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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.

World of Warcraft : Warlords of Draenor Beta Key Sweepstakes (Week 1)

Posted Jul 04, 2014 by Craig McGregor

MMORPG.com has setup a random drawing sweepstakes to give away the next 1,000 beta keys for the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor!  From now until July 8 @ 9PM EDT you can enter for a chance to win one of these elusive keys!

NOTE: As a reward to dedicated members you will get a bonus entry ticket that will increase your odds of winning for every day you login to MMORPG.com between now and 7/8/14 @ 9PM EDT.  No more than 4 bonus tickets can be earned for a total of 5 tickets.

Good luck!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THIS SWEEPSTAKES NOW!

 

World of Warcraft : Second Key Drawing Chaos

Posted Jul 03, 2014 by Craig McGregor

Today we held our second beta key handout for World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor expansion.  Unfortunately this did not go as planned and the community being aware of our 4PM-7PM PDT event window brought our web servers to their knees. 

Just as the many users could not access our site  - we were also unable to load the keys through our normal administration interface and make a traditional news post, twitter post, etc.  The only option we had was to "poke" the keys into our database server so that we could meet the commitment we gave the community to get the keys online in that timeframe.  After we did this the 500 keys were gone in just over a minute.

We were unaware that we would see this kind of demand for these keys as we have never seen this in the past with any beta key handout event.

The good news - we still have 4,000 beta keys to issue in the month of July.  The rest of these will be issued through a weekly sweepstakes event where we will give users 72+ hours to enter the sweepstakes and we will then randomly select the winners and send them keys in the following 24-48 hours.  This is the only way that we can capacitate this kind of demand.

We are very sorry for how difficult it was for users to even try to get one of the few 500 keys we had to offer today and we hope these random sweepstakes will at least give all members a free chance to get access to this exciting beta opportunity.

World of Warcraft : Rob Pardo Leaves Blizzard

Posted Jul 03, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Blizzard is down one Chief Creative Officer with the announcement that seventeen year veteran, Rob Pardo, is leaving the company. Pardo did not cite reasons for his departure, only that he will spend the summer enjoying time with his family.

"As to what I will be doing next, I don't have an answer for you yet... but I will 'when it's ready,'" Pardo said. "My priorities are to enjoy the summer with my family, play plenty of games, and think about what's next. The game industry is such an exciting place right now with PC gaming thriving, the new consoles, mobile games, and virtual reality becoming an actual reality. It's like having an empty quest log and going into a new zone for the first time."

Source: GamesIndustry.biz

World of Warcraft : More Warlords of Draenor Beta Keys Coming Thursday

Posted Jul 02, 2014 by William Murphy

We told you'd we'd have more beta keys for World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, and we finally know when! This Thursday, July 3rd is when the next batch will hit. But when will the giveaway go live?

In the interest of giving you all a heads-up, we can give you this time window... there will be 500 keys available between 4pm and 7pm PST (7pm - 10pm EST).  For those who want to convert those times, see here

Stay tuned, and be watching the site during that window tomorrow!

World of Warcraft : Auction House Faction Lock to End in Warlords

Posted Jul 01, 2014 by Suzie Ford

According to a new 'blue tracker' post on the World of Warcraft forums, the faction-based auction house system will end with v6.0 and result in a unified auction house between Horde and Alliance.

Posted by Verrazano
Hopefully it is. It would make life a lot more bearable as minority faction on an unbalanced server.

Yes, in 6.0 auction houses are unified between factions on a given server. The benefit you cite is a major reason behind the change.

Read more in the discussion thread on the World of Warcraft forum.

World of Warcraft : More Warlords of Draenor Keys Coming Soon

Posted Jun 30, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Late last week, MMORPG.com and Blizzard partnered up to give away beta keys for the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor. The event was so successful and the keys were given away at a lightning pace that we will once again be working with Blizzard to give away even more! Keep your eyes on the site to get your beta key to get started in the new WoW expansion.

In the meantime, check out all of our coverage of World of Warcraft.

EDIT: Just an update! Blizzard has confirmed we will have the 2nd giveaway on Thursday, July 3rd!  Just in time for fireworks!  Stay tuned for when!

All Things Warcraft : Human Models, Warlords Settings, Naxxramas Dated

Posted Jun 30, 2014 by Suzie Ford

This week in ATW we look at several new player models, new Warlords settings and a more specific release window for Curse of Naxxramas.

Read more of Reza Lackey's All Things Warcraft: Human Models, Warlords Settings, Naxxramas Dated.


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World of Warcraft : Warlords of Draenor Beta Keys!

Posted Jun 28, 2014 by Craig McGregor

MMORPG.com has been given a very limited quantity of closed beta keys for the latest World of Warcraft expansion - Warlords of Draenor! Get your key while supplies last!

CLICK HERE NOW TO GET YOUR KEY!

EDIT: Fret not, we have more keys coming soon!  Keep an eye out on the homepage and social media for news on when!

World of Warcraft : Latest Artcraft Shows New Human Male

Posted Jun 25, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Alliance fans rejoice! The Humans are finally being updated. In the latest in a series of Artcraft articles, the team reveals the new look for the Human male. The blog offers few details but dishes out some tasty new screens that are sure to please. Check it out!

Welcome to another Artcraft! I’m Chris Robinson, art director on WoW, and today we’re keeping it short and sweet with a reveal of the updated male Human model. As with the previous model redesigns, our goal here was to honor the silhouette and style of the original, while increasing fidelity and fixing some of the big issues we’d identified. The male Human has long been a source of criticism from some of you for his odd proportions and face geometry. We’ve taken great care to ensure we’re not changing so much that he looks completely unlike anything you’d expect, while also correcting some of the more glaring problems. We hope you enjoy the results!

Read the full Artcraft article on the World of Warcraft community site.

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