It is interesting that some folks are so adamantly against legacy servers as if it is somehow going to hurt them. Obviously it will not hurt them because this idea is not suggesting to remove the current WoW release and replace it with the old ones. It is about installing a few legacy servers.
The suggestion that Blizzard does not have old releases in their archives is ludicrous at best. Every software company, including gaming companies, keeps every release in their archives. It is intellectual property. They will never erase them. I am sure Blizzard still has, and will always have, even the versions they developed before the very first closed beta.
And Blizzard has enough resources to install a few legacy servers many many times over. Moreover, people will play on those servers and thus generate revenue and sustain themselves. It may even help WoW with sub numbers, since once the players on these servers hit the end of the content some of them may upgrade to the current WoW.
Clearly, these cannot be the real reason. They are nothing more than cheap excuses. Let me try to guess what the real reason might be.
According to Blizzard, there are far more people who have played WoW but have quit at some point than there are who are currently playing (they said this when the game had around 10 mil subs). Since lots of people have been expressing discontent with the direction the game has taken for years, it is safe to assume a large chunk of these people must have quit because they were not happy with the evolution of WoW.
Now imagine Blizzard installing a few Vanilla/BC servers. Even a small fraction of those who quit (there must be easily 15-20 million of them) will be enough to populate a few servers at maximum level. Add to it that some current players might switch out of curiosity or some veterans who are still around might go to them.
So, now you have a situation where a few servers with old versions of WoW sitting at the top of most populated servers list. Can you imagine what an embarrassment it will be for Blizzard ? It can be interpreted as they screwed up big time with the direction they took the game to. Not good for the careers of people at Blizzard and not good for the relations with the shareholders. And what if this forces Blizzard to change direction towards the philosophy of those times ? (Nightmare scenario for panda fans!?!?)
I think, due to the high level of desire from folks about Vanilla/BC times which stubbornly has not been going away, both Blizzard and the die hard fans fear this embarrassment will follow the installation of legacy servers. Hence the hostility that is trying to hide behind some laughable excuses!
What do you think ?
(If you are going to start calling me names and demand the moderators close this thread and ban me, please just go to the next thread.)