World of Warcraft is finally returning to its roots after more than a decade with official classic “vanilla” servers, Blizzard announced at BlizzCon 2017.
According to executive producer J. Allen Brack, the development team is working hard to reproduce the golden era by creating an authentic experience for the masses. This means that it will take some time before the new classic servers are ready to be deployed.
“This is a larger endeavor than you might imagine, but we are committed to making an authentic, Blizzard-quality classic experience,” Brack stated.
Blizzard chose to not announce a release date and nor did it give away any footage or gameplay details for the long-awaited classic servers. Instead, the developer showed a trailer that rewound cinematic clips of all previously released expansion packs to the very first edition.
Until now, players had to resort to hosting their own private classic servers for World of Warcraft. Blizzard has been keeping its legal team busy, shutting down multiple groups such as Nostalrius and Felmyst over the past years. There have also been numerous petitions from the community for official classic servers. It seems that Blizzard finally had to accept the large demand from the players.
The classic or vanilla World of Wacraft experience refers to the content and gameplay from prior to the Burning Crusade expansion pack. This was when the game was typically harder and very different from what it has evolved into over multiple expansion packs and updates. In fact, the Cataclysm expansion pack from 2010 removed pretty much all the remaining vanilla elements from the game.
Without any concrete release date, we can only assume that the official classic servers will arrive sometime next year.