Blizzard continues to hold its ground against the possibility of any third-party attempt at recreating the early years of World of Warcraft.
The latest victim in this regard is Felmyst, a private server that was developed by fans and launched on July 21 by Gummy52, the main developer on the project. However, within hours of the launch, Blizzard sent a cease-and-desist letter from its legal firm to state that the fan-made server was infringing on the company’s property. As a result, Gummy52 had no choice but to shut the server down.
“We understand that through your involvement with Felmyst, you are engaged in the development, distribution, and hosting of so-called ’emulated server’ software (hereafter, the ‘Infringing Services),'” reads the letter. “Among other things, [these] Infringing Services allow users to play altered and/or illegitimate copies of WoW online [without] the need for a legitimately-purchased copy or subscription.”
Hailed by many as the golden era of the popular online fantasy game, there has always been a great demand for Legacy servers. This includes the vanilla version of World of Warcraft, as well as first expansion pack called The Burning Crusade. Blizzard introduced a lot of changes from thereon, which has only disappointed many fans.
Unfortunately, despite acknowledging the demand for Legacy servers, Blizzard is in no mood to either offer licenses to third-party developers or launch their own servers.
“I am sad that things didn’t turn out the way I’d hoped but I don’t think I’d change any of the decisions I made,” said Gummy52. “I gambled that we could cap the servers at 3k and enjoy a close community. Sadly, I did not win that gamble, though on some level it was nice to see so many people eager to enjoy something I worked on. This project gave the last four years of my life a sense of purpose that I thoroughly enjoyed.”
Last year, Blizzard shut down a popular legacy server called Nostralrius that rolled the game back to its vanilla version.