Felmyst, as Kotaku UK explained in the end of June, was a World of Warcraft legacy server developed to bring back the game since it was throughout the days on the Burning Crusade. Perform around the project “spanned years behind closed doors,” its web-site stated, to “produce a comprehensive and satisfying World of Warcraft experience” that was correct to 2004. And it sounds like it was performing a quite fantastic job of it: “Tough, but kind of nice” devoid of all the refinements of modern day WoW(Wow Power Leveling), as the web-site place it.
But Blizzard has taken a rather harsh stance against unofficial servers lately, as we’ve noticed in episodes like the Nostalrius/Elysium kerfuffle, and that is also been the outcome right here: On the identical day that it moved from beta testing to full release, as outlined by Ars Technica, Felmyst creator Gummy52 took it offline following the receipt of a cease-and-desist letter from Blizzard.
Gummy52 acknowledged inside a message that’s now occupying felmyst.com that the letter didn’t come as a total surprise. “I began this project roughly four years ago and last year when Blizzard started taking action more seriously it weighed heavily on me as not only was I currently heavily invested into the operate but other individuals about me were also. For the reason that of my well being predicament I wasn’t in a position to reduce losses and get wow items started more than on some thing diverse, no less than not anything that would take four years to produce,” he wrote. “Last year’s news of what Blizzard was doing came at the absolute worst time for me, frankly, with so many years currently invested.”
That “health scenario,” he explained, is muscular dystrophy, which he has until now kept practically entirely to himself. “That is why I am not in a position to choose up and move to yet another country as an option means to host the server since I’m not seriously capable to live on my own,” he continued. “That is also the purpose I’ve been able to function largely complete time on this project as I’m unemployed, although I have sacrificed considerably of my nicely becoming dedicating everything I’ve to this.”
On the list of causes he gambled on Felmyst is the fact that he ran one more private WoW server five years ago known as ScriptCraft, which “was rather popular for its time,” he said within a separate Reddit post. “I’m not bragging, I’m just saying that as far as finding Blizzard’s interest goes, it was up there. That project did not acquire a C&D. So in that regard my plan was to try and be no additional well known than Scriptcraft was.”
Gummy mentioned he’s giving thought to releasing the Felmyst source code, but beyond that he isn’t gearing up to fight city hall. “If our providers contacted me on their personal and said, ‘Hey, we don’t like that stuff being hosted right here, take it down,’ then I’d choose a different host, most likely in Europe,” he wrote. “Blizzard’s attorney contacting me, in person no less, is a distinctive story. Here we are and there’s nothing I can do.”