Ex World Of Warcraft Dev: “Old Servers Would Bring Back Community”

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Posted Apr 19, 2016
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Former World of Warcraft team lead, Mark Kern, has expressed why Blizzard should restore the classic, vanilla, WoW servers.

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Yesterday we already reported on how Kern had stated that he would personally deliver a recent legacy server petition to Blizzard, if the petition would harvest 200K supporters.

“If we can get 200k sigs on this petition, I will personally send it to Mike Morhaime. But if we’re going to convince Blizzard, we need more than 100k. 100k is well, not enough to move them. My guess is that if Nostalrius can do 850k signups, then there are probably a couple million who would do legacy”, Kern told PCInvasion.

The petition was started by the Nostalrius Begins team following a cease and desist letter from Blizzard.

Vanilla World of Warcraft servers would bring back community

Today, Kern shared his view on legacy WoW servers, and why Blizzard would do well to restore the classic, vanilla World of Warcraft servers. World of Wacraft´s user base peaked around 2010, but has been declining ever since. Following the release of Warlords of Draenor in 2014, subscriptions increased for a few months, but have been declining since 2015 once again.

Kern was asked whether restoring the vanilla servers would fragment the community. According to Kern, bring back the old vanilla WoW servers would bring back the community that the game needs.

“What community? Cross realm, flying, LFG/LFR and garrisons have already made it into a single player game. You never see anyone anymore and the people you meet are soon forgotten in your next group. Old servers had community, we worked really hard to make sure it was a social experience. Old servers would bring back community, bring back friends, and be a far “stickier” experience that will retain players longer, because social bonds are what keep people re-subbing and playing”, Kern told PCInvasion.

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What’s your take on restoring the classic WoW servers? Do you prefer Vanilla WoW over The Burning Crusade?

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