If you've been on the fence about purchasing World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, you're in luck! We're giving away a copy of the latest expansion through Gleam. We'll be choosing the winner tomorrow afternoon, so time is short. Don't delay! Azeroth paid a terrible price to end the apocalyptic march of the Legion’s crusade—but even as the world’s wounds are tended, it is the shattered trust between the Alliance and Horde that may prove hardest to mend. As this age-old conflict reignites, join your allies and champion your faction’s cause—Azeroth’s future will be forged in the fires of war. You can enter to win a copy of World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth game code. … [Read more...] about We’re Giving Away a Battle for Azeroth Digital Game Code!
If you were looking forward to taking part in Warfronts when World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth launches, you may want to temper that hope. According to one of Blizzard's community managers, Warfronts will not be part of the launch experience. The game's first warfront, Battle for Stromgarde, will arrive in September. Ythisens wrote: "Similar to other types of endgame content such as raids and rated PvP, the Battle for Stromgarde will not be immediately available at launch. Instead, it’ll open a few weeks later." According to WoWHead: Inspired by the real-time strategy (RTS) origins of Warcraft III, Warfronts are a PvE activity that allows you to play the role of a lieutenant leading the charge on the group for a massive battle. With a full group of 20 allied players, you're responsible for creating outposts, securing resources, set-up supply lines, and train troops to push the assault forward and conquer the enemy stronghold. However, unlike in Warcraft III, you won't be … [Read more...] about Warfronts Will Arrive a Few Weeks After the Launch of Battle for Azeroth
A pair of interesting interviews about World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth have cropped up, one with Game Director Ion Hazzikostas and John Hight about the drama and issues around the expansion pre-event. The other is with former Blizzard developer Chris Metzen on the issue of nerd toxicity. On the issue of the controversy surrounding the Burning of Teldrassil and the community reaction: I noticed is how many people felt like the Burning of Teldrassil was supposed to be this big mystery. People expected a twist and felt like Blizzard set it up that way. Going back and watching some older developer Q&As, though, I couldn't find much evidence of that. What happened there, from your perspective? Hazzikostaks: On the internet, as this giant game of telephone to some extent, things can definitely take on a life of their own. At Blizzcon 2017, I remember Alex Afrasiabi teed up the question of who struck first: The Burning of [Teldrassil] or the assault on Lordaeron? But that was … [Read more...] about WoW’s Game Director On BfA’s Pre-Event; Metzen on Toxic Nerd Culture
The final two cinematics for the World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth pre-expansion event, The War of Thorns, have arrived with today's North American reset. In one, Jaina Proudmoore arrives at the Battle for Lordaeron and, in the other, Sylvanas Windrunner and Anduin Wrynn (and friends) have a short tete a tete. We'll let you watch to see how it all plays out. … [Read more...] about Final Pre-Event Cinematics Reveal the Fate of Undercity
In an interview at ScienceAlert.com, Creative Director Alex Afrasiabi answered several interesting questions about storytelling in World of Warcraft. The interview was conducted prior to the start of the Battle for Azeroth pre-expansion event, War of Thorns, that has, to put it mildly, kicked up a lot of emotions with players. In one forward looking statement, Afrasiabi clearly indicates that the team knew that emotions would be running high, but urges patience with the unfolding of the story. As the story of Battle For Azeroth begins, what would you like to say to players about what they should expect in the story that's starting to unfold? Afrasiabi: What I would say is… Be patient. This is a living, breathing world and a living, breathing story that is continuing to progress. A game, especially WoW, it isn't like a book where you can just devour it and get the satisfaction of learning and understanding the whole of it, right? Unfortunately for us, we have chapters broken … [Read more...] about Alex Afrasiabi on Story
The World of Warcraft community site has been updated with a look ahead at content releases coming to the Battle for Azeroth expansion. The expansion will launch worldwide on August 14th and players can start making plans for the Uldir raid, BfA PvP Season 1 and Mythic Keystone Dungeon Season 1. Here's what we know so far: Battle for Azeroth launch - August 14th Uldir Raid opens - September 4 (N / H), September 11 (M, LFR 1), September 25 (LFR 2), October 9 (LFR 3) PvP Season 1 - September 4 Mythic Keystone Dungeon Season 1 - September 4 - Mythic Keystone Dungeon seasons are something new coming with Battle for Azeroth: We’re adding a new layer to Mythic Keystone Dungeons with the introduction of Mythic Dungeon seasons that align with the latest content and rewards. As a part of Season 1, we will be introducing using a new seasonal affix—Infested—which will appear on level 10 or higher Keystones. The Infested affix reflects the extent of the … [Read more...] about Battle for Azeroth Content Release Schedule
