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Blizzard invites Mark Kern and the Nostalrius team to private meeting

The Blizzard legacy and vanilla server circus just keeps on going. The latest is that Blizzard has invited former World of Warcraft Team Lead Mark Kern and the Nostalrius team to a private meeting.

When Blizzard shutdown the private server Nostalrius the whole WoW community started rumbling, including former WoW Team Lead Mark Kern. The former Blizzard developer sent an open letter to Blizzard asking them to reconsider legacy servers aruging that they were a piece of gaming history. It seems like Mark Kern's open letter video got to Blizzard.

Mike Morhaime himself, one of Blizzard's co-founders, has invited Mark Kern and the Nostalrius team to Blizzard HQ, but what they are going to talk about is still a secret. Though talks about legacy WoW should be expected to be on the agenda.

The qustion is, will Blizzard try and convince both Kern and the Nostalrius team the their "Pristine Realms" are a better idea or will they try and get the Nostalrius guys to make legit legacy WoW?

The Nostalrius team has promised to keep us all updated on what goes down at Blizzard HQ. Until then we just have to wait and see what happens.

Blizzard is 'dead wrong' on Nostalrius shutdown reasoning, says former WoW Team Lead

The World of Warcraft vanilla and legacy server circus keeps on going. Former WoW Team Lead Mark Kern called Blizzard out on there being no "clear legal path to […] grant an operating license to a pirate server." 

A few days ago Blizzard broke the silence after the Nostalrius shutdown and one of the things they said was that there is no 'clear legal path' to privately operated servers, something that former World of Warcraft developer Mark Kern called them out to be false. "I don’t know where he’s getting his advice from, but from a legal perspective he’s dead wrong," said Kern. "Let’s say ‘He thinks he knows license agreements, but he doesn’t.'"

In a video directed to Blizzard Kern sat down and explained his view on the matter. With him he had, just like he promised, the printed signatures of over 230,000 people who wanted Blizzard supported legacy servers, the signatures made up of over 10,000 pages.

Blizzard earlier basically said that making legacy servers will be hard to do since they don't really know how and they aren't sure that the community would like it, an excuse Kern indirectly called them out on. Kern views legacy servers as an opportunity for WoW, not a competition to it and that it is what the community wants.

"By now, every gamer who has ever wanted to try WoW has already done so, WoW is simply so big that there are no huge swaths of untapped gamers to attract to the franchise. But, there are veterans. Millions of them. And they miss their home and their community.”

Mark Kern worked on WoW for many years, he knows the game and its fans. The latest report on WoW subscribers said numbers were around 5 million and Kern knows that it is much lower today. He wants WoW to prosper and he wants the people to experience the piece of gaming history that is the original World of Warcraft, the way it was when it first came out. Making legacy servers would bring back the veterans to play both the old and new content, according to Kern. If a fan server like Nostalrius could muster up close to 1,000,000 accounts in a year, then imagine how man players would come back to WoW if legal legacy servers were created. "Why not add another one or two million subscribers?"

On the topic of it being difficult to give private servers the legal rights to run legacy servers Kern in an interview with Escapeist Magazine brings up the fact that he was involved in the process of writing the TOS and EULA

"I also helped draft Blizzard’s TOS and EULA, so I know quite a bit about this stuff,” he added. “[Beck’s] just…wrong. I don’t know where he’s getting his advice from, but from a legal perspective he’s dead wrong. Let’s say ‘He thinks he knows license agreements, but he doesn’t.'"

Kern further said that Blizzard has already converted legacy games to be able to run on Battle.net and that he doesn't understand why Blizzard can't do the same to WoW, why it would be so hard for them

"They've done this for Diablo 2, Starcraft and Warcraft III. It's even right on their web page. So yes, I do not understand this answer from Blizzard. It makes no sense when they've done it for their other legacy games"

Who knows what Kern's subtle message to Blizzard will bring, but one thing is for sure, the legacy server debate is far from over.

World of Warcraft: Legion has an official release date

Blizzard has revealed the release date for World of Warcraft's next big expansion, Legion.

It's been a while since some good news about World of Warcraft got out, it's a nice change.

Legion was shown at BlizzCon 2015 and a beta was available for a while, but now the release date for the expansion is out, and Legion rolls out August 30, 2016, just in time for the long summer break to end for everyone in school.

Legion picks up where Warlords of Draenor left off; The Burning Legion is invading Azeroth and it's an all around not a good time for anyone. The new expansion ups the level cap to 110, adds a new class, a whole new story, and much more.

The Standard Edition will cost $50 while the Digital Deluxe edition will cost $70, the Standard will be available in both digital and physical stores and an option to upgrade to Digital Deluxe later on. A Collectors Edition will also be released with items like a hardcover art book, behind the scenes Blu-ray/ DVD, a soundtrack CD, and a Legion mouse pad.

