World of Warcraft still retains a passionate player base, even though the groundbreaking MMO isn’t as popular as it was at its peak. However, there’s a subset of adventurers who would rather take a step back into the past than play the game in its current form, and now they have another avenue to do so.
Last year, World of Warcraft players flocked to a project called Nostalrius, which aimed to deliver a “vanilla” experience free from many of the changes that have been made since the game released thirteen years ago. Unfortunately, the project subsequently ran into trouble when Blizzard clamped down on its operation.
Nostalrius would later rise from the ashes, but some players were reticent to invest too much time in developing a character in case Blizzard shuts down the servers once again. However, there’s now another similar project that offers fans the chance to relive a different period of World of Warcraft history.
Felmyst is a custom server that aims to return World of Warcraft to the state it was in at the time of the release of the Burning Crusade expansion in 2007. The game was much less tailored toward casual play back then, so it’s an attractive prospect for many hardcore players — as well as anyone who has nostalgia for that era.
The project is currently in open beta, and anyone who’s interested in taking part can sign up via its official website. This might cause some legal problems further down the line, as it’s hard to believe that Blizzard would be happy about people getting free access to World of Warcraft, even if its an outdated version of the game.
Still, the studio has reiterated several times that it has no interest in launching its own version of projects like Nostalrius and Felmyst. It’s clear that Blizzard wants to keep looking to the future — but since there’s clearly a demand for this kind of experience, it remains to be seen whether that stance will stand firm going forward.
World of Warcraft is available now for the PC.