The World of Warcraft in-game calendar has been updated with information about the release of the first Battle for Azeroth raid, Uldir. The calendar shows that the raid will open for Normal and Heroic versions on September 4th (NA - September 5th EU) and that the Mythic and LFR (wing 1 only) versions will open on September 11th. LFR Wing 2 is scheduled for September 25th and LFR Wing 3 will open on October 9th. No official Uldir raid preview has been published on the World of Warcraft site, but we know a lot about it via WoWHead: 8 bosses Famed Slayer of G'Huun title cross-realm Mythic will open once 100 guilds have completed Mythic G'Huun a mount will be rewarded for Glory of the Uldir Raider achievement new armor and weapon pieces We'll keep you posted when more information is revealed. In the meantime, head to the links above to learn more. … [Read more...] about In-Game Calendar Shows Uldir, the First BfA Raid, Will Open Starting September 4th
North American World of Warcraft players can now head into the game to take part in the first chapter of the War of Thorns, the pre-event setting up the Battle for Azeroth expansion that will launch on August 14th. The War of Thorns content will be split out over the next three weeks as the tensions escalate between Horde & Alliance. For the Alliance, the threat the Horde poses is undeniable. King Anduin Wrynn has heard from his spies in Orgrimmar that the Horde has begun to mobilize an army into Silithus . . . but he quickly learns it’s a feint by the Horde to draw away the Alliance’s defenders. Will you be too late to protect the innocent in the Horde’s path as they march toward the great tree Teldrassil<ins fontfamily-blizzard"="">? Check out the video below and the World of Warcraft community site to learn more. Have you played through this week's events? Leave us your thoughts in the comments. … [Read more...] about War of Thorns Chapter 1 Now Live on NA Servers
If you thought the World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor marketing campaign that featured a gigantic axe seemingly plunged into the roadways in Time Square was unique and different, think again. Last night, Blizzard hosted a Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide wrestling match to promote Battle for Azeroth that featured Psycho Clown and Electro Shock, each appropriately decked out in factional colors. The official advertising from Media Tiempo reads: This event will have a very special flavor, since it will be a direct confrontation between AAA and Lucha Libre Elite , who will be representing the two factions of the videogame. Under the red banner, AAA superstars like Psycho Clown, Son of the Phantom, Faby Apache and Dr. Wagner Jr. will defend the honor of the AAA and the Horde ; while, under the blue banner, LA Park, Electro Shock and Zeuxis, Golden Magic, the Traumas and several more will fight for the glory of Lucha Libre Elite and the Alliance. If you love wrestling, Lucha Libre or World … [Read more...] about Lucha LIbre Battle Pits Alliance vs Horde in Innovative Battle for Azeroth Campaign
If you thought the World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor marketing campaign that featured a gigantic axe seemingly plunged into the roadways in Time Square was unique and different, think again. Last night, Blizzard hosted a Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide wrestling match to promote Battle for Azeroth that featured Psycho Clown and Electro Shock, each appropriately decked out in factional colors. The official advertising from Media Tiempo reads: This event will have a very special flavor, since it will be a direct confrontation between AAA and Lucha Libre Elite , who will be representing the two factions of the videogame. Under the red banner, AAA superstars like Psycho Clown, Son of the Phantom, Faby Apache and Dr. Wagner Jr. will defend the honor of the AAA and the Horde ; while, under the blue banner, LA Park, Electro Shock and Zeuxis, Golden Magic, the Traumas and several more will fight for the glory of Lucha Libre Elite and the Alliance. If you love wrestling, Lucha Libre or World … [Read more...] about Remember that Big Axe in Times Square for Warlords? That Was Nothin! Check This Out
Duncan Jones directed 2016's Warcraft movie that is replete with special effects (aren't all movies these days?). Over the past day or two, Jones has been sharing a bunch of clips on Twitter. They show off behind-the-scenes action, including a troll invasion of Stormwind that was later cut from the film to shorten its duration. You can also see a bit of Karazhan and Elwynn Forest. Check out all of the clips on Duncan Jones' Twitter. Via WoWHead … [Read more...] about Duncan Jones Shows Off Behind-the-Scenes Clips from the Warcraft Movie
The World of Warcraft site has been updated with a cool new video and an announcement that the team will be on hand at Hellfest in Clisson, France from June 22nd to June 24th. The event is an open air heavy metal festival that is "one of Europe's most massive music events". The post goes on to say that the team will be bringing "renowned actor and DJ (not to mention WoW and metal music fan) Kristian Nairn" with them. HODOR! World of Warcraft and metal music will reunite once again for the 13th edition of the Hellfest open air festival! We’re excited to head back to Clisson, France from June 22-24 for one of Europe’s most massive music events, and we’ll be bringing a special guest with us. We’ll also be broadcasting five concerts live on the World of Warcraft Twitter channel, in collaboration with ARTE Concert and Hellfest Productions. So those who can’t rock out at Hellfest in person will still be able to headbang with the best of … [Read more...] about Heavy Metal & WoW Unite During Hellfest 2018 + HODOR!
