcraft