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World of Warcraft : Addressing the Criticism

Posted Aug 19, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Since its announcement in November last year, World of Warcraft’s latest expansion has come under a fair share of criticism. Have players been left waiting too long for new content? Does Blizzard’s MMO still hold up after ten years at the top? Can it still hope to bring in new players as it once did?

Read more of Gareth Harmer's World of Warcraft: Addressing the Criticism.

Genese Davis : It Continues to Surprise Us Year After Year

Posted Aug 19, 2014 by Suzie Ford

“I don’t know how Blizzard does it every time, but they do it every time,” said GameSpot’s Chris Watters after the cinematic for Warlords of Draenor premiered at the Ace Theatre. The emphasis Watters had in that statement resonated with more than a thousand attendees who watched with bated breath as the event took place. I also watched breathless as the cinematic debuted. Blizzard’s cinematics have always been state-of-the-art examples to the premium quality this company strives to achieve for each of their games.

Read more of Genese Davis's World of Warcraft: It Continues to Surprise Us Year After Year.

World of Warcraft : War of the Ancients - The Well of Eternity Brought to Life

Posted Aug 18, 2014 by Suzie Ford

After four years in production and the creation of hundreds, if not thousands, of new game-based models, the team finally, on Saturday, August 16th, released War of the Ancients – The Well of Eternity, a nearly two-hour tour de force. We managed to find the doubtless exhausted leads from the project Norbert “Keytal” Szilagyi and A.W.A. “Vaanel” Oemraw to talk about the film.

Read more of Suzie Ford's World of Warcraft: War of the Ancients - The Well of Eternity Brought to Life.

World of Warcraft : Lords of War: Teaser Trailer & Episode 1, CE Detailed

Posted Aug 14, 2014 by Suzie Ford

As part of today's World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor release date announcement, Blizzard also released the first two pieces of the bridging series to introduce some of the major clans and personalities from the expansion. The first video introduces the series, the second profiles The Shattered Hand. Check them out below!

 


In addition, Blizzard has revealed the contents of the physical Warlords of Draenor Collector's Editon:

The Warlords of Draenor Collector’s Edition includes:

  •   World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor — Get the full version of Warlords of Draenor on DVD-ROM.
  • Behind-the-Scenes DVD and Blu-ray Two-Disc Set — Meet the development team behind the creation of Draenor and its savage warlords. This two-disc set includes over an hour of creators’ commentary, insider interviews, and developer roundtables.
  • Collector’s Edition Soundtrack — Immerse yourself in the sounds of war with the complete Warlords of Draenor orchestral soundtrack on CD.
  • The Art of Warlords of Draenor — Witness the visual evolution of the expansion in this beautifully bound tome of exclusive Warlord of Draenor art. Through 160 pages of concept pieces, finished illustrations, and CG images, you'll delve into the art team’s vision for a Draenor under siege by the apocalyptic threat of the Iron Horde.
  • Blackhand Mouse Pad — Arm yourself with a special-edition mouse pad emblazoned with the deadly warlord Blackhand.

Epic In-Game Content

  • World of Warcraft Dread Raven Mount and Dread Hatchling Pet — Descend from the skies on the back of a black-winged Dread Raven mount, a mortal progeny of Anzu. Then devour your prey in your next pet battle with the adorably ferocious Dread Hatchling.
  • StarCraft II Portraits — Summon the strength of two deadly Iron Horde war chiefs—Grommash Hellscream and Blackhand—as you take on the Dominion with these two StarCraft II portraits.
  • Diablo III Warsong Pennant — Don this battle-worn pennant and channel the rage of the Warsong Clan against the demonic forces of Sanctuary.
  • Hearthstone Card Back — Your adventures in Draenor will be the talk of the tavern after outfitting your champion’s deck with this custom card back forged in the fires of Blackrock.

World of Warcraft : Warlords of Draenor To Release November 13th

Posted Aug 14, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Today's World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor opening cinematic event featured the news that the expansion will officially be released on November 13th. You can check the stream log below to find out more about WoD's features, as well as get a look at the opening cinematic.

The first part of the cinematic will also be released as the event kicks off on the World of Warcraft YouTube channel.

