Blizzard’s annual Blizzcon occasion in Anaheim, California, kicked off on Friday with numerous game-related bulletins, however essentially the most shocking one dug again into the corporate’s historical past. Lastly, followers’ requests for a serious flip again of the World of Warcraft clock are coming to life within the type of World of Warcraft Basic.
“Earlier than I get to the massive information at this time, I wish to discuss ice cream,” WoW Govt Producer J. Allen Brack instructed the Blizzcon crowd. “I perceive that for a few of you, your favourite taste is vanilla.”
This was a reference to “vanilla” WoW servers, which gamers have logged in to behind Blizzard’s official again to play earlier, pre-expansion variations of WoW. After numerous shutdowns, arguments, and meetings over the previous few years, together with petitions begging the corporate to make a paid model of what they needed, Blizzard is lastly relenting with its personal official tackle the idea.
No launch date, footage, or different gameplay particulars have but been revealed, although Blizzard could disclose extra concerning the challenge throughout numerous Blizzcon panels this weekend. As an alternative, Blizzard confirmed followers a trailer that rewound numerous cinematic clips from the sport’s expansions earlier than displaying a familiar-looking bearded dwarf strolling within the snow from the sport’s very first version.
“Followers of World of Warcraft all over the world, we hear you,” Brack instructed the gang. “I’m happy and in addition just a little bit nervous to announce the event of a basic server choice for World of Warcraft. It is a bigger endeavor than you may think, however we’re dedicated to creating an genuine, Blizzard-quality basic expertise.”
He adopted with a cheeky promise to “reproduce the basic gaming expertise, however not the precise launch expertise.” Brack talked about that Blizzard had auctioned away the sport’s unique server blades in a charity public sale years in the past, then he mentioned with amusing, “we’re most likely going to want these again.” Primarily based on what we find out about Blizzard losing original game assets up to now, we aren’t positive if he is joking.
For these much less eager to revisit the sport’s vanilla model, Blizzard additionally took the chance to disclose Battle For Azeroth, the sport’s seventh growth pack. That packs in two new continents, a brand new stage cap, and different options. Sadly, the Blizzard Basic group did not have bulletins of some other tasks within the works at Blizzcon this yr. (C’monnnnn, Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness!)