- For other crypts, see Crypt (disambiguation).
The purpose of the crypt was originally unknown. Players theorized they may have been playground for developers, a testing site of sorts, an unfinished instance, or something else entirely. In vanilla World of Warcraft, the area could be accessed via dying close to the gate and running through it as a ghost, but this was changed in patch 2.0.1.
Reasons for abandonment
Many players suspected that the crypt was originally never fully implemented because of the mildly disturbing content, mainly the now infamous room of upside-down sinners, would've made World of Warcraft's ESRB rating become M for Mature. On January 24th, 2014, Blizzard community manager Bashiok responded to a post inquiring to the reasons the crypt was never used and provided some insights on Blizzard's design processes back during the days of its creation, stating the reason it was abandoned was more than likely that Blizzard simply changed their minds about using it.
Why was the crypt not opened? | 2014-01-25 03:28 | Bashiok
Additionally, in a Reddit AMA in September 2018, John Staats answered a question about the intentions for the crypt. He stated that crypts were meant to be questing areas, but that it turned out they weren't needed, so they were never finished.
- Patch 7.3.0 (2017-08-29): Rest of the area opened.
- Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Subzone renamed from Crypt to Forgotten Crypt. The crypt is now partially accessible.
- ^ John Staats 2018-09-12. John Staats AMA, author of 'The World of Warcraft Diary'. “Additional quest areas. I turned out we didn't need them so I never finished them. They're only half-baked play spaces. :P”