Posts Tagged ‘World of Warcraft’

He Was The Lore: Blizzard’s Chris Metzen Retires

Blizzard lorelord Chris Metzen (‘senior vice president of story and franchise development’, if you want to be technical) has handed in his badge and his loregiver (his keyboard, obvs) and taken The Long Walk into The Cursed Earth (idk, Reddit?). After nearly 23 years of laying down the lore and voicing characters from Thrall to the good ol’ Terran Battlecruiser, Metzen last night announced his retirement. He’s off to spend time with his family, see.

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WoW Lead Designer Rob Pardo Opens Bonfire Studios

Former Blizzard designer Rob Pardo, who worked on games from StarCraft: Brood War through World of Warcraft and beyond, has announced his new gig. Together with some pals, most of whom also used to work at Blizzard, he’s started Bonfire Studios. They’re partially funded by League of Legends devs Riot Games, among others.

“Our purpose is to build friendships by creating legendary game experiences that bring players closer together, united in a sense of adventure, exploration and fellowship,” they say. They aren’t working on a specific game yet, which is handy as I don’t know if I have time for more friends right now and will need to ditch some first.

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Wot I Think: World of Warcraft: Legion

Some grudge matches are worth waiting for. Ever since World of Warcraft [official site] launched, one of the biggest threats hanging over its head has been the return of the interdimensional demon army The Burning Legion. A force of pure chaos. An army capable of conquering a multiverse. Undefeated, except on Azeroth, but with even those victories planting the seeds of great threats like the rise of the Lich King, Arthas, and the tormented Illidan Stormrage. Now, they’re back. Bigger. Stronger. Angrier.

And campaign-wise, this is the best expansion Blizzard has ever made.

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World Of Warcraft: Legion Sold 3.3 Million At Launch

It’s interesting to follow the fate of World of Warcraft [official site]. It’s the MMORPG which made MMORPGs mainstream, the MMO which accidentally stunted ’em by inspiring so many homogenising imitators, and one of the few which has managed to hold onto a subscription model (heck, even EVE Online is getting a free option). So how’s WoW doing? Pretty well! In their traditional post-expansion boast, Blizzard say Legion has sold over 3.3 million copies (or so they think) and seen player numbers (by one measure) at their highest since the launch of 2010’s expansion Catalysm.

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WoW: Legion Launches App, Teases 7.1 Content Update

World of Warcraft: Legion [official site] launched last week and oh! here comes the expansion’s little pal, chasing behind wagging its cybertail. Blizzard last night launched Legion’s companion app for pocket telephones, which mostly lets you fiddle with the ‘Order Hall’ class clubhouse stuff. Like AbyssRium but with burly soldiers instead of coral and jellyfish, I imagine? Blizzard have also shown off a little of what’ll be coming to Legion in patch 7.1, with a little video showing off content like a return to Karazhan. Have a gander:

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The RPG Scrollbars: Artbooks Of Adventure

I’m a big fan of artbooks, which is quite lucky since not only are there plenty of them around right now, the quality of them has never been better. Forget the scrappy little affairs that used to be used to bolster out the Collector’s Editions of games, much as concept art used to fill in for interesting secrets to unlock. Today’s artbooks are typically huge, prestigious affairs, that come hardbound and printed on excellent quality paper. You might not put them on your coffee table, but they certainly look great on the shelf. This week, I thought we’d take a look at a few of the RPG ones that have found their way to mine – not all the recent ones by any stretch, but a few.

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Battlefield 1 Beta Brought Down By DDoS Attack

The beta of Battlefield 1 [official site] was shut down on its first day by a group pummeling EA’s servers with a denial of service attack. And if you hopped off to play some Overwatch or WoW instead, you might have encountered an identical problem, because the same group has been attacking Blizzard’s servers as well. It is as if a dozen gaming forums losing millions of passwords recently in a separate hack was not bad enough.

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Hell’s Bells! World Of Warcraft: Legion Launches

Demons? Again? Already? I swear, it’s not even a decade since neon green last swept The World of World of Warcraft. Fashion moves at such a pace there! No wonder everyone’s always grinding for new pauldrons: they’re trying to keep up in a world of violent fashionistas. Anyway, point is: World of Warcraft: Legion [official site], the sixth expansion to Blizzard’s fantasy MMORPG, is now live. Try pairing a dark top with chaosfire-green leggings and, in honour of the expansion’s new Demon Hunter class, finish the look off with a ratty blindfold. There! Ooh you’ll be the talk of the Broken Isles.

