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).

 

Last Day to get Free Shipping on World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Collector’s Edition

Update (Nov 13) 8am: Got an email with a tracking code. Warlords of Draenor Collector’s Edition has been shipped to me early in the morning of Nov 13th, and it is scheduled to arrive today during launch date. Congrats to those who listened to me. You secured your copy. Check your email for the tracking code.

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Today is the last day to get free shipping on World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Collector’s Edition. What? You didn’t know? Trout-slaps! Take a look at the calendar, dude. Warlords goes live tomorrow 11/13.

…and almost certainly the last chance you might have to get it ordered online before the wave of disappointed fans who arrive to their local shops to find out there is no Collector’s Edition if you didn’t reserve a copy in person or by phone in advance starts flooding eBay and online stores depleting copies further. (pants heavily. Long convoluted sentence.)

Talks the voice of experience. In New York City’s Best Buy and Gamestop Union Square, I attempted to purchase copies of the Heart of the Swarm and Reaper of Souls CEs for giveaways with no success. I always pre-order online my personal copies, and always get them delivered to my doorstep. Heed the voice of reason and grab your copy while you can.

Christie Golden Signing War Crimes at Comic Con Experience in Brazil

christie-golden-100x100Galera Record and Blizzard Entertainment have partnered to bring New York Times best selling author Christie Golden to Brazil’s Comic Con Experience through December 4-7. Tickets can be purchased at www.ccxp.com.br

Christie Golden will sign copies for the launch of World of Warcraft: War Crimes in portuguese. Galera Record plans to launch Dawn of the Aspects later this year.

Location: Imigrantes Exhibition & Convention Center – Rodovia dos Imigrantes, Km 1,5 – São Paulo/SP

Funko Launches 2014 World of Warcraft POP Vinyl Figure Series

Funko has finally launched the new line of Funko World of Warcraft Pop! Vinyl Figures including Thrall, Lady Sylvanas, Deathwing and a Murloc. The figures measure 3 3/4-inches tall.

Follow the links to order yours while supplies last. Hot off the truck and shipping now!

“Your favorite MMORPG characters get the Pop! Vinyl treatment! This World of Warcraft Lady Sylvanas Pop! Vinyl Figure features the Queen of the Forsaken and leader of the undead as a stylized Pop! Vinyl figure. Measuring 3 3/4-inches tall, this fantastic figure is a must-have for fans of the World of Warcraft video game.”

Grab the World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Collector’s Edition While They Last

With the expansion release date in the horizon, this upcoming November 13, players are rushing last minute to get ahold of the World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Collector’s Edition. It is still available while supplies last. Grab yours ASAP. Free Shipping!

Buy on your area:

Don’t let the notion that you may get one on release date fool you. I have covered launch events in New York City. Unless you are camping the line 3-4 hours before the doors open, or reserve a copy in advance before going, you ain’t getting one.

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Petition for Blizzard Creative Team: We Want M04r Novels and Comics

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Back in 2008, Blizzard Entertainment issued a voice over casting call for a new Jim Raynor. Blizzplanet spear-headed a petition online to rally fans in order to ask Blizzard Entertainment to reprise Robert Clotworthy once more into the role of Jim Raynor. Fans were passionate about this, and Robert was called to service the community. We thank Chris Metzen, Micky Neilson and everyone involved in Voice casting for listening.

It is 2014, and a new cause is worthy of your calling to voice your opinion, wants and needs. It is been a long time since we saw activity on new novels, comics and mangas. So far we have had War Crimes (May 2014) and Vol’jin: Shadows of the Horde (July 2013) and Dawn of the Aspects (November 2013). So far for Warlords of Draenor on the print media all we have is War Crimes as an intro, but nothing can be seen in the horizon for whatever we will face in in-game storylines.

We need novels, comics, mangas based on the game itself (in addition to the tie-in intro). The novels shouldn’t be exclusively a mechanic to sell the game. These should also be to expand the lore and to flesh out what we experience within the game itself as a medium.

You enjoyed reading about the bombing of Theramore in Tides of War (Aug 2012) and then living the experience in-game in the scenario. The game and the novel were masterfully part of each other. We need more of that with Warlords of Draenor, and future expansions.

