Blizzard has posted the list of swag that in-person and virtual ticket patrons will receive for attending Blizzcon 2013. Each game in Blizzard's stable will have an in-game gift for players including a Murkalot pet in World of Warcraft and a special Blizzcon 2013 banner for Diablo 3.
BlizzCon goodies incoming! Whether you’re attending the show in person or watching from home with the Virtual Ticket, we’re giving out a treasure trove of awesome in-game BlizzCon bonuses this year. We’ve expanded the haul to include four different games: World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, and the upcoming Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.
Find out more on the Blizzcon site.
The World of Warcraft team announced via Twitter today that the feature film based on the iconic MMO from Blizzard Entertainment will be released in December 2015.
Now, if they would just announce the cast....
With WoW's first decade nearly complete, we begin to speculate what will come next for the fading champion of the MMO space. In today's Free Zone, we opine about a few things we think could happen. See what we think before letting us know your own thoughts in the comments.
It's SuperData's belief that WoW's total revenue for this April was $93 million. While pointing out that this is “not a bad sum”, the company says it represents a drop of 54 percent compared to $204 million only seven months earlier. Over the course of a full year, that would be more than $1.2 billion. To put this in perspective, this is right about one quarter of the $4.8 billion Activision brought in last year. What's more, we're also told that the game's player base in the eastern hemisphere has lost a substantial 1.3 million monthly active users.
Read more of Richard Aihoshi's The Free Zone: What's Next for World of Warcraft?
As World of Warcraft approaches its tenth anniversary and as Blizzcon nears, speculation has started about the next expansion. Sure to be a big one given WoW's decade of awesomeness, we have a list of things we'd like to see included. Check out our ideas and then add your own in the comments.
5. Get Rid of Tab Targeting
This would take a major overhaul to gameplay but MMOs have already moved in this direction. If World of Warcraft is doing a full ten year expansion then this should be one of the core pieces to the redesign of game play. I seriously doubt the team would do this because it would change too many mechanics, but I think it would bring WoW into this decade and make for a much better game.
Read more of Garrett Fuller's The List: 5 Wishes for WoW's 10th Anniversary Expansion.
According to Deadline.com, actor Colin Farrell has been offered one of the lead roles in the World of Warcraft feature movie that is set to begin filming after the first of the year. In addition, Paul Dano, Travis Fimmel, Anson Mount, Anton Yelchin are on the "short list" for starring roles in the film based on Blizzard's MMO.
Read more at the link above.
Now that it's been a week since the release of the 5.4 patch for World of Warcraft, it's time to share some of our thoughts and impressions before asking you to head to the comments to leave your own ideas. Check out this weeks' WoW Factor!
In past articles I have discussed the Timeless Isle and its many features. While exploring this new zone on the test realm, I rarely spent much time playing with others. Often times on the test realm players dip their toes in a new content for only a few moments to get a taste of what’s to come. Because of this it was difficult to find groups of players to adventure with for more than five minutes. Now that I have spent some time in this zone on the live realms and thus with many more players, I have a newfound excitement for this zone.
Read more of Reza Lackey's The WoW Factor: Thoughts on Patch 5.4
World of Warcraft's "Siege of Orgrimmar" update recently went live. We managed to catch up to Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street to talk about the recent update and much more. Find out what he had to say before heading to the comments to discuss your impressions.
This week we got the chance to review World of Warcraft’s new patch 5.4 The Siege of Orgrimmar with Greg Street. One of the big moves that Blizzard has done with this patch is make raids and content more available to less hardcore players using the Flexible Raid system. Greg explains how Warcraft was getting a little too hardcore and what the team did to make more content available to players.
Read more of Garrett Fuller's World of Warcraft: Foreshadowing the Next Expansion
According to player reports, queues are building in World of Warcraft with the arrival of Siege of Orgrimmar that will allow players to take on none other than Garrosh Hellscream himself. The Blizzard team has sent out a list of handy articles to read while you're waiting to get on your server.
There are many features with this patch including:
Read more at the links above.
The community management team has released a brand new World of Warcraft video to shine the spotlight on the most significant changes and features coming with tomorrow's v5.4 patch. Check it out!
The next, and one of the largest patches in a couple of years, for World of Warcraft is set to debut across all servers on Tuesday, September 10th. It is bringing some massive changes to the world, things players need to know. Check out our latest WoW Factor to find out what you need to know for 5.4. Head to the forums afterward to discuss your expectations for the patch.
If you watched the trailer for the Siege of Orgrimmar, you’re aware of how radically the Vale of Eternal Blossoms will change. As seen in the trailer, Garrosh’s Goblin dig team discovered an ancient artifact buried deep beneath the Vale, the heart of Y’shaarj, which provoked the defacement of the Vale (I recommend level 90 characters partake in the Dark Heart of Pandaria scenario if you haven’t already to participate in this discovery). When the patch goes live, the Vale of Eternal Blossoms will be renamed to the Vale of Eternal Sorrows as a majority of it has now become Sha infested. The quest achievement Eternally in the Vale is being removed along with all the related quests. However, all achievements tied to daily quests are still available.
Read more of Reza Lackey's The WoW Factor: What to Know for 5.4.
One of the most exciting features that will arrive with the next World of Warcraft patch is Timeless Isle that will introduce several new features including NO DAILIES (yay!) and same-faction PvP. In a new blog post narrated by officer and gentleman, Major Payne, Timeless Isle is described in very picturesque language that gives players an idea of what they can expect.
