Update (July 11) — The front cover has been revealed.
Update (January 23) — The book description for World of Warcraft: Exploring Azeroth: The Eastern Kingdoms is now available, but my previous gut feeling is starting to take shape with a new bit of information: the book author. Gentlemen and Ladies… this book is written by New York Times best seller author; and current Blizzard Entertainment Senior writer Christie Golden.
Now that’s major eye-popping news. It is much easier to take a guess at its content and structure from the point of view of Blizzard’s two-decade book writer.
January 16, 2020
Blizzard Entertainment is publishing a brand-new book under the Blizzard Legends label that might probably be a mix of concept art and in-depth history about each of the zones of the Eastern Kingdoms.
Pre-orders are now open. The title of this new book is: World of Warcraft: Exploring Azeroth: The Eastern Kingdoms.
If true, this is a very different way of doing concept art books. Past Blizzard Games’ Art Books have been themed around a specific expansion, or around encompassing the history of Warcraft as a whole (spanning several expansions).
But publishing an exploration art book focused on the Eastern Kingdoms?
That just plain opens the door wide for — and hints at — more books coming out for individual continents such as:
- World of Warcraft: Exploring Azeroth: Kalimdor
- World of Warcraft: Exploring Azeroth: Northrend
- World of Warcraft: Exploring Azeroth: Pandaria
- World of Warcraft: Exploring Azeroth: Broken Isles
- World of Warcraft: Exploring Azeroth: Argus
- World of Warcraft: Exploring Azeroth: Draenor
World of Warcraft: Exploring Azeroth: The Eastern Kingdoms
For over a quarter of a century, players of Warcraft and World of Warcraft have been treated to a treasure trove of artifacts, gear, weaponry, and trinkets of both awe and amusement.
Now players can get an in-depth look at the items they have collected… and some they might not have just yet. With exquisite art and a framing story involving the no-nonsense Matthias Shaw and high-spirited Captain Flynn Fairwind, this book covers the continent of the Eastern Kingdom, from Stormwind to Stranglethorn, plaguelands to palaces, and all the lands in between.
Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Release Date: October 20, 2020