Blizzard Is Still “Discussing” World of Warcraft Legacy ‘Vanilla’ Servers But Don’t Expect BlizzCon Announcements


Blizzard is still discussing the possibility of Legacy ‘Vanilla’ World of Warcraft servers, but there won’t be any updates until after this year’s BlizzCon event.

Community manager Ornyx said as much on the official World of Warcraft forums some hours ago. According to World of Warcraft’s executive producer, J. Allen Brack, the team has been rather focussed on the launch of Legion, its first patch, and the upcoming BlizzCon event.

We’ve seen some talk among the community that you might be expecting to hear some news on legacy servers at BlizzCon, and we just wanted to take a moment to let you know that while we’re still discussing the possibility, we won’t have any updates to share on that until after the show.

These past few months we’ve been laser-focused on the launch of Legion and getting Patch 7.1: Return to Karazhan ready to go (it’s almost here!), as well as prepping for BlizzCon—which is always a huge undertaking itself. You’ve heard us say that the launch of Legion was just the beginning of the story we want to tell in this expansion. What we will focus on at BlizzCon is how the team is committed to making sure we bring you a steady stream of content going forward, and we can’t wait to share what’s next for Legion.

Thanks for your patience, and we’ll see you at BlizzCon.

-J. Allen Brack and the World of Warcraft development team

Discussion regarding World of Warcraft legacy servers started following the forced closure of the “Nostalgius” private legacy server some months ago.

Upon a cease and desist letter from Blizzard, the Nostalgius team closed down the private server, and a petition was started to change Blizzard’s stance of legacy servers. Following the huge amount of petition supporters, Warcraft’s former team lead, Mark Kern, decided to personally deliver the petition to Blizzard’s CEO, Mike Morhaime. A meeting between between Kern and Morhaime was organized, and the results from that meeting were quite positive.