Blizzard on Vanilla WoW Shutdown

A Battle.net post from J. Allen Brack offers Blizzard's official response to the negative reaction to the news of the closure of the Nostalrius private "vanilla WoW" server, explaining the company's position on the situation. He explains the legal move was required to protect their intellectual property, and claims it was beyond the limitations of our legal system to do anything but shut them down: "And 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." Responding to player's desire for such a service, he explains if they "explored options for developing classic servers and none could be executed without great difficulty." This seems to ignore the possibility of somehow acquiring the project they shut down, though he doesn't completely rule this out, saying: "One other note - we’ve recently been in contact with some of the folks who operated Nostalrius. They obviously care deeply about the game, and we look forward to more conversations with them in the coming weeks."
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Drayth wrote on Apr 27, 2016, 14:25:
My favorite memories of the vanilla years was breaking into places we weren't supposed to be able to get to.

Caverns of Time was a crazy process, of jump here.. jump there.. walk over here.. drop here... When you got in there was no texture to the walls, you just saw items floating and that trippy background with the star field and nebula.

Mount Hyjal was fun too. "*[UNDER CONSTRUCTION]*"

Oh yeah, I loved that too. I went all those places, including Old Ironforge, and a few other less noteworthy ones. At one point, myself and a friend even found an exploit (using pet classes) that allowed you to make your character immune to everything. We used it to explore the ocean all the way to the edge of the accessible game world (no, developer island was not there).

Also, I know people found lots of ways to get to the unfinished area under Stomwind, but I found a way most people didn't where you could get there completely without using exploits of any kind (including wall-jumping) and it existed until they changed everything in Cataclysm.
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