Check out the opening cinematic below:


World of Warcraft : Blizzard to Immortalize Robin Williams In Game

Posted Aug 12, 2014 by Suzie Ford

After a passionate petition drive from World of Warcraft players to see Robin Williams immortalized in the game with a special memorial, Blizzard has responded that it is "taking care of it", potentially with a Robin Williams NPC. Robin Williams played WoW for several years and was an avid gamer. Mr. Williams died on Monday, August 11th.

Aug 12, 2014 — An amazing development has just happened, Celestalon has seen the petition and has been quoted as saying "We're taking care of it." Does this mean that in less than one day our goal has been met? Here's hoping! When more information is presented you can be sure it will be shared here. Great job guys.

Read more on the World of Warcraft "Robin Williams NPC" petition page.

World of Warcraft : Blizzard Trolls Fans in Latest Artcraft

Posted Aug 12, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The latest Artcraft developer diary for World of Warcraft has been posted. This week's entry features a look at the new Troll character models that will arrive with Warlords of Draenor. Both male and female models are included!

One of the unique challenges for the Troll models were their tusks. In the character customization options, you have the ability to select from a number of tusk “styles.” While other race models (like the Tauren) have similar customization options, the additional modeling, texturing, and animation articulation of the Troll face—and mouth especially—made this a distinctive challenge. We actually had to model the Troll with a flat lower lip; then, for each facial customization option, we went in and posed their lips to naturally wrap around each tusk option.

Check out the entire entry on the World of Warcraft site.

Bill Murphy : Fond Memories of World of Warcraft’s Early Days

Posted Aug 12, 2014 by Suzie Ford

For me, my 2004 game was World of Warcraft. I eagerly awaited both EQ2 and WoW, but after getting into the Closed Beta for the latter, my fate was sealed. Everything about those early  Azerothian days seems great in hindsight… until I remember why I quit the first time (lack of level 60 content).  But today, I thought I’d pull out one of my fondest Azerothian memories from the fall and winter of 2004, when we were all noobs slinging Chuck Norris jokes in General Chat.

Read more of Bill Murphy's Fond Memories of World of Warcraft's Early Days.


The Wicker Man burns!

World of Warcraft : New Events to Celebrate WoW's First Decade

Posted Aug 06, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Blizzard Entertainment has taken the wraps off of the first events that will usher in World of Warcraft's 10th anniversary this November. Players will be able to take part in a new PvP experience built around the classic Southshore vs Tarren Mill struggle, gain a new Core Hound mount and snag a Molten Corgi pet simply for logging into these first events.

This November marks the 10-year anniversary of World of Warcraft, and we’re cooking up a few in-game plans to commemorate the occasion. Here’s a quick preview of what’s in store:

Tarren Mill vs. Southshore: The Rematch

If you engaged in PvP early on in WoW, you might have fond memories of—and perhaps a few scars from—the endless tug-of-war between Horde and Alliance players at Tarren Mill and Southshore. To recapture that feeling, we’ll be opening a Team Deathmatch–style Battleground based on that timeless struggle. However, unlike the old days of Tarren Mill vs. Southshore, there will be a clearly defined victor, so you’ll need to work as a team or face crushing defeat.

Molten Core Gets Boosted

Molten Core provided many WoW players with their first taste of WoW raiding. For the anniversary celebration, max-level players will be able to participate in a special 40-player Raid Finder version to relive the experience of hunting down Ragnaros and his minions within his fiery lair. Downing the Firelord will earn you an Achievement and a special Core Hound mount reward (fireproof leg armor not included).

Corgi-licious

Anyone who logs in during the 10-year anniversary event will also be able to claim a feisty, fiery new pet: the Molten Corgi! Just think of the corgi-parade potential when you and your friends summon these wee waddling balls of fire for a walk.

These events and rewards will only be available for a limited time, so make sure to check back with us later for more information on when you can expect to see all of these events and goodies in-game. ‘Til then, we’re looking forward to celebrating 10 epic years with you!

