World of Warcraft artwork for Onyxia's Lair

"You think you do, but you don't" was the answer World of Warcraft players got when they asked for vanilla WoW servers last year. The codebase was simply too obscure and difficult to unravel, the original team that worked on it had moved on a long time ago, and overall the whole project was far more costly than it could ever hope to recoup. Outside of tiny little rumors here and there, these statement appeared to be the end of all classic WoW discussion - a definitive no from Blizzard themselves.

And now, out of absolutely nowhere, Blizzard has come out to announce that they are working on official World of Warcraft: Classic servers! You'll find the brief announcement video right below, and while it doesn't show any actual gameplay it will still give you one hell of a nostalgia blast! Have a look:

I would love to tell you more as I'm beyond excited myself, but I'm afraid that Blizzard hasn't shared any details just yet. They haven't even announced an estimated release date, which might mean that they have only recently begun working on WoW: Classic. As such, I would recommend not getting too hyped as we might have to wait for quite a long time.

While this has nothing to do with Blizzard's announcement, I really do hope the devs will slightly rebalance all of the original classes. I definitely want to see the same sort of playstyles, but some of the specializations were just flat out garbage back in the day, and that is something I would like to see rectified. For example, there is no reason a Druid with so many different forms should be relegated to what is essentially a healbot. The playstyle should still be available, naturally, but the other talent trees should get a bit of love as well, just to keep things interesting.

Then again, I'm sure some of you will find this to be sacrilege, which is where things get interesting. Will Blizzard implement any of the modern conveniences such as Looking For Group into WoW: Classic, or will they go for a more purist approach by copying the original 1:1. Will they go with the final patch despite it being plagued with balance issues, or will they attempt to fix it by introducing new changes? As I said, its going to be interesting to see how Blizzard reacts to these types of questions, because vanilla WoW means many different things to many different people.