'World of Warcraft' developers are hoping to bring back an "authentic experience" with an all new Classic mode.
Blizzard Entertainment have revealed they are working on 'World of Warcraft Classic', a new server for the massively multiplayer online role-playing game which will bring back the vanilla experience, allowing players to experience the original version of the 2004 game before it received the multitude of expansions and updates it now boasts.
And production director John Hight has claimed there is a separate sub-team of 'World of Warcraft' veterans working on the project in order to make sure the experience is exactly how players remember it.
He said: "[It's] super exciting. We have members on the 'World of Warcraft' team that have been on the game since the very beginning. That in itself is awesome because not many people can say they worked on a game for 13, 14, and in couple cases, 20 years. Luckily enough, some of those are in key engineering areas that are super helpful for us to unravel the differences in the database and the way the game functioned back then."
And John admits that whilst the idea of a classic mode has been an "internal debate" for many years, the decision to execute the plan was made last year.
Speaking to GameSpot.com, he said: "This has been an ongoing internal debate. I'm sure that this has happened off and on throughout the years, right? But last year this reached a fever pitch, and we really had a lot of internal discussions because we want to make sure that we provide a great experience for our players. And I think our concern was gonna be our ability to execute Blizzard quality going back so many years. You don't want to ruin the experience. It has to be an authentic experience. But by the same token, people don't want some of the funky bugs that we had back then."