WoW Legacy Projects Nostalrius and Elysium Have Split Over Pirate Reputation

In only a couple short months, the partnership between World of Warcraft (WoW) legacy projects, Nostalrius and Elysium, has ended. After they were forced offline with a cease and desist order from Blizzard, Nostalrius started sharing its source code and user data base with Elysium. Now Nostalrius have asked Elysium to stop using their data since it’s making them look bad by association when they are trying to get official support for WoW legacy content.


Only a few Nostalrius players have switched to Elysium and now that legacy players have gotten a pirate reputation in the Wow community, Nostalrius has decided this will hurt their hope of uniting the whole community and gaining official legacy servers. The project posted their reasoning in a forum post to show that there is a bigger picture and that this is the right thing for them to do.

“We have already demonstrated that there is a true desire for Legacy WoW content, and players in need for a home. Only a few people deny the viability of legacy content. You have been an amazing community demonstrating this to the world, this step is as a consequence achieved… We know that Nostalrius carries the hopes of the legacy community but moving from ‘fan server’ to ‘pirate server’ reputation makes it harder to convince that legacy fans have a place on the WoW community. Until this stigma is removed, it’s unlikely any true progress towards official legacy content can be achieved… We ask Elysium to join this effort for Legacy realms by stopping to use data that we provided. We know they aim at official legacy realms as we do. We have already stopped the account transfer process from our side as a first step. Nostalrius community is no longer about private servers, it is about official legacy realms.”

They even apologize to the Nostalrius players who had switched to Elysium saying that they understand how stopping the data might cause them pain. Elysium responded in their own post, promising to stop using the Nostalrius core and get rid of all Nostalrius specific data. They will start using a new Anathema core, keeping all the characters, and all Nostalrius realms will be re-named to Darrowshire PvE and Anathema PvP.

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Elysium also pointed out that they had more than 30,000 players online across 4 realms simultaneously and they think the “numbers speak for themselves”. They acknowledged that some people may feel that they are pirates with shady practices, but they see it as motivation to “restore and grow passion to a game that we love.” Elysium insists that they will keep growing their Wow legacy project and prove their worth.

“We believe that our movement should remain loud and we will do what is in our power to preserve it. We believe that our players must have a home. We will keep providing this community until Blizzard announces official Legacy World of Warcraft content and provide a tangible timeline for their release… We want to abide by the game’s creators by any means we are able in order to show good will, which is why we are taking these steps. However, despite this stance, shutting down is not an option until real action is taken on their part to create Legacy servers.”

Legacy players shouldn’t worry though, since nothing should change too much thanks to the split, but Blizzard doesn’t seem to be making an effort to make official legacy servers happen. What do you think about this split in the land of Wow legacy projects? Let us know in the comment section below and make sure to follow DFTG on Twitter for all your gaming news! WoW fan? Check out these articles below!

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