World of Warcraft Vanilla Server Developers in Dispute

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The two teams behind the development of the World of Warcraft legacy scene have clashed.

Nostalrius and Elysium, the two teams who have resurrected the vanilla World of Warcraft from the dead, have clashed over their visions for the project, Eurogamer reports.


Nostalrius wrote a blog post in which the team requested that Elysium cease using the server data they provided last year. According to Nostalrius, Legacy World of Warcraft playersare being looked upon as pirates, which is contrary to Nostalrius' original version of creating a healthy WoW community.

"The goal was to relieve pressure on Blizzard by providing a home for vanilla WoW in order to lower tensions and begin building a WoW community that includes legacy WoW players", wrote Nostalrius. "When looking back to what happened, we have the feeling that the main objective was missed."

"We know that Nostalrius carries the hopes of the legacy community but moving from 'fan server' to 'pirate server' reputation makes it harder to convince that legacy fans have a place on the WoW community. Until this stigma is removed, it's unlikely any true progress towards official legacy content can be achieved."

In a forum post titled 'Elysium will prevail!', Elysium responded:

"It is with sadness that we must act under such circumstances. However, rest assured that our loyalties remain with the community in all things."

Elysium also explained that the team will discontinue use of the Nostalrius core.

"By then, we will have completed Anathema, which will be equal to or superior to the Nostalrius core. We assure you that you will not feel any difference in the cores except for a potential increase in quality. We have been continuously updating the Anathema core side-by-side with the Nostalrius core.

All characters that have existed in the game world since Elysium's launch until now will be maintained and all Nostalrius specific data will be wiped. Nostalrius realms will be renamed to Anathema PvP and Darrowshire PvE. A 30-minute maintenance will occur at 8:00 PM server time to apply the rename and the removal of unclaimed characters."

That's such a strange turn of events for a project where everyone seemed to share the same agendas.

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