Blizzard bows to fans and announces World of Warcraft Classic

For years there’s been friction between World of Warcraft players wanting access to classic, “vanilla” servers (without all those later expansions and upgrades), and Blizzard, which preferred everyone to be using newer versions of the game, thank you very much.

Well, Blizzard has relented: at the annual BlizzCon event in California, which is taking place this weekend, WoW executive producer J. Allen Brack told the crowd that classic servers are making a comeback. There’s even a trailer and everything, so we know it’s official.

“Fans of World of Warcraft around the world, we hear you,” said Brack at the event, as Ars Technica reports. “I am pleased and also a little bit nervous to announce the development of a classic server option for World of Warcraft. This is a larger endeavor than you might imagine, but we are committed to making an authentic, Blizzard-quality classic experience.”