The vanilla has melted.
After only five hours of activity, a new legacy server for World of Warcraft has been shut down by Blizzard.
VG24/7 reports that the creator of the Flemyst server, which launched last Friday, received an unexpected cease and desist letter from Blizzard’s lawyers.
Flemyst was set to show players World of Warcraft as it stood during the release of 2007’s Burning Crusade expansion.
This is not the first legacy server to be taken down by Blizzard, after the Nostalrius server was removed last year. However the core of Nostalrius was reused as part of the Elysium server, which remains active, and Blizzard did meet with the Nostalrius team to discuss a potential future for vanilla WoW.
Blizzard is known to often take action against such servers due to piracy concerns on older builds. However, the game company has left other private legacy servers, including Flemyst creator’s Gummy52’s Scriptcraft, to continue.
Due to Blizzard’s somewhat inconsistent approach, the takedown, while not wholly unexpected, came faster than expected and ended a four-year long development.
There is clearly a desire within the community for legacy experiences in World of Warcraft. Perhaps we’ll see more news on whether Blizzard will institute a legacy server of its own at Blizzcon, which will be held on November 3 and 4 this year.