Source: World of Warcraft community site

World of Warcraft : Subscriptions Drop Significantly in Latest Financial Report

Posted Aug 05, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The latest Activision Blizzard financial report has been released. The report indicates that profits are up generally but that World of Warcraft has seen a precipitous, if typical, subscription drop off, now numbering 6.8M, down from 7.6M in Quarter 1. Blizzard has attributed the reduction to a typical end of expansion lifecycle. The new report also indicates that over 1.5M copies of the Warlords of Draenor expansion have been preordered and that Diablo 3 has sold over 20M copies.

  • As of June 30, 2014, Blizzard Entertainment’s Diablo III: Reaper of Souls remained the #1 PC game in dollars in both North America and Europe and, including its expansion and digital sales, Diablo III has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide across all platforms since its release in 2012.³ Activision Announces Q2 2014 Earnings Results Page 3 of 7
  • As of June 30, 2014 , Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft remains the #1 subscription - based MMORPG , with approximately 6. 8 million subscribers . There was a decline in subscribers quarter over quarter, which was disproportionately concentrated in the East and was similar to the seasonal decline experienced during the second quarter of 2012, prior to the launch of the most recent expansion later that year.

Check out the full financial report for Activision-Blizzard.

World of Warcraft : Release Date & Cinematic Trailer to Debut on August 14th

Posted Aug 04, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The World of Warcraft community site has been updated with a notice to fans that the Warlords of Draenor opening cinematic and its exact release date will be announced on August 14th. The event will be live streamed and local Los Angeles residents can attend in person.

A storm of iron is headed Azeroth’s way—be among the first to witness its fury at the world premiere of the Warlords of Draenor cinematic! Join Blizzard’s Mike Morhaime, Chris Metzen, and World of Warcraft designers Ion Hazzikostas and Brian Holinka for the grand unveiling, streamed live from the Ace Theatre in Los Angeles. But that’s not all—we’ll also host a live interview with the WoW developers, announce the Warlords of Draenor launch date, and debut the first episode of a new animated lore mini-series: Lords of War. You won’t want to miss it!

When: Thursday, August 14 at 9:30 a.m. PDT
Where: Join us on WorldofWarcraft.com to watch the live stream, or attend** the event live at the Theatre at Ace Hotel, located at 929 South Broadway in Los Angeles. (Doors open at 8:30 a.m.)

Live Attendee Bonus: Anyone who joins us live and in person in L.A. will also receive a beta key for Warlords of Draenor.*       

*Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to get there early! Beta keys will be given out to everyone who comes down for the live event.

Source: World of Warcraft community site

World of Warcraft : Alliance Chopper Headed Into Game....For a Price

Posted Aug 01, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Due to "popular demand" the Alliance chopper built for the web series Azeroth Choppers, will be headed into World of Warcraft when Warlords of Draenor launches later this year. Unlike the winning Horde chopper which will be given free to all players logging into the game between now and September 30th, the Alliance chopper will need to be purchased from a vendor and, according to devs, will cost a "pretty hefty sum of gold".

Due to popular demand (and a few shady back-alley deals in Stormwind’s Old Town), the Alliance bike built for Azeroth Choppers will be rumbling its way to a vendor in Azeroth sometime after the launch of Warlords of Draenor. This mount will cost a pretty hefty sum of gold, however, so you might want to start saving up now if you want to ride around in style on this masterful machine.

Source: World of Warcraft community site

World of Warcraft : Steels Series Announces Special Edition Warlords Headset

Posted Jul 31, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Steel Series has announced the release of a special edition headset dedicated to the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor. To celebrate the release, the team has produced a new video to show off its features.

Find out more on the Steel Series page.


World of Warcraft : Final Warlords of Draenor Beta Sweepstakes!

Posted Jul 28, 2014 by Craig McGregor

MMORPG.com is very pleased to present this exclusive sweepstakes event! We have partnered with Blizzard Entertainment to give away 900 beta access keys for the new World of Warcraft expansion: Warlords of Draenor!  This event will run from today (July 28) through August 1 @ 9PM EDT.

As with all MMORPG.com sweepstakes, the more days you login to the site, the better your odds of winning!  In this event you earn 1 bonus ticket per day you login (5 max).

Good luck to all!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THIS SWEEPSTAKES NOW!

