Enlarge / We were wondering when they’d finally get around to this. (credit: Blizzard Entertainment)
Blizzard’s annual Blizzcon event in Anaheim, California, kicked off on Friday with various game-related announcements, but the most surprising one dug back into the company’s history.

Finally, fans’ requests for a major turn back of the World of Warcraft clock are coming to life in the form of World of Warcraft Classic.
“Before I get to the big news today, I want to talk about ice cream,” WoW Executive Producer J.

Allen Brack told the Blizzcon crowd. “I understand that for some of you, your favorite flavor is vanilla.”
This was a reference to “vanilla” WoW servers, which players have logged in to behind Blizzard’s official back to play earlier, pre-expansion versions of WoW.

After countless shutdowns, arguments, and meetings over the past few years, along with petitions begging the company to make a paid version of what they wanted, Blizzard is finally relenting with its own official take on the concept.
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