Blizzard Entertainment, the makers of the popular Diablo, StarCraft, and Warcraft franchises received a lot of heat over the past week after it sent a cease and desist letter to popular World of Warcraft Vanilla Server, Nostalrius.
Vanilla servers are, at least until now, third-party run fan servers based on the classic World of Warcraft game before a decade of expansions and updates changed gameplay considerably.
After over 250,000 people signed a petition requesting that Blizzard reverse its decision, Blizzard released a statement that its reasoning was simply to protect its intellectual property and not to discourage players that preferred the classic World of Warcraft experience.
It also outlined a potential plan to create “pristine servers” which take away accelerated leveling, character transfers, heirloom gear, and other advantages that had been added to Warcraft since its original release.
Since then, Blizzard has agreed to meet with several of the individuals behind Nostalrius in an effort to come up with an officially-supported solution that appeased fans of the classic game without risking a loss of Blizzard’s intellectual property.