Those who pre-purchases Legion get the following:

  • Early access to the new Demon Hunter class before the expansions release
  • A level 100 boost
  • The "Illidari Felstalker" mount
  • The "Nibbles" pet
  • A Heroes of the Storm "Felstalker" Mount
  • Starcraft II portraits
  • Diablo III wings and helm

New Warcraft movie trailer drops the bass and tons of action

On June 10th, Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures will officially release the Warcraft movie that thousands of gamers have been waiting for. Since Warcraft's release in 1994 and World of Warcraft's release in 2004, the Warcraft community has been patiently awaiting a film set in Azeroth.

Hopefully, director Duncan Jones has done the film justice – there's plenty of lore to go off of and plenty of fans to thrill or disappoint. The latest trailer for the upcoming film is packed with action and techno, because Orcs, mages, Trolls, humans, a fictional world, techno and action apparently go hand in hand.

Check out the trailer below!

Starring: Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Rob Kazinsky and Daniel Wu.

Blizzard give hope for vanilla World of Warcraft servers after Nostalrius shutdown

After Blizzard decided to shutdown the private vanilla World of Warcraft server Nostalrius there has been some rumbling in the WoW community. Blizzard has broken their silence on the server shutdown.

Many viewed private WoW servers as a harmless thing that could coexist with the full WoW game, so when Blizzard shut it down it started a whole lot of commotion.

During the shutdown the community had in-game suicide pacts and met their fate in a rain of fire. After that the Lizard Squad DDoSed all of Blizzard's games, hacked some employees and leaked their personal information in attempt to make a point. Following that, former WoW Team Lead Mark Kern said thet he would personally hand over a petition to Blizzard on creating legitimate Legacy Servers.

Finally, Blizzard has opened up to speak on this somewhat infected matter.

After the Nostalrius shutdown they have been monitoring the situation closely and have been listening to what the community really wants. They have not been ignoring the fans in this matter.

J. Allen Brack, Executive Producer and Senior Vice President at Blizzard Entertainment, took the Blizzard forums and said "Our silence on this subject definitely doesn’t reflect our level of engagement and passion around this topic. We hear you."

Brack went on to explain that they have had many and long internal discussions on the matter of vanilla servers and on how to implement them in a way that the community would enjoy. Vanilla servers would take a long time and a lot of work for Blizzard, unfortunately, the developers cannot punch a button to get a vanilla server started.

When it comes to the Nostalrius shutdown, Brack said that they did it to protect their rights. Whenever a company fails to do what it can to protect its rights the harder it will be to protect them in the future. As a company and business they had to do it.

"Failure to protect against intellectual property infringement would damage Blizzard’s rights […] while we’ve looked into the possibility – there is not a clear legal path to protect Blizzard’s IP and grant an operating license to a pirate server. "

The internal talks about vanilla servers have lead to something they call "Pristine Realms" which would be similar to what Nostalrius had. Blizzard even has a concept for these "Pristine Realms":

"In essence that would turn off all leveling acceleration including character transfers, heirloom gear, character boosts, Recruit-A-Friend bonuses, WoW Token, and access to cross realm zones, as well as group finder. We aren’t sure whether this version of a clean slate is something that would appeal to the community and it’s still an open topic of discussion."

As a further sign that Blizzard is listening to their fans is that they have been talking with "the folks who operated Nostalrius" and they are looking "forward to more conversations with them in the coming weeks". What they are talking about has not been revealed, but there still is a sliver of hope for official vanilla servers.

Brack ended by saying " We thank you for your constructive thoughts and suggestions. We are listening."

BlizzCon 2016 event details revealed

Almost every year Blizzard employees and fans congregate in the Anaheim Convention Center to celebrate all things Blizzard. This year will not be an exception, fans will have the opportunity to listen and participate in various in-depth discussion panels with developers, get hands-on play time with Blizzard's latest games, as well as watch (or participate) intense esports tournaments

This year, BlizzCon will take place on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5, 2016, once again at the Anaheim Convention Center in Southern California.

Tickets for the event will go on sale in two batches, one time on Wednesday, April 20 at 7 p.m. PT and Saturday, April 23 at 10 a.m. PT through the online event ticketing service Universe. Each ticket is priced at $199, plus applicable fees and taxes. 

If you can't attend the event, Virtual Tickets will be made available at a later date with the option to purchase a special BlizzCon Goody bag that will bring plenty of loot across various Blizzard games.

The event will likely give us a better look at the upcoming Legion expansion that will be bringing us the highly requested Demon Hunter class.