play a private server they cater for the nostalgic
Not Subscribed - Would come back to Vanilla realm
Not Subscribed - Would come back to BC realm
Not Subscribed - Would come back to WOTLK realm
Not Subscribed - Would come back to CATA realm
Not Subscribed - Would not come back for any legacy realm
Subscribed - Would switch to Vanilla realm
Subscribed - Would switch to BC realm
Subscribed - Would switch to WOTLK realm
Subscribed - Would switch to CATA realm
Subscribed - Would not switch to any legacy realm
play a private server they cater for the nostalgic
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will people complain still? Sure, a few would, but nobody would care. It'd be like running an old non-supported version of a product. You're free to do so if you want, but don't expect any support.
While they've repeatedly said no, I like the idea of them, they're a good thing for the folks who'd be curious about such things. It doesn't impacting the current game in any way at all.
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Game balance would be awful. There would be even less variety in specs and characters than there is now.
And since barely any people would play on these realms, good luck finding enough people to run a 40 dungeon... At least the mechanics are face roll easy compared to today...
If there's one thing World of Warcraft players hate more than people who don't play, it's people that do play but not as much as them.
A 33-40% demand of the playerbase is quite high though... It's not surprising then that this constantly gets brought up.
And why certain private F2P Vanilla and TBC WoW servers have so many players.
I'd play a vanilla alt and a TBC alt.
they would be alts though, and my main would stay on a "current" realm.
I accepted that my golden days of Wow are behind me. I do have fond memories of Vanilla and BC, but to play on a legacy realm would be like living in the past.
However, to do lv.60 Pvp like the old days? That could be tempting to try it a little. I do miss my old Reckoning bomb spec and old AV...
Not subbed, but i would if they introduced a BC realm.
Really? It's one of these threads again, but more vague/generic? While I wouldn't say "WoW is as best as it's ever been", there's certainly alot of improvements that have been made that would of benefited past content. As it's impossible to bring all that we have now to current content, the best we can hope for is Blizzard remembering, "OH... that was a good idea, lets do that again!" which is few and far between at this point.
The game has changed a lot from expansion to expansion. Obviously if you like the the changes and think the game is improving then legacy realms aren't for you. Legacy realms are for people who think the changes have not been good and want to go back to an older version they felt was superior.
Or, to experience a time before they joined the game. I joined right when BC began and never got to do Vanilla, I would check it out just purely out of curiosity.
A lot of hardcore WoW fans might maintain accounts on EVERY realm, you could do any raid you wanted to with the originally level of difficulty.
The novelty of this would wear off within a few weeks and then everyone would be back to normal servers and blizzard would have wasted alot of dev time on such a stupid idea.
Edit: Not to mention blizzard has said that this is something that they wont be wasting time on.
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It would definitely add something for people to do when they experience downtime on their current last release realm.
Imagine having cleared a raiddungeon for the week and being able to level your TBC character to go raid Black Temple or do whatever other end-game content TBC had. (Farming elemental plateau for mats yo!)
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I think the truth is more that they don't have the playerbase or numbers to support a feature like this. Current realms already feel pretty inactive, dispersing the playerbase over even more different types of realms and gameplay would make the game appear even deader.
Challenge Modes feature scaling down to a given item level, so I propose that it would not be unrealistic to allow such scaling down to any level.
Blizzard even discussed, and hinted at the plans for a "mentoring" capability in WotLK where a player could down-level so that they can assist their friends with level appropriate content in a way that is actually far more conducive towards better play in a way that boosting is not.
The battleground scaling of pushing the stats of a player up to the top end of the bracket is not too different from levelling someone down in the same way.
Now the two core mechanism are both present in-game in some form, I would say it is very feasible to be a big upcoming feature
I had the best times in vanilla and the first two expansions but trying to get back there via legacy realms seems incredibly stupid.
I'd definitely roll an alt on a vanilla server if only for the very permanent "60 will always be maxed, this IS a best in slot that never changes" sort of thing so you could get your character to be the absolute best it could be and explore all the things removed later on all over again.
Wouldnt be my main in wow, but it would be a great side diversion to keep me subbed.
And upkeeping such server would cost minimum resources - to make data back-ups and clean from dust, that's it. Even if few players will be playing on server - it will far outweight the server upkeep. You don't even need uber servers to run preCata WoW. But time passes, decent private servers are more and more refined, so people would rather be interested in server code to have identical servers rather than pay for what they already have access to, what they reconstructed by their own hands and having access to free of charge Especially with technology' progress, when maintaining servers and databases becomes more and more efficient.
Edit: I misread poll options: make it -1 to last poll option >.<
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I'm not even going to read all the other replies, I voted subscription and not moving to any "legacy" realm.
First of all, it's a waste of time and resources that could be better spend on future stuff.
Second of all; In my opinion the game evolved and shows how poorly it was done in the past.
People will get bored of it after a few months just from the lack of progression and ofcourse - rose coloured glasses are rose coloured.