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WoW: Gul’Dan Stars In First Legion Animated Short

Gul'Dan

World Of Warcraft’s Legion expansion [official site] is nearly upon us and as part of the build-up Blizzard have released Harbingers: The Story Of Gul’dan. It’s an animated short offering up a bit of info on the early life of the fel-loving orc warlock:

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World Of Warcraft: Legion Pre-Expansion Patch Now Live

World of Warcraft: Legion [official site] won’t launch until August 30th but the demonic hordes are already making their move upon Azeroth. The traditional WoW pre-expansion patch is now live, implementing a fair chunk of the expansion’s big changes. Lots of classes are reworked, draw distances are increased, the transmogrification system is massively improved so you don’t need to stash loads of old items, equalised stats in PvP means you don’t need flash gear, and plenty more is changed.

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2016’s Most Promising RPGs

We’re almost half-way through the year, and it’s not been a bad one. The finale of The Witcher 3. Dark Souls III, for those players who consider it an RPG. A couple of late-arrivals, like Dragon’s Dogma. But as the nights again start to draw darker, what’s up next? Here’s some of the big quests still promised for 2016. As ever, don’t be too surprised to see a few more jump from A to B.

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World Of Warcraft: Legion Will Start To Leak In August

The World Of Warcraft [official site] blog is talking about the upcoming Legion pre-patch. As a non-player the update info tends not to grab me particularly (unless it’s about Illidan and looks like a pro wrestling intro) but I do like the talk of the pre-expension patch where the new content starts to seep into the world and set the scene for the expansion.

It’s a transition period that I don’t really get with the games I play. Those are more about dumping in a bunch of changes via a patch and players needing to unpick them. They’re not story-based or world-altering.

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Shhhhh! World Of Warcraft Silencing Abusive Players

The internet can be a brutal place and, if you pay any attention to the chat window in your favorite MMORPG, well, you’re likely to see some nasty stuff. There’s enough trouble in the real world that having to deal with chat and channel abuse is maybe just too much, you know? Voice chat is my personal hell. I almost never use it. I refuse to be yelled at. It’s just not right. For those of us who are sick of listening to that noise, and in attempt to make the gaming world friendlier for everyone, the new silence penalty coming soon to World of Warcraft [official site] might bring some solace.

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The RPG Scrollbars: Azeroth’s Ragequit Referendum

Dateline: Year 634 by the King’s Calendar. Azeroth’s political woes go from bad to worse as the continent of Kalimdor continues its push for official separation from the Eastern Kingdoms. “Our citizens grow weary of being mixed in with some grand political empire that increasingly does nothing for them,” complains Troll leader Hyjal Farage. “With this vote, we will prove our independence once and for all. Mon.”

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Blizzard’s Battle.net Authenticator Goes One-Button

Blizzard’s Battle.net Mobile Authenticator app is now less of a faff, simply showing “Approve” and “Deny” buttons for authorising logins. Previously, it’d generate a code folks would need to type out while logging in to play Overwatch, StarCraft II, and whatnot. It’s a tiny change but removing any faff from security procedures is always good. If you already use the authenticator, hooray for less faff! If you don’t use it because you don’t like faffing about, mate, come on, how much simpler can it get?

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Vanilla WoW Dreams: Blizzard Met Nostalrius

Blizzard have met and discussed running reviving older versions of World of Warcraft with folks who ran a popular pirate/private/unofficial ‘vanilla’ server, and… it went fine? Blizzard haven’t e.g. imprisoned them within a barrow for all eternity, at least. But, as expected, the meeting hasn’t lead to Blizzard vowing to bring back vanilla WoW or anything like that. Still, it is nice that Blizzard haven’t e.g. entombed their corpses in sunken ruins near a vast magical whirlpool. They can be very dramatic sometimes.

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Blizzard: WoW, Overwatch, HotS And More Getting Facebook Login And Livestream Options

Blizzard have announced that players will be able to use their Facebook login for Blizzard’s PC games starting later in June. Blizzard and Facebook have an ongoing collaboration but this will be the first time players can use their Facebook accounts to sign up or sign in to games like World of Warcraft and Overwatch.

Additionally, the companies will be adding the ability for players to use Facebook’s native streaming technology to livestream their sessions to their Facebook timelines.

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The RPG Scrollbars: Warcraft

The Warcraft movie hasn’t exactly been drowning in plaudits after its premiere… to which I wasn’t invited, so I’m typing this in a Frankie and Benny’s immediately after my local cinema’s first non-midnight screening because hahahaha, no. That’s how devoted I am to timeliness: a bit! But, as a long-time player of World of Warcraft who actually plays for stuff like the story and the PvE content, I still held out hope. If it simply wasn’t for others, as the mood seemed, might it be for me?

Answers as soon as I order this burger. Bacon, lettuce, no cheese…

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