Eurogamer reports that Blizzard Entertainment has cracked down on an unauthorized pirate server for World of Warcraft that features the original version of the game without any expansions. The Notalrius Begins team revealed that their lawyers received a cease and desist from Blizzard Entertainment. Per the order, the Nostalrius team has less than a week to take their servers offline.
A statement from the team says, “As soon as we received this letter, we decided to inform the team and players about the future of Nostalrius, where we have all passionately committed our time and energy as volunteers.”
As a result, Nostalrius Begins PVP, Nostalrius Begins PVE, Nostalrius TBC and all of its servers will be taken down at 11:00 pm server time on April 10. The Nostalrius team will then reportedly release the source code and anonymized players data to the community so they can decides its future. This is being done so they could possibly set up their own Nostalrius version of World of Warcraft.
In a post on the Nostalrius team’s website, it reads: “[The Servers] were all about the nostalgia and memories of the glorious vanilla days. We don’t know if you truly felt like it was the glory days while playing here, but we hope that you will keep good memories of the time spent here. Once again, we can all be proud to have been part of the Nostalrius journey, no matter how much time was actually spent ‘in-game.'”
The Nostalrius server lasted for about a year and received a reported 800,00 registered accounts and 150,000 active players.