Seriously, the amount of land to cover and creatures to lay waste to is far too immense to even explain. I won’t even begin to tell you about Ordos and why flaming bits of him are stuck to my shield. Let’s just say I’ve made this island my—ouch! One of the yaungol’s fleas bit me and now I have an itch. Anyway, my tales tend to cause minds to melt very quickly, so I’ll leave you with this: Whispershade Hollow, Red Stone Run, the Blazing Way, the Cavern of Lost Spirits, a mysterious floating skull, and a ghostly world riddled with chests. There are countless events, encounters, smelly animals, and delicious noms for you to enjoy. SO GET MOVIN’!!
Read the full post on the World of Warcraft site.
Blizzard has announced that the next World of Warcraft patch will be released in early September. Called Siege of Orgimmar, it is a major step forward in the lore of the game as we head to the inevitable next expansion. In our latest WoW Factor, we take a look at the patch to v5.4. See how it's all developed over time and then discuss the upcoming patch in the comments.
Looking through various community sites and their forums, I seem to frequently come across posts by players who are looking to venture into Pandaria for the first time or who may be looking to return after several months away. These players sometimes comment on being overwhelmed with the amount of content that has been released since Mists shipped last September. So, this week on the WoW Factor we are going to take a retrospective look on the Mists of Pandaria expansion - a highlight reel for some of the bigger additions we have seen so far.
Read more of Reza Lackey's The WoW Factor: The Path So Far.
One of the most common complaints about any MMO for the last nine or so years has been that it's a "WoW clone", said in a snarky tone of voice to boot. In The List today, we look at five reasons why people like to pile the hate on World of Warcraft. See what we think before adding your thoughts to the comments.
World of Warcraft is still the top dog in the MMO space today. Even with subscription numbers slipping dramatically over the past two years or so, WoW still boasts "only" seven million subscribers. That's right: Seven million people paying $15.00 a month to play a nine year old game. Even in Asia where game time is purchased by the hour, the amount of income generated by WoW is staggering and could probably outpace the GNP of many small nations. There's not a publisher or developer in the business that wouldn't want to be the one to topple the Blizzard juggernaut and, while inevitably that time will come, WoW remains the most popular MMO on the planet.
Read more of Suzie Ford's The List: 5 Reasons People Love to Hate WoW.
Blizzard is getting ready for the final release of the World of Warcraft patch v5.4, Siege of Orgrimmar. To get players ready to participate in the epic battle, the team has released a brand new trailer. Check it out!
Blizzard has announced the commencement of the open beta for its new unified desktop launcher/installer. For now, players have the option to use the launcher in open beta. All game client launchers will eventually be upgraded to the unified launcher for Starcraft, Diablo and world of Warcraft.
What's this launcher update do? The new single sign-on functionality allows players to log in once to access World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, and the upcoming PC and Mac versions of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and stay logged in for up to 30 days.
Players can also install games directly through the app and, if you choose to leave the app running on your desktop, keep them up-to-date automatically even while you’re away from your computer. Please note that it’s entirely up to you whether you wish to leave the app running—you can exit it at any time, and it will automatically re-launch whenever your standard launchers would.
Read more, including a handy FAQ, on Battle.Net.
UPDATE: It is very likely that this is related to World of Warcraft and will involve the Burning Legion and Sargaras himself. Check out WoWWiki.com for more information.
Blizzard has trademarked The Dark Below and listed it as computer game software. The reference seems tailor made to either a Diablo III or World of Warcraft expansion. What do you think?
- Computer game software; Computer game software downloadable from a global computer network; Downloadable computer game software via a global computer network and wireless devices; Downloadable electronic games via the internet and wireless devices
Blizzard has also promised a big announcement and trailer to be shown at this week's Gamescom. We'll keep you posted as things develop.
Welcome back to another week of Game On: Epic Slant Press Edition! This week we’re pleased to be joined by Rob Roberts, host of the Horde House and Orange Lounge Radio Podcasts. We talk about the state of WoW from an insider’s perspective, his unbridled excitement for FFXIV, and the return of Scott Hartsman to Trion Worlds. If you enjoy the show, please consider leaving us a 5-star iTunes review!
Check it out on our Game On Podcast page.
With a new animated series based on the Pandaria region of World of Warcraft, Blizzard once again asserts its contention that story is paramount. We take a look at that today in our latest WoW Factor. Check it out before heading to the comments to chat.
Last week Blizzard started to release a series of dramatic animated shorts, The Burdens of Shaohao. Six new shorts featuring original animation, outstanding music and voice talent that chronicles the story of Shaohao, Pandaria’s last great emperor. In these shorts, Blizzard has created a wonderful supplement to the richness of the world they created with Mists of Pandaria. Not only did this expansion bring a wealth of new gameplay features but it also delivered a story much deeper than I suspect any of us ever imagined. This week in the WoW Factor we take a look at these new shorts and why story is important for our games.
Read more of Reza Lackey's The WoW Factor: The Importance of Story.
World of Warcraft site, AdriaCraft, has posted a new video of what the potential in-game store will look like. The video footage was created from gameplay experiences on the public test realm. As the team states, none of this is confirmed and will likely undergo changes prior to the release into the live game. Judge for yourself!
The forthcoming v5.4 patch for World of Warcraft is currently on the public test realm and we've got a great preview of the new zone, Timeless Isle, in today's WoW Factor. See why we think this may be a great time to hop back into WoW. Read on!
Just off the southeastern coast of the Jade Forest, a small new island has emerged from the mists - an island frozen in time where the sun hangs still in the sky and never sets. What caused the sudden appearance of this new place remains unknown but there are a few theories being tossed around by those who have recently ventured there. Perhaps it will be you who discovers its mystery.
Read more of Reza Lackey's The WoW Factor: A Look at the Timeless Isle.