 

World of Warcraft : Log In to Claim Your Horde Chopper

Posted Jul 24, 2014 by Suzie Ford

At the conclusion of the World of Warcraft-based web series, "Azeroth Choppers", fans voted the Horde version of a real world chopper as the winner. According to a new post on the World of Warcraft site, players need to log in by September 30th to claim their new mount! The chopper will arrive with the Warlords of Draenor expansion later this year.

The Horde chopper is on its way, and you need to log in now to claim it!

Your votes for Azeroth Choppers were counted, and one faction’s war cry roared loudest: the Horde bike will now be turned into a mount in World of Warcraft! Anyone who logs in to the game between now and September 30, 2014 will automatically have their account flagged to receive the Horde chopper upon the release of the upcoming Warlords of Draenor expansion. Everyone can (and should!) claim their chopper by logging in now, but as a reminder, only your Horde characters will be able to mount up and take it for a ride.

Read the official post on the World of Warcraft community site.

World of Warcraft : Female Tauren "Moo"ves into Latest Artcraft

Posted Jul 24, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The female tauren is the subject of the latest World of Warcraft "Artcraft" series. The team reveals the new, updated character model. See what you think and let us know in the comments.

The original female Tauren had a lot of issues with too-angular geometry and stretched-out textures. It’s not her fault—it’s just what we had available to us at the time. Our new process has allowed us to add a lot of detail to her hair, fur, horns, and hooves, to build a far more detailed and expressive face, and to add a lot of definition to her musculature (while retaining her shape and silhouette).

Read more on the World of Warcraft community site.

 

World of Warcraft : PvP Invitational 3v3 Details Released

Posted Jul 23, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Blizzard has started to release the first information about the World of Warcraft 3v3 World Invitational that will culminate with eight of the top teams worldwide will head to Anaheim, California during Blizzcon 2014.

The North American Arena Tournament will use a double-elimination format to determine the top 3 teams. Beginning in the Nagrand Arena, each match will be played in a best-of-five format, with the losing team deciding the next map from the remaining pool of eligible maps. Each game will last until one team is eliminated or until 15 minutes have elapsed. When the dust settles, only the top 3 teams will move on to compete live at BlizzCon 2014.

Eligible countries for the North American Arena Tournament include the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Mexico, Chile, and Argentina.

Check out more on the World of Warcraft community site.

World of Warcraft : Warlords of Draenor Beta Sweepstakes - Week 3!

Posted Jul 19, 2014 by Craig McGregor

MMORPG.com is very pleased to present this exclusive sweepstakes event! We have partnered with Blizzard Entertainment to give away 1,000 beta access keys for the new World of Warcraft expansion: Warlords of Draenor!

As with all MMORPG.com sweepstakes the more days you login during the event the more chances you have to win! (one login per calendar day is counted to a max of 5)

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THIS SWEEPSTAKES!

 

World of Warcraft : Warlords of Draenor Beta Sweepstakes! (Week 2)

Posted Jul 13, 2014 by Craig McGregor

MMORPG.com is very pleased to present this exclusive sweepstakes event! We have partnered with Blizzard Entertainment to give away 1,000 beta access keys for the new World of Warcraft expansion: Warlords of Draenor!

Sweeps run time: July 13 - July 16 @ 9PM EDT

For this sweepstakes you will get a bonus entry ticket for each calendar day you login during the sweepstakes increasing your odds of winning!

Good luck!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A BETA KEY!

World of Warcraft : Artcraft & the Male Draenei

Posted Jul 11, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The latest Artcraft has been posted on the World of Warcraft site. This time, the team reveals the updated character model for the male Draenei that will arrive with the Warlords of Draenor expansion set to be released later this year.

Welcome once again to Artcraft! I’m Chris Robinson, art director of World of Warcraft. This Artcraft is another quick one, but still packed with goodies. Today we’re showing you our work on the male Draenei. The original was one of the better character models in the game, so it didn’t require a ton of translation—but with higher-resolution textures and more polygons to work with, we were able to bump up his fidelity quite a bit, as well as improve how we convey emotion through a new animation rig.

Check out Artcraft on the World of Warcraft site.

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