Blizzard has posted a few hysterical "S.E.L.F.I.E." pictures from the recent World of Warcraft Scavenger Hunt contest. Some of them are pretty funny such as a Human in Orgrimmar being targeted by Orc guards and a Tauren leaping from Dalaran's lofty perch.
Check out each week's winners on the World of Warcraft community site.
Taken any "S.E.L.F.I.E." pictures yourself? Let's see 'em!
Thought it seems that all things in Azeroth are quiet as we wait for news on the next expansion, that doesn't mean the IP is resting on its laurels in other media. In this week's column, we finally get a good look at the upcoming Warcraft film and take a look at other Comic Con announcements.
Read more of Reza Lackey's All Things Warcraft: Warcraft Movie First Look.
Due to recent player feedback, Blizzard has announced a series of changes to PvP rewards at Ashran and Rated Battlegrounds in World of Warcraft.
Champion's Strongboxes are rewarded to players for the weekly Ashran quest called Ashran Dominance or for weekly quest Battle Hardened that requires winning three Rated Battlegrounds. Currently players can receive Versatility boots, belts and bracers, however once the hotfix is applied, this will no longer be true and these items will only be available from the Conquest vendors.
To start, we’d like to clarify exactly what can be found inside a Champion’s Strongbox, as some (though certainly not all) players seemed to be anticipating items that they’d never have been able to get from the Strongboxes anyway:
- Strongboxes can never reward items that can be purchased with Conquest Points.
- Strongboxes can never reward cloaks, necks, or rings.
- Strongboxes can never reward items with set bonuses.
You can participate in the conversation at the World of Warcraft community forums.
Folks willing to give World of Warcraft devs a hand with testing the upcoming flying feature for Draenor will want to check out the Public Test Realm where the patch is now live.
In addition, the team revealed a new "mercenary" feature for PvP. If wait times for PvP battlegrounds and Ashran are too long, players will be able to disguise themselves as the opposing faction and fight for that side. Agents for the enemy faction will be placed in each Ashran "city" where players can choose to play as a mercenary. This seems an effort on Blizzard's part to stem the gigantic queue times, most notable on Ashran.
Read more at the links above.
Catch it while you can! Video footage from the Warcraft movie has leaked straight out of last weekend's San Diego Comic Con. The video shows Durotan and Draka, along with the rest of the Horde Orcs gathering at the Dark Portal in the hours before it opens the way to Azeroth. See what you think and let us know in the comments.
With World of Warcraft’s latest expansion, Warlords of Draenor, sitting at eight months out the gate, it is time to take a look back at WoD, now considered to be ‘feature complete’. Has Warlords added meaningful and interesting content to WoW? Is there enough to keep players going until a new expansion?
Read more of Suzie Ford's & Catherine Daro's World of Warcraft Expansion Post Mortem - Warlords Turns to Borelords.
Blizzard announced the Warcraft Chronicle series several months ago. According to pre-release information, the first volume should arrive sometime this year and will focus on the time period roughly covered by Warcraft 1 (creation of the universe through The Last Guardian). It seems as if it will be a must-read for fans. Check out the teaser video by senior vice president of story and franchise development Chris Metzen to learn more.
You can find out about pre-ordering Warcraft Chronicle Vol. 1 at Amazon or your favorite online retailer.
Games are serious business, we get it. But that doesn't mean they can't be a bit of stupid fun. With that in mind, we're starting something new today: The Quiz. A while back we tried these, but we didn't have the tech to do them right. Yes it's pointless, yes it's silly, but have a little laugh.
Stephan Frost, formerly of Carbine Studios and the WildStar team, has sent out a Twitter post that he is now the Design Producer for World of Warcraft. What that means for WoW or what the job entails will remain to be seen. We'll keep you posted!
MMORPG.com has partnered with Blizzard to give away 10 copies of The Art of World of Warcraft, a book containing some of the most essential pieces of World of Warcraft concept art and drawings from the last 10+ years. The book also includes pieces released with each Collector's Edition as well as pieces never released before by Blizzard.
All you need to do to enter is share with us (in the comments below) your favorite piece of official World of Warcraft art and tell us why you like it so much. We'll accept entries through Sunday, July 5 and announce our 10 winners on Monday, July 6.
Please only submit a single entry. Users found to have submitted multiple entries will be disqualified.
Last week marked the big Fury of Hellfire v6.2 patch to World of Warcraft. After what seemed like months of high hopes for much more and much better content, players have spent the last several days adventuring through Tanaan Jungle and checking out the usefulness of the new Shipyard. What has been the reaction? Read on to find out.
Read more of Suzie Ford's and Catherine Daro's World of Warcraft: Fury of Hellfire - Frustration, Grind & Disappointment.
Ready to take on the latest raid in World of Warcraft? It never hurts to know who the enemy is and at least a bit about the environment in which they live. Blizzard has released a brand new video to give players a sneak peek at Hellfire Citadel, the final raid in Warlords of Draenor.
Legendary will be hosting a special panel during the San Diego Comic-Con on July 11th to show off several of its upcoming films. Most notable for our readers is the inclusion of the "Warcraft" movie that is scheduled for release in 2016.
Universal has set “Warcraft,” based on the videogame series of the same name, for release on June 10, 2016. Duncan Jones is directing from a screenplay that he co-wrote with Charles Leavitt. The film stars Ben Foster, Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell and Rob Kazinsky.
With the release of the World of Warcraft v6.2, Fury of Hellfire, update, players can now begin to work on earning the Draenor Pathfinder meta-achievement which is an account-wide unlock for all player characters at level 90 and above. The most important thing to remember when working on gaining the meta-achievement is that most of these can be multi-tasked and can be completed concurrently while questing / exploring / gathering. Here then is the quick how-to of how to unlock flying mounts in Draenor.
North American players are invited to log into World of Warcraft and check out Tanaan Jungle, Hellfire Citadel, shipyards, Time Walking dungeons and the other new content added to the game with the Fury of Hellfire update.
- New Zone: Tanaan Jungle – Stop Gul’dan before his dark plans bring untold ruin!
- New Raid: Hellfire Citadel – Storm this fel-twisted bastion and take on the demonic forces of the Legion.
- New Garrison Feature: Shipyard – Command your fleet and dominate the seas of Draenor.
- New Dungeon Difficulty: Mythic – Face greater challenges . . . and earn greater rewards.
- Timewalking Dungeons – Delve into classic Wrath of the Lich King and Burning Crusade dungeons.
- New Armor, Pets, and Bonus Events – Earn epic rewards, and participate in rotating weekly activities.
Check out the patch notes on the World of Warcraft community site.
Fans of game art books and / or World of Warcraft will be happy to hear that a new volume containing artwork, concept pieces, and key developer interviews is now on sale at retailers worldwide.
Called the Art of World of Warcraft, the book is described on the Blizzard Store site as noted:
In the ten years since its inception, World of Warcraft has revolutionized the role-playing genre, creating the immense world of Azeroth and filling it with iconic characters and legendary weapons and environments. Featuring interviews with key developers and telling the complete story of the game’s evolution, this fully illustrated book vibrantly displays the renowned artwork at the heart of the franchise. Including never-before-seen art from the latest World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor, The Art of World of Warcraft contains hundreds of drawings and pieces of concept art, forming the ultimate tribute to the epic gaming franchise.
You can find out more about how to purchase your copy on the World of Warcraft / Blizzard Store page.
With the Fury of Hellfire update for World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor going live tomorrow, Blizzard has published a new Survival Guide video and Feature Overview.
Head to the link above to see the new content and features introduced in 6.2.
Blizzard has announced that World of Warcraft accounts that have not been used since December 7, 2010 will have their names entered back into the pool of available character names. The 6.2 patch is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, June 23, 2015.
If you're interested in keeping your character names, you will need to log into your account before the patch goes live on Tuesday.
Read the full post on the World of Warcraft community site.
Blizzard has laid out the schedule for the v6.2 patch and the addition of the raids in Hellfire Citadel, the next tier in World of Warcraft. Patch v6.2 will officially launch on Tuesday, June 23rd along with the Hellfire Citadel Normal and Heroic difficulties. Mythic difficulty and Raid Finder wings will open in the weeks following the patch deployment.
June 23 (with the release of Patch 6.2)
- Hellfire Citadel Normal and Heroic difficulties open.
- Mythic difficulty becomes available.
- Raid Finder Wing 1 (Hellfire Assault, Iron Reaver, Kormrok) unlocks.
- Raid Finder Wing 2 (Hellfire High Council, Kilrogg, Gorefiend) unlocks.
- Raid Finder Wing 3 (Shadow-Lord Iskar, Socrethar the Eternal, Tyrant Velhari) unlocks.
- Raid Finder Wing 4 (Fel Lord Zakuun, Xhul’horac, Mannoroth) unlocks.
- Raid Finder Wing 5 (Archimonde) unlocks.
To celebrate the announcement of 6.2's release, Blizzard sent out a brand new trailer.
Want to know more? Head to the World of Warcraft community site.
I’ll be the first to admit my skepticism about Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. First impressions can be everything in the subscription MMORPG space—almost fatally so for some. Embed the idea that a title has no future and it’s game-over. The original FFXIV was such a disaster with a plethora of well-documented and extensive faults that many predicted that even a free-to-play conversion wouldn’t save it.
Read more of Edwin Lee's World of Warcraft: Ironic Lessons WoW Can Learn from FFXIV.