After years of shutdowns, arguments, and petitions, Blizzard is finally caving to public pressure for vanilla servers in World of Warcraft. During Blizzard’s annual Blizzcon event, the developer/publisher announced World of Warcraft Classic, a return to the long-standing MMO’s roots.
“Before I get to the big news today, I want to talk about ice cream,” WoW Executive Producer J. Allen Brack told the Blizzcon crowd. “I understand that for some of you, your favorite flavor is vanilla.”
This, of course, was a reference to “vanilla” WoW servers. No release date, footage, or other gameplay details have been announced. However, Blizzard has revealed a trailer that rewound various cinematic clips from the game’s expansions before showing a familiar-looking bearded dwarf walking in the snow form the game’s very first edition.
“Fans of World of Warcraft around the world, we hear you,” Brack told the crowd. “I am pleased and also a little bit nervous to announce the development of a classic server option for World of Warcraft. This is a larger endeavor than you might imagine, but we are committed to making an authentic, Blizzard-quality classic experience.”