Tie-in novels are good to introduce how and why the expansion is happening before it happens, but we also need a follow up, and to learn more in-depth some of the storylines and situations happening within the game. The game gives you some general details in the quest text, but a novel, a manga, or a graphic novel can do much more to expand that in-game story.

Instead of seeing one or two novels per expansion, we should be seeing 4-6 novels. Why is this medium not expanded to its potential? Why only one exclusive-writer? I love Christie Golden. I want more novels from her. Let’s have Richard A. Knaak, Nate Kenyon, and other authors pumping novels, comics, short stories, mangas.

If something isn’t selling, let’s change the dynamics and marketing rather than stopping the printers. I do know that Blizzard Creative has something in the oven, but it doesn’t seem to be enough or fast enough. No info has come in a long time. No panels at New York Comic Con since 2012. San Diego Comic Con was devoid of any novels or comics based on any of the three franchises. Signs that there is something wrong. We don’t know what that is, but we won’t let unknowns dictate our wants and needs.

Participate in the petition to Blizzard Entertainment … M04r Cowbell, M04r Novels, M04r Comics! (<-- follow the link)

PETITION

Petition to Blizzard Entertainment … M04r Cowbell, M04r Novels, M04r Comics!

As fans of Blizzard Entertainment, we have enjoyed reading novels and comics books based on Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo for many years.

We describe it as “crave” when we anxiously wait for any sign of an upcoming new novel or comics after visiting Amazon or other outlets .

Once targeted with our minds, we wait every single month, and every single day for that product to arrive at our doorstep or at the closest library to sate our hunger for lore.

NOVELS

Recently, the latest novels haven’t made it into the New York Times Best Selling list, and that’s unfortunate; but we are still a horde of lore fans wanting m04r and willing to trade our gold for it.

Blizzard and their partners Simon & Schuster, Inc.’s Pocket Star/Gallery Books used to have novels of all franchises lined up for us. Nowadays, we see San Diego Comic Con and New York Comic Con with barely any presence of novel line-ups.

It is all coming out as digital short stories on the website, or animated shorts like Shao-Hao or Lords of War. Or the Blackhand comics. Those are welcome — make no mistake. However, these should be complementary to our reading experience, not a replacement. Doesn’t mean it has been on purpose.

Another quasi-complaint about novels is — why publish a novel as a tie-in only when there is a new expansion coming? We, the readers, welcome any sort of lore material based on past games, or other periods of time of interest that could be fleshed out. Even recent events in-game could be fleshed out to give more depth. One example was Curse of Worgen, which showed you word by word some of what you experienced in-game, and you could also see what happened behind-the-scenes while you were executing those missions.

COMICS

Those of us who ventured into the World of Warcraft Comics loved the crave feeling. I would check my mailbox every month for the next issue, or go to Comixology to buy my digital version.

Out of the blue, Wildstorm was dissolved, and the World of Warcraft Comics was published under the DC Comics logo. Shortly after DC addressed all non-DC products as Graphic Novels — and our Horde series and Alliance series was no more. Instead, they published Dark Riders and Bloodsworn. The stories were ok, but only one arc and it wasn’t ongoing. Graphic Novels are welcome, but these can never replace the monthly experience. They are a complement. An in-between treat.

With all the DC administrative and marketing changes, some essence was lost. Chris Metzen & Flint Dille have had a great ride at IDW Publishing with the Transformers. I think IDW could be the new home for Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo on a monthly basis, and with Graphic Novels.

Don’t just write “agreed” or “signed”. Pour your feelings in. Answer these questions with as many words as possible.

PETITION

As a community, we have the strength to make things happen. All it takes is to share your voice. We want more novels. We want more ongoing Comics series. We want more Graphic Novels. We want to check Amazon every month and see lots of products on queue. We want the excitement of waiting for those. We need a bigger Creative Team to handle those. Share this petition with your family, with your friends, with your forum communities, with your Reddit communities, your Facebook followers, your Twitter followers. Spread the word. Share the word. Share your thoughts with Blizzard.

1. What have previous novels and comics done for you and what do you thought about them?

2. Why do you want the Blizzard Creative Team to write more novels and comics?

3. What would you love to see from Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo on novels, comics, and manga?