What if Blizzard Made a Warcraft-Based The Walking Dead Game

A long time ago, I wrote about this and this time I’d like to go more in-depth. Blizzard Entertainment so far has developed the following games covering multiple genres:

World of Warcraft (MMO)
StarCraft II (Real-Time Strategy/RTS)
Diablo III (Roleplaying Game/RPG)
Hearthstone (Online Collectible Card Game/CCG)
Heroes of the Storm (Team-Brawler/MOBA)

A couple of weeks ago, Blizzard Entertainment unveiled their latest video game currently in the oven… OVERWATCH. So what is Overwatch? It is a team-based multiplayer shooter. Some might think: multiplayer first-person shooter. Overwatch is very similar to Team Fortress 2, but it definitely has many differences too.

World of Warcraft 10th Anniversary

On that day, we celebrate the 10th anniversary of World of Warcraft, for many years heroes from across the world discover the mysteries of the world of Azeroth. Now with Warlords of Draenor, we are far away from the time when we first set our feets inside the depths of Blackrock.

Or the long days between Tarren Mill and Southshore to kill, over and over, foes from the other faction.

Starting today until Tuesday, January 6th we will have the opportunity to rediscover the feelings of that time!

Ten year

This weekend marks World of Warcraft’s 10th anniversary, and we’d like to thank you for exploring Azeroth with us for all these years. To help celebrate, tomorrow we’re unleashing some great anniversary-themed in-game content for you to enjoy, whether you’re taking a stroll down memory lane or experiencing some of WoW’s defining conflicts for the very first time.

To make sure everyone has plenty of opportunity to take part in the celebration—while still being able to enjoy everything Warlords of Draenor has to offer—all of the anniversary content launching tomorrow will be available until the beginning of 2015. Check out the details below—we’ll see you there!

When: Friday, November 21–Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 10 a.m. PST

Cartoon EXPO 2014 – Micky Neilson on Inside Lords of War with Blizzard Entertainment

New York Times best selling author Micky Neilson (Blizzard Entertainment publishing lead) will be Workshop panelist of “Inside Lords of War with Blizzard Entertainment” at the Cartoon EXPO on Sunday, November 23rd from 2:15pm to 3:15pm, in Hall C.

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It is kinda short notice, and Online Registration is closed, but you can still purchase tickets on-site at the event unless sold out.

There is a Digital Conference Pass 3-day ticket to watch from home for $65.

mickey-neilson-headshot**Visiting Cartoon EXPO? Workshops access can be obtained with On-Site Registration Only:

CTN 1-Day Passport: $115.00
CTN 3-Day Passport: $200.00

On-Site Registration Hours:
Thursday 1:30-8:00pm (pre-registration)
Friday 8:00am-7:00pm
Saturday 8:am-5:00pm
Sunday 8:00am-1:00pm

MICKY NEILSON is the Publishing Lead at Blizzard Entertainment, where he has worked since 1993. Micky’s game writing credits include World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Warcraft III and Lost Vikings II.

Micky is a television and movie fanatic, and with his writing partner Sam Didier, writes screenplays in his spare time (What spare time? Luckily he was able to create a fold in the time/space continuum!). Micky’s first comic book, World of Warcraft: Ashbringer, hit number two on the New York Times Bestseller list for Hardcover Graphic Novels.

Most recently, his graphic novel World of Warcraft: Pearl of Pandaria reached number three on the New York Times Bestseller List. With the support of his wife Tiffany and daughter Tatiana, Micky looks forward to continuing his adventures in the worlds of Azeroth and beyond for many years to come.

Workshop: Inside Lords of War with Blizzard Entertainment
Sponsored by: Blizzard Entertainment

Presenters:

  • Matthew Mead
  • Mickey Nelson
  • Doug Gregory
  • Laurel Austin
  • Eric Davis
  • Lucas Merino
  • Tad Lackman

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World of Warcraft Surpasses 10 Million Subscribers as Warlords of Draenor Launch Begins

Blizzard Entertainment and Activision Blizzard report that the launch of World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor has triggered a massive return of former players. Well, not exactly in those words. See, 10 million subscribers within a few days? Last time, the financial results conference call revealed there were 7 million players. That’s a boost of 3M in a matter of days.