The World of Warcraft community site has been updated with a brief notice to let players know that 32-bit support for WoW will be ending this summer. "The vast majority of World of Warcraft players are already running the 64-bit version of the game, and this change will allow us to focus on making the 64-bit version as stable and efficient as possible". Players will need to upgrade their operating system to 64-bit, most often for free. The memory limitations of 32-bit operating systems can impact the playability and stability of many modern games, and 64-bit operating systems have been industry standard for several years. As with past expansions, we’re making a great many technological updates to WoW with Battle for Azeroth to further enhance the game experience, and the time is right to make this change. We recommend updating to the 64-bit version of the game before July 1, 2018, to ensure your World of Warcraft gaming experience is unaffected. Source: World of Warcraft … [Read more...] about 32-Bit Support Ending This Summer
In a pair of Twitter posts, Blizzard developers have informed World of Warcraft PvP players that all current Legion Prestige Levels will be rolled into a single cumulative total in Battle for Azeroth. Prestige Levels are currently earned through participation in PvP activities in Legion. For example, if a player has five characters at Prestige Level 2, in BfA, the player's account will be Prestige Level 10. This provides a number of benefits including mounts, pets & toys. In Battle for Azeroth, all of your Prestige levels are going to merge. So if you have three characters who reached Prestige 4 in Legion, your account will be set to Prestige 12 in Battle for Azeroth. https://t.co/IPPxkvjQL3 — WarcraftDevs (@WarcraftDevs) May 2, 2018 In addition, any gear appearances unlocked by a player will become available account-wide. Yes, if you unlock an appearance that requires an account-wide Prestige level, all of your characters will get that appearance. https://t.co/oZYWqQgQ1Y … [Read more...] about Account-Wide PvP Prestige Levels From Legion Will Merge in Battle for Azeroth
In a pair of Twitter posts, Blizzard developers have informed World of Warcraft PvP players that all current Legion Prestige Levels will be rolled into a single cumulative total in Battle for Azeroth. Prestige Levels are currently earned through participation in PvP activities in Legion. For example, if a player has five characters at Prestige Level 2, in BfA, the player's account will be Prestige Level 10. This provides a number of benefits including mounts, pets & toys. In Battle for Azeroth, all of your Prestige levels are going to merge. So if you have three characters who reached Prestige 4 in Legion, your account will be set to Prestige 12 in Battle for Azeroth. https://t.co/IPPxkvjQL3 — WarcraftDevs (@WarcraftDevs) May 2, 2018 In addition, any gear appearances unlocked by a player will become available account-wide. Yes, if you unlock an appearance that requires an account-wide Prestige level, all of your characters will get that appearance. https://t.co/oZYWqQgQ1Y … [Read more...] about PvP Prestige Levels From Legion Will Merge in Battle for Azeroth
Blizzard has rolled out a new World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth build that is paving the way for the future addition of War Mode, the open world "toggle-able" PvP experience coming with the expansion. Game designer 'Phalanx' has posted some brief facts about four different aspects of War Mode, including the brand new Bounty Hunting feature. During War Mode, players will have Honor Talents enabled as they do when entering instanced PvP. Once War Mode is toggled by a player in a capital city, Honor Talents become active and remain so for the entire time the player is flagged for PvP. During PvP combat, gear will be scaled to a roughly equivalent level between combatants. If a player's gear is better than the opponent, they will still have a slight advantage