As you may, or may not know, Blizzard ordered Nostalrius to shutdown via it’s server hosts a couple of weeks/months ago, thus bringing the private Vanilla server to an abrupt end. At the time of the closure, Nostalrius had approximately 800,000 registered accounts and 100,000 active players. They also had 13,000 players playing on a single server at any one time, which given the limits Blizzard had is absolutely staggering. To give you a sense of how vast this was, here’s an uploaded video via YouTube of the final minutes on the server.
As you’ll know via social media, this subject has picked up some pace since the private server closed. This is hugely thanks to the player base and most notably the acquisitions of Sodapoppin and ex World of Warcraft lead Designer, Mark Kerr. Together they’ve made a great argument, and proven why Blizzard should introduce Legacy servers. To help their cause, the Nostalrius team started a petition, with the view of hitting 100,000 signatures, to show Blizzard that enough players would be willing to play Legacy servers if introduced. Amazingly, they’ve surpassed 250,000 signatures. With the pressure of the petition, the backing from Mark Kerr, Sodapoppin and many more streamers, Blizzard have acknowledged that there might be some value in creating Legacy servers and have invited the Nostalrius team to the Blizzard campus for talks.
Here’s a link to the Nostalrius Petition to Mike Morhaime.
If you wish to help give the Nostalrius team every possible chance to get these Legacy servers, then please do take a moment of your time and fill in the survey which I’ve linked below. Even if you’ve not played Vanilla before, or maybe you’re a player that’s recently un-subbed and don’t like the direction the game is going, feel free to fill in the survey and help build a strong case for the Nostalrius team.
Blizzard know all too well themselves, that their subscriptions are decreasing with every month that passes and there’s no sign of it halting anytime soon. You know when things are bad, it’s when Blizzard no longer choose to disclose their quarterly subscription figures. They used to do it in the past, but if they did still publish them now, I’m sure it would prove that World of Warcraft was in a serious decline.
What’s sad, is we still have over 3 Months until Legion is released, what do Blizzard expect us to do within that time? I remember when they said Warlords of Draenor would have more content and less waiting, well… I’m still waiting…lol.
Anyway, please get involved, spread the word and hopefully, we can save this game we all obviously love… well if you didn’t, you’d not be here… right?! 🙂