You aren’t among those who returned to WoW after a long hiatus? Then, World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Collector’s Edition is still in-Stock. Have at thee! Hop back into the wagon for an exciting ride.

New expansion achieves day-one sell-through of more than 3.3 million copies

WORLD OF WARCRAFT® SURPASSES 10 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS AS WARLORDS OF DRAENOR™ LAUNCH BEGINS

IRVINE, Calif.—November 19, 2014—On November 13, millions of Azeroth’s champions enlisted for the war against the Iron Horde with the launch of World of Warcraft®: Warlords of Draenor, the fifth expansion to the world’s #1 subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game.* Blizzard Entertainment today announced that as of the first 24 hours of the expansion’s availability, more than 3.3 million copies had sold-through and the game’s global subscriber base had passed 10 million, with growth across all major regions.

Lore – What if WoD-Gul’dan Goes Back in Time?

Note: Despite the fact the title and some of the content within has pieces of lore, the article is meant as speculation of possibilities where the story could be taken to if WoD-Gul’dan went back in time.

 

World of Warcraft is an exciting and rich world full of lore, and history. One aspect of the world that Blizzard Entertainment has visited and revisited is Time.

One of our first introductions to Time was when Chromie asked us to help her in Andorhal during the quest titled: “A Matter of Time.” Remember the temporal parasites (carrion worms) at the Silos?

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This storyline was never revisited or updated. Chromie speculated that the Scourge was somehow altering time in Andorhal. We may assume she was wrong, and that instead it was the Infinite Dragonflight — who she didn’t know exist at that point.

Beasts of the Savage Lands – Nagrand

If you are now exploring Draenor you might going to see soon Nagrand (well, if you are not lvl 100 already). Some of the creatures of this region you have already set on are familar, even if they look more savage.
Don’t also forget that this is the place of the Warsongs, if you hear some rhythmic songs, run.

Beasts of the Savage Lands – Nagrand

The fertile fields and beautiful rolling plains of Nagrand play host to some of the most diverse species on Draenor… as well as its most menacing threats. Here sits the ogre capital of Highmaul, the valley home of the marauding Warsong orc clan, and the crash site that marks the arrival of the draenei to this world. Tread carefully!

The Pale

The Pale

When young orc shaman from around the world come of age, they make a pilgrimage to the Throne of Elements to seek the blessings of the elemental spirits. The entire journey is filled with risk, but the ceremony itself is the most dangerous time of an orc’s life. It’s not clear what happens to those who are not strong enough and succumb to terrible visions and unearthly whispers during what should be the triumph of their young life. Those orcs who fall to the otherworldly voices flee their clan and become the Pale, withered remains of their former selves, hiding from the light and babbling incoherently in dark caves. Are they truly insane, or have they actually made contact with a malevolent force? The answers may lie in the twisting caverns beneath Nagrand, where some of the largest colonies of Pale linger and speak cryptic warnings.

Press Release: World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Unleashed

Blizzard Entertainment finally launched the long-awaited savage-[SAVAGE-ie]-savage Warlords of Draenor expansion to World of Warcraft featuring the NEW Garrison, level 100 and an epic adventure into the past of Draenor. Make sure to check out our photos and video of the awesome ad campaign in New York City with the Gorehowl axe lodged on a Taxi.


Charge into battle against the Iron Horde with included level-90 character boost

IRVINE, Calif.—November 13, 2014—It’s time to take the fight to the Iron Horde on their home turf. Warlords of Draenor, the fifth expansion to Blizzard Entertainment’s acclaimed massively multiplayer online role-playing game, World of Warcraft®, is now live!

