This is the first thing about WoW that’s interested me in a while.
For me it would be purely a nostalgia trip, but also it would appease my desire to always have access to older games. It’s a bit sad that I can easily play the code-perfect version of 1983’s Ultima III, but can’t go back to how WoW was in 2005. I can dust off 1998-era Half Life or Unreal any time I want (and I frequently do), but MMOs are a different beast.
I suppose they will make some compromises in terms of game mechanics, but I’d like to see it as close as possible to the old days, warts and all. Early talent trees, no OOC rez on druids, real value to Warlocks’ water breathing skill for other party members, hunters managing arrows, rogues having to buy their poisons at that little store in Ironforge – all that wonkiness. Of course ‘the old days’ – by which I mean pre-TBC – incorporates all manner of patches and tweaks. If they left it where it was before TBC launched, with access to ZG and Ahn’Qiraj, I guess that would be good, although part of me would like to see a super-old-school server that caps at Molten Core…
Again, for me, it’s purely a nostalgia hit. They might get a month or two out of me if they do this right. I’d like to PUG Scarlet Monastery again. WITHOUT meeting stones! I know, I’m a masochist. But those kind of things were legit my best memories of WoW back in the day. If I want to play a new game, I’ll play a new game. I hope they don’t hedge too much and are willing to tailor this for people who genuinely enjoyed the game as it was in '05/'06. When a Baron run in Strat Dead was kind of a big deal, etc.
Who knows – maybe I’ll have to dust off my Chuck Norris and ‘where is Mankrik’s wife’ jokes!