Blizzard Entertainment has released the Call of the Crusade patch 3.2 in-game cinematic video.
It’s begun. All fans have the opportunity to sign up to all BlizzCon contests to participate onstage on August 21. If you have been eagerly awaiting this, go subscribe asap while it lasts.
|You can now sign up for our on-site BlizzCon contests by visiting the BlizzCon Contest page. The Dance, Soundalike, and Costume contests will be taking place live on-stage August 21 at BlizzCon. If you wish to take part in these contests it’s important you sign up now, before the event. We’ll be emailing registered participants before the event with more information on what to do once they reach the convention center. Visit the BlizzCon Contest page to read the rules and sign up now!|
Upper Deck has announced the launch of a new World of Warcraft mini during the GenCon 2009 event. What makes me really scratch my head here is … this mini is South Seas-themed. A sign Blizzard is announcing a new expansion based on the Maelstrom and the South Seas. Can’t wait for Blizzcon to happen?
|Carlsbad, CA (August 4, 2009)
Blizzard sent out emails to fans who purchased a Blizzcon 2009 ticket a few months ago. Between August 5-7, only those who purchased a Blizzcon ticket will have the opportunity to pre-order the Blizzcon 2009 merchandise from the official Blizzard store. Read the email transcript Eldorian received earlier to check out the requirements and instructions:
Intel has announced a new Choose a Champion: Blizzcon 2009 contest where fans will have the opportunity to win one of two Asus G50Vt Laptops, some Core i7 processors and other merchandise. For the first one, you must submit who you think will be the winner of one or three of the Blizzcon tournaments. If your guesses are right, you will automatically be added to a drawing to win one of these laptops.
The other way to win some freebies is by wearing an Intel badge that will be provided at their booth. If the Intel Patrol that will wander around the floor finds you wearing this badge, you will be given a card to redeem your prize at the booth. Are you ready to raid the Intel Booth? Oh yea! … learn more details here.
Eldorian is gathering questions over at Facebook for our possible interviews with Paul Sams, Tom Chilton and Ghostcrawler—at least if we get the chance in our trip to Blizzcon and Blizzard through August 20-22.
If you have questions, please submit them. We will either forward your questions during the live Blizzcon panel Q&As or in an exclusive video interview. These can either be about patch 3.2 or 3.3. However, we will be hopping around during Blizzcon to gather questions after Blizzard has announced the new expansion and gives some details about it—so you will also be able to pop either on facebook or throuogh our live chat to submit questions on the go.
BlizzCast # 10 has been recorded and will undergo localization throughout the next days. Zarhym confirms it will be available pretty soon. You will get to learn more about the lore and design behind the Crusader’s Coliseum dungeon.
MTV interviewed Brandon Routh at the San Diego Comic Con who was promoting two of the projects he has participated in: “Dead of Night” and “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World”. Brandon reinstated his interest in playing a role in the Warcraft movie. To make things more interesting, he was wearing one of the J!NX World of Warcraft T-shirts during the video interview. Are we going to see Brandon Routh on the role of King Varian Wrynn? He better start going to the Gym to attempt to match Varian’s Conan the Barbarian muscles.
Blizzard Entertainment has started to send emails to provide a barcode to all those who purchased a Blizzcon 2009 ticket. I confirmed with Nethaera these PNMI.com emails are legitimate. That company specializes in Secure Online Registration Systems for trade shows, conferences and associations. They seem to be contracted to handle the barcode registration for Blizzcon tickets. You should double-check your Junk Mail in case this email is sent there. Beware of any emails asking you to visit a URL link and asking you to login and enter your password. These are fake.
Simply Print out your barcode, and keep it safe with you to turn in at the Anaheim Convention Center booths. If you were among the fans who won a ticket through any of the fansites contests, you must bring this barcode to the VIP booth which is usually located on the far right of the entrance.
Blizzard will release an official statement in the next few hours. Stay tuned for updates.
Recently, a fan argued against popular speculations surrounding the Blizzard Entertainment trademark: Cataclysm; and some of my articles about it. No one knows for certain what Cataclysm will turn out to be. I simply applied some of my lore knowledge into the mix to give it form as a “possible” World of Warcraft expansion.
On my first article announcing the trademark, I clearly stated that Cataclysm could be the name of Battle.net 2.0 or the platform that connects all Blizzard games’s achievements, and other data (think of Steam). Or it could be the Unannounced Game (based on a brand-new IP). It could be Warcraft IV for all we know. Diablo III: Cataclysm (since Mt. Arreat exploded creating a massive crater), or who knows what else.
I am not going to say I am infallible, because I have been wrong in the past, and will in the present and future. My duty is to offer entertainment, analyze, predict and inform based on my knowledge. Those who know me from Blizzplanet, I have reported news of most Blizzard licensed products for the past seven years. I keep contact often with Tokyopop, Pocket Books, Sideshow Collectibles, Upper Deck, DC Comics, and other companies.
I have all the Warcraft, Starcraft and Diablo novels. I am a subscriber of the WoW and Starcraft comic books. I have all the volumes of the Warcraft Legends and Starcraft: Frontline mangas. I have all the Blizzard games (minus the Arcade and GameBoy Advance ones).
My Cataclysm speculation was based on the things I have read in the novels, and what I have seen in World of Warcraft. I have been playing since closed beta 2004, and know my way around questlines. I have a lot of dots, but not all of them. Let’s be creative and attempt to put some of these dots together.
I am not saying Cataclysm is 100% the next WoW expansion, but I do have some lore knowledge that somewhat matches conveniently this particular trademark vibe.
For example, those who have read the backstory of The Sundering of the World on the official website, or read Warcraft: War of the Ancients Trilogy Archive by Richard A. Knaak know that 10,000 years ago the Well of Eternity imploded, sundering the land of Ancient Kalimdor.
This cataclysm divided its single-mass of land into three separate continents, and all the central mass became the Great Sea, with an immense marine vortex known as the Maelstrom. The Maelstrom is the former Well of Eternity, a continuous storm of chaotic arcane magic. Everyone knows the Sundering story, hopefully.
The next clue comes from Silithus, as mentioned in our recent article. Ralo’shan the Watcher said the following words: “Ancient forces stir – forces that have not been seen or felt for thousands of years. The world weeps. Perhaps a new sundering comes. A sickness born from within. The foulness has begun to seep into our lands. From the Dream come nightmares. Nightmares to befoul us in our waking hours …