Fighting the Good Fight: A look at 6.2, World of Warcraft’s present state, and what the future may hold [SPOILERS ABOUND!]

A sickly green mars the formerly star-crossed skies of Draenor. A planet that once housed an indescribable primordial beauty now finds itself besieged to an extent never before witnessed. Savage, free beasts that used to roam this alien planet’s expansive lands find themselves twisted into malformed shadows of their former visage. Indigenous trees that could previously sweep you up in their widespread presence now burn as fuel for the Fel. On top of all this, the throne of command and power formerly possessed by Draenor’s original usurpers, the Iron Horde, has become uprooted, deformed, and guided by new management.

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This mental image of oncoming destruction is something we hopefully have to look forward to sooner rather than later. Welcome to 6.2, the upcoming content patch for World of Warcraft and an update that holds more weight than just being another patch to tally up with all the rest. Gul’dan has wrought control of the once mighty Iron Horde, morphing them into the Fel monstrosities he had always envisioned as their fate. In seizing control of Draenor’s formerly largest threat, Gul’dan has ushered onto the would-be Outlands, a fate far worse than anything the Iron Horde could’ve ever accomplished. By Gul’dan’s hand, the Burning Legion in full force has finally arrived on Draenor. Their way of entry and base of operations lays across the former seat of power for the Iron Horde: Tanaan Jungle. With 6.2, the end may be nigh for Draenor not just in a story sense, but a content perspective as well.

Under Color: Sketchbook Vol. 1 by Glenn Rane

Under Color: Sketchbook Vol. 1 by Glenn RaneGlenn Rane is taking pre-orders of his upcoming book titled “Under Color: Sketchbook Vol. 1“. The sketchbook contains never-seen-before full-color sketches meant for the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game.

I bet Glenn Rane fans will very much appreciate this exclusive sketchbook. The front cover alone gives you an idea of the awesomeness one may find within. Pre-order Under Color: Sketchbook Vol. 1 by Glenn Rane.

Under Color: Sketchbook Vol. 1 by Glenn Rane

A compilation of previously unpublished drawings and sketches from Glenn’s work on the World of Warcraft TCG, bound into a beautiful limited edition book. Contains 24 front-and-back full color pages, including a special page for a convention sketch.

A must-have for any Blizzard art fan!

This item is currently on pre-order and is scheduled to ship at the beginning of April 2015.

World of Warcraft Deathwing Polystone Statue

The Sideshow Collectibles World of Warcraft Deathwing Polystone Statue is available for pre-order at $599.99. The statue is slated to ship on the 3rd Quarter 2015 (between July – September). This is a terrific statue with a wingspan of 30-inches (2.5 feet) and translucent wings.

World of Warcraft Deathwing Polystone Statue

World of Warcraft Deathwing Polystone Statue

“…All will burn beneath the shadow of my wings.”

Celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the epic video game sensation World of Warcraft, Sideshow Collectibles and the Blizzard Cinematics team are proud to present the officially licensed Deathwing Statue.

After years of waiting in the shadows, Deathwing the Destroyer makes a dramatic return to Azeroth in the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm expansion. Brought to life in a brilliant collaboration between the Sideshow Design and Development and Blizzard Cinematics teams, Deathwing rises up over the towers of Stormwind City in a dynamic pose inspired by the game’s cinematic intro. Ready to wreak havoc on his enemies below, every detail of the magnificent monstrosity is captured with expertly sculpted detail and a rich paint application, including tremendous wings with translucent effects, and rivulets of fiery magma beneath scorched scales. With a wingspan reaching over 30 inches, this epic polystone statue is the ultimate must-have for Warcraft fans and collectors!

Product Details

License: World of Warcraft
Scale: Polystone Statue
Manufacturer: Sideshow Collectibles

Product Size: 25.5″ H (647.7mm) x 30″ W (762mm) x 24″ L (609.6mm)*
Product Weight: 30.00 lbs (13.61 kg)*

Product Sku: 200207
UPC: 747720218512

Artists:

Blizzard (Design)
Jorge Blanco of Viggiano Studios (Design, Sculpt)
Brian Fay (Sculpt)
Rick Cantu (Paint)
Anthony Mestas (Paint)
The Sideshow Collectibles Design and Development Team

© 2015 Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. All rights reserved.

Item shown is a prototype. When shipped, the final production piece may differ in appearance.

 

World Of Warcraft: Chronicle Series by Dark Horse Comics

Blizzard Entertainment and Dark Horse have partnered to launch a multi-book series collecting the history of the Warcraft universe. The new book series is titled World of Warcraft: Chronicle (Vol. 1) and pre-orders have already begun.

World of Warcraft: Chronicle is shipping to bookstores on November 17, 2015. (Source: Matt Burns)

World of Warcraft: Chronicle

World Of Warcraft: Chronicle SeriesNew Series to Detail World of Warcraft’s Mythology

Hot on the heels of Blizzard Entertainment’s eighth BlizzCon® gaming convention, Dark Horse Comics is proud to announce a multi-volume series detailing the history of the Warcraft® universe: World of Warcraft®: Chronicle.

World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 is a journey through an age of myth and legend, a time long before the Horde and the Alliance came to be. This definitive tome of Warcraft history reveals untold stories about the birth of the cosmos, the rise of ancient empires, and the forces that shaped the world of Azeroth and its people.

“We often get questions from players who want to know more about the origins of the Warcraft universe, and the rise and fall of their favorite characters” said Paul Sams, chief operating officer of Blizzard Entertainment. “This new series digs deeply into all of that—we can’t wait for players to read it.”

This beautiful hardcover book features over twenty full-page illustrations by World of Warcraft artist Peter Lee and marks the first in a multipart series exploring the Warcraft universe; from the distant past to the modern era.

“This is an amazing project that will be absolutely irresistible to the legion of Warcraft fans. The people at Blizzard have been great to work with and we are extremely happy and proud to be working with them,” added Dark Horse President Mike Richardson.

World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 is on sale November 4, 2015 in comic shops and November 17 in bookstores! Preorder your copy today!

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Series: World of Warcraft
Hardcover
Publisher: Dark Horse Books (November 17, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616558458
ISBN-13: 978-1616558451

 

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).