Warlords of Draenor sends Azeroth’s heroes beyond the Dark Portal on a desperate mission to save their world from the vicious Iron Horde—a formidable army of the most infamous orc clans from Warcraft’s battle-scarred history. As players explore the savage alien world of Draenor, they’ll encounter fierce new foes, befriend unlikely new allies, oversee the construction of a mighty base to withstand the orc onslaught, and forge their own legend from the raw materials of the past.

“With the 20th anniversary of Warcraft and the 10th anniversary of World of Warcraft taking place this month, now is the perfect time to re-explore the series’ roots—and to reinvent one of its greatest conflicts for a whole new generation of players,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “Warlords of Draenor contains some of the most epic and thrilling content we’ve ever created, and the included level 90 character boost makes it easier than ever for anyone to jump right into the action.”

Warlords of Draenor adds new features and a world’s worth of exciting new content for World of Warcraft players:

  • Explore a Savage World: Explore the hostile world of Draenor, home of the orc and draenei races, as it once existed, and adventure in all-new zones alongside characters central to Warcraft history.
  • Build Your Garrison: Establish and expand your own customizable stronghold on Draenor, and gather NPC followers to collect resources and embark on missions under your command.
  • Jump to Level 90: Boost one character of your choosing to be instantly ready to explore the wilds of Draenor, making it easier than ever to enjoy the latest content with your friends .*
  • Adventure to Level 100: Reach new heights of power and unlock bonuses to further enhance your abilities on your way to the new level cap of 100.
  • …And More: Take on an array of Dungeons, Raids, and Challenge Modes; seek out otherworldly pets and mounts to add to your collection; engage in exciting world PvP in Ashran—no matter what kind of content you enjoy, new challenges and rewards await.

Warlords of Draenor is available now in a digital and physical Standard Edition (SRP: $49.99 USD) as well as a Digital Deluxe Edition (SRP $69.99), which contains the following in-game bonuses for World of Warcraft and other Blizzard games:

  • World of Warcraft —Dread Raven Mount and Dread Hatchling Pet: Swoop down from the dark of night on the black-winged Dread Raven, a mortal progeny of Anzu, and devour your prey in your next Pet Battle with the adorably ferocious Dread Hatchling.
  • StarCraft® II —Warchief Portraits: Summon the strength of two of the most fearsome Iron Horde warchiefs—Grommash Hellscream and Blackhand—as you clash in the Koprulu sector in StarCraft II.
  • Diablo® III —Warsong Pennant: Brandish this battle-torn pennant on your back, and channel the rage of the Warsong Clan against the demonic forces of Sanctuary in Diablo III.
  • Hearthstone®: Heroes of Warcraft™ —Blackrock Card Back: Outfit your champion’s deck with a custom card back forged in the fires of Blackrock.

Warlords of Draenor is also available in a retail-exclusive Collector’s Edition (SRP: $89.99), which comes equipped with the digital bonus items from the Digital Deluxe Edition as well as a full-color hardcover art book, a behind-the-scenes two-disc Blu-ray/DVD set, a CD soundtrack, and a Warlords of Draenor mouse pad. Players should check their local retailer for details and availability.

All versions of the expansion come with one Level 90 Character Boost, making it easier than ever for new and returning players to experience Warlords of Draenor’s content alongside their friends and family. For more information, visit www.warlords.com.

Warlords of Draenor is available now in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Russia, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Brazil, and will be available November 18 in South Korea, mainland China, and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau.

Warlords of Draenor has received a Teen rating from the ESRB. In addition to the English version, the expansion is available fully localized into Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, European Spanish, Italian, Russian, Korean, traditional Chinese, and simplified Chinese.

With multiple games in development, Blizzard Entertainment has numerous positions currently available—visit http://jobs.blizzard.com for more information and to learn how to apply.

*Players upgrading to Warlords of Draenor from World of Warcraft Starter Edition must wait until trial restrictions are removed before character boost becomes available (may take up to 72 hours).