If you only remotely live in the MMO world then it was hard to miss one of the more exciting news out of the BlizzCon last November. The market leader announced that World of Warcraft Classic servers will officially happen! It’s something many players applauded because the “vanilla” version of the game is still loved by the oldschool community. While nowadays most titles, including WoW, more and more cater to the mass-market, the original version of the game was much more simplistic, grindy, and ‘hardcore’.
Actually bringing back their “old WoW” was so appealing to some that the independent scene did what Blizzard refused to. They set up private illegal servers that ran the classic version of the game. First Blizzard tried, and succeeded, to shut down some legacy projects. But they eventually came to the conclusion that enough players wanted it to pull it off themselves.
It’s Not Only World of Warcraft
The announcement is in line of what Blizzard is known for. They are great at reacting to market tendencies and then release the best product in that segment. Classic WoW is no different. It’s not only that WoW players themselves wanted back the vanilla game, the whole genre has moved in such a casual direction that ‘hardcore’ suddenly became a viable niche. Just look what Pantheon tries to do.
Would You Sign up for Neverwinter Vanilla?
The Neverwinter community is no different. Especially the guys that have been here since the start drool over the old days. Those long Castle Never and Dread Vault runs, legacy sets, unbound dungeon drops, less classes to balance, and more fun. The game of 2013/2014 is long gone and was replaced with a casual new version. Thomas Foss recently said they have since adjusted to “what the majority of players want”. And that’s apparently a very casual experience. Challenge nowadays is an unreal grind, rewards gated by RNG and not skill.
You can complain about that all you want, and opinions certainly differ, it is what it is. But that raises an interesting question: Would you sign up for Neverwinter Vanilla? Let’s ignore for a second how something like that could be monetized, or if it even makes sense (it does not). Would you play the legacy version? For a certain time? More hours than the live game? Why? What made the legacy version better (or worse)?
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