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  • My EQLive Ranger was a bloodied elf, but I guess Blizzard is talking about a different kind of Blood Elf

    Blizzard's official site coverage of the just-announced World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade features pics, information on new epic weapons, crafting and enchanting updates, and of course the introduction of the Blood Elves race for the Horde and the raising of the level cap to 70.

    • New Player Races: New allies will join the game, expanding the story line and allowing players to develop powerful new characters within the world.

    • Higher Level Limit: The game’s level cap is being raised to 70, and every new level will offer meaningful spell, ability, and talent upgrades for each character class.
    • New Lands and Battlegrounds: Explore the magical realms of the Blood Elves, journey through the Dark Portal into untamed Outland, and visit dungeons and battlefields previously inaccessible to players.
    • Flying Mounts: In Outland, players will gain access to unique airborne mounts that will allow for smoother travel over some of that region’s more hazardous terrain.
    • Jewelcrafting, Socketable Items, and More: Crafters will be pleased to know that the expansion adds an all-new profession to the game: Jewelcrafting. With Jewelcrafting comes the advent of socketable items in World of Warcraft, which will give players additional variety in how they can customize their gear. In addition, existing professions will be enhanced to take advantage of the increased character-level limit.
    • New Quests, New Monsters, and New Challenges: As the boundaries of World of Warcraft are stretched farther than ever before, there will be exciting new quests for players to undertake and new monsters to confront. And with greater challenges come greater rewards….

    Read the World of Warcraft expansion press release, enjoy official BlizzCon coverage, or bask in the new World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade expansion site.

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    Features, Previews
    Mon, Oct 31, 2005
    Ethec
  • More burning questions crusade around us.
    AtomicMPC has posted a World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade preview mentioning among other things, auction houses in every city.

    " It's safe to say after that Blizzard is on the right track with its first expansion to World of Warcraft, one of the most popular massively multiplayer online role-playing games. Attendees were shown a preview of the game at the inaugural BlizzCon, a celebration of Blizzard's games. "

    You can read entire World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Preview at AtomicMPC.
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    Features, Previews
    Mon, Oct 31, 2005
    Boomjack
  • A quick look at The Burning Crusade, without the religious fervour and piles of burning lumber.
    1UP has posted a preview of the World of Warcraft expansion, The Burning Crusade. The preview focuses on the new Horde race, the Blood Elves. Now all the men hiding their female side can play a more attractive female character. There is your Halloween scare.

    " The first thing you notice about Sunstrider Isle is that it feels a lot like an Alliance town. There's lots of foliage and animals and green and blue and so on, unlike Horde starting areas which are liberally covered with black and brown. Also, because BlizzCon is the only place to check out the expansion, there were a ton of blood elf characters -- so much that in any quest that involves killing things, the time it takes for a creature to respawn is longer than usual due to everyone else killing the same creatures you're going after. The gameworld was set to night time, which made Sunstider Isle look a bit like the Night Elf regions (and not as color crazy as the screenshots in our news story earlier today), but, just as the Horde finally has a "hot female" race to play as, it now has a picturesque little zone to hang out in as well. "

    You can read entire World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Preview at 1UP.
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    Features, Previews
    Mon, Oct 31, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Slash and burn.
    Slashdot asked its viewers to submit their pointed questions for World of Warcraft. You can pick the questions, but unfortunately you can't pick your answers (or who answers your questions on the other side of the internet at times). Suffice it to say, CmdrTaco was none too pleased with Blizzard's response:

    " A little over a month ago we asked you for your questions to send on to the World of Warcraft development team. Unfortunately, it appears that these questions were misrouted to the Blizzard PR department. Any "Answers" you read here are completely devoid of real information or insight, and instead read like press releases and FAQ-style form replies. As I am a huge fan of this game, I was really disappointed by this. We promised to print their answers, so here they are. "

    The World of Warcraft Qs and As, mostly on the order of "what do i do with my uber level 60 if I don't like raids?", are found on Slashdot.

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    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Sep 26, 2005
    Ethec
  • 4 million subscribers just can't be all wrong...
    Shawn Carnes, Blizzard Game Developer, speaks to subscriber retention and sheds light on Blizzard's vision for World of Warcraft. Apparently, the new trend is toward MMOG localization rather than content expansion. But can WoW continue to please its current 9-monthers without an expansion for another whole year while adapting the game for the Koreans? After all, a year in gamer years is like a century. Also, will Korea have a new race modeled after Vin Diesel?

    "Grimwell: With WoW as a clear success, an expansion is a no-brainer to follow up on the success. What are the plans for this?



    Shawn: An expansion is planned, not in 2005, possibly in late 2006 barring unforeseen chaos. Work is already going on for the expansion, and it's going good. What to look for? Blizzard is good at polishing what we do well. The WoW expansion will be like other game expansions in that there will be new characters, items, spells, etc. but it will have the Blizzard twist. "

    Read the World of Warcraft Interview at GamerGod, then hone your WoW talents (no pun intended) at wow.tentonhammer.com!
     

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Aug 30, 2005
    Ethec
  • WoW is Wow.
    CVG has posted a World of Warcraft interview featuring Shane Dabiri and discussing the "WoW Factor". Tom Cruise confused WoW for War of the Worlds and demanded his own interview. When asked about his relationship with Katie Holmes he replied:

    "Last evening we caught our pet cat playing World of Warcraft. As the most evil character in the game - Night Elf Rogue - he was fairing okay at level five although was getting a little confused when we kept telling him we'd assigned auto-run to the pause key (they're ALL paws keys to a cat see - geddit?). But it's testament to the massive, wide-spread penetration (yes, in our increasing effort to get slightly more risqué, we actually said 'PENETRATION') that Blizzard's MMORPG has achieved, with player numbers rocketing into the stratosphere. "

    You can read the entire World of Warcraft Interview at CVG.
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    Features, Interviews
    Fri, Aug 26, 2005
    Boomjack
  • The Arathi Basin Makes Handwashing Fun.
    Blizzard has posted a preview page covering the upcoming Arathi Basin Battleground instance. Crop circles in Russian wheat fields spelled out the following message:

    " Arathi Basin, located in Arathi Valley, is a fast and exciting Battleground. The Basin itself is rich with resources and coveted by both the Horde and the Alliance. The Forsaken Defilers and the League of Arathor have arrived at Arathi Basin to wage war over these natural resources and claim them on behalf of their respective sides. "

    You can read the entire World of Warcraft - Arathi Basin Preview at The Official Site.

    Features, Previews
    Fri, Aug 12, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Detroit Red Wings, nah...it's the year of the Black Wing.
    WoW Guru has posted a preview of Blackwing Lair for World of Warcraft fans to drool over. A little bird with black wings told us that they wrote this:

    "Below is a preview of some items as well as the layout of the new Blackwing Lair. The content has not yet been released and could be changed before it is."

    You can read the entire Blackwing Lair Preview at WoW Guru.

    Features, Previews
    Wed, Jul 06, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Two million subscribers and one interview.
    WorldofWar.net has an interview with the Blizzard development and it's all about, you guessed it, World of Warcraft. They may have written this:

    "Are there any plans at Blizzard to create more individual avatar styles than there are available now?  Could changes like new hairstyles, tattoos, scarring or equipment dye be worked into the current art and code?"

    You can read the entire World of Warcraft Interview at WorldofWar.net.

    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Jun 20, 2005
    Boomjack
  • An interview and advertisement in one.
    Creative Labs interviewed Blizzard's Shane Dabiri about the sounds of World of Warcraft. It's possible that they wrote this:

    "Our goal was to create an epic aural experience. With the world so vast, detailed, and beautiful, it was the sound team's job to make sure the audio matched what the players were seeing on screen. By creating rich ambient loops and having beautiful composed symphonic music, we believe that goal was achieved."

    You can read the entire World of Warcraft Interview at Creative Labs.

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Jun 14, 2005
    Boomjack
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