World of Warcraft is toying with time again. Blizzard is going all the way back to 2004, specifically to the launch of the original version of World of Warcraft. Yes, after years of Blizzard’s fanbase requesting it, a World of Warcraft legacy server is in the works. Introducing World of Warcraft Classic.
World of Warcraft Classic is, according to scarce early details from Blizzard, a future server option allowing players to revisit the “vanilla” origins of the MMO. Blizzard will strip away Legion, Warlords of Draenor, and all other expansions. What’s left are raids like Molten Core and Onyxia’s Lair, dungeons including the Deadmines and Scarlet Monastery, and the endless battle between Southshore and Tarren Mill.
Blizzard doesn’t have a release date yet for World of Warcraft Classic, though it was constantly repeated just how difficult it was to create such a server. As such, vanilla World of Warcraft may be months away yet, or perhaps even longer. With World of Warcraft‘s next major expansion, Battle for Azeroth, also in the pipeline, Blizzard may want to delay Classic‘s release so the two don’t compete with each other.
The reveal of World of Warcraft Classic is already begging the question: just how far will Blizzard go with this idea? It’s notable that Blizzard named its legacy server World of Warcraft Classic, a naming convention that could very easily be applied well beyond just vanilla World of Warcraft. Will Blizzard eventually release a World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Classic? Or other expansions? Could they go further and add seasonal servers, challenging players to complete content quickly and then move on to the next expansion? The possibilities are exciting.
Stay tuned for more information regarding World of Warcraft Classic in the days ahead, as Blizzard is likely to provide more information during BlizzCon 2017‘s multiple World of Warcraft-related panels and events.
No release date or subscription details have yet been announced for World of Warcraft Classic.