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Blizzard’s legal department has shut down a World of Warcraft mod that was in the early stages of development. That mod – Warcraft Tales, in development by YouTuber Michael “BellularGaming”, aimed to overhaul the presentation of World of Warcraft’s story and quests in its early level 1 – 60 zones.

In the above announcement video, Michael goes into his reasons for creating the mod. However, just two days later, Michael posted another video update, explaining that Blizzard’s “legal department does not see the project as just an addon as governed by the addon policy, rather it's seen as a third-party expansion set."


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received a follow-up quote directly from a Blizzard representative, who expanded upon the company’s reasons for shutting down Warcraft Tales:

"As we told Bellular directly, we really appreciate his passion for the game. But what it comes down to is that we need to protect the integrity and experience of the game for all of our players. WoW is very much a living world — anything that can change actual in-game content has the possibility of affecting the experience for all players on a technical side, even if they choose not to use the addon, besides materially changing the lore that binds the universe together. Fan fiction is awesome (and it takes place out of game), addons that modify the way quests are displayed are fine since they don't modify the in-game content, but addons that alter [or] replace the actual in-game content and story are not since this has far-reaching implications on the player experience."

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Michael was planning on releasing Warcraft Tales episodically, with each episode covering a new zone. While the mod would have changed the presentation and story content of those quests, it would not have changed what players needed to do to complete those quests, nor what they received as reward for doing so.

"...Addons that alter [or] replace the actual in-game content and story are not [fine] since this has far-reaching implications on the player experience"

In response to Blizzard’s actions, Michael says he is pursuing negotiations with Blizzard to figure out what capacity such a quest overhaul could legally exist in. But for now, it’s unlikely that Warcraft Tales will see release in any form.

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how do i see the movies

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Such WoW.

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We are running a giveaway for the latest WoW: Legion release here: Eurogamer.net

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www.therebirth.net is currently the most developed 1.12.1 core, striving to achieve the true vanilla experience. This means no altered rates, no custom items or anything of that sort.
Feel free to try it out, or at least say hi on the forums!

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ice_trey
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the game for the kids that cannot understand the concept of READY - AIM - FIRE lol

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Razzeld
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Well at least it dons't have a mic option so we cannot hear annoying voices :P

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Catalyst440
Catalyst440

WoW is a good game, no doubt, but i dont like how MMOs these days are all pay to play. A game should be bought at the register and then you dont have to pay anymore, the game is yours. I guess thats why im kinda ****** off about DLC, i can remember getting DLC for free, Free map packs, etc.

Anyway, if you like the MMO scene (obviously i dont really but im just putting in my 2 cents) Check out Guild wars 2 when it comes out. No subscription, so you might like the extra cash for something other. Like food. or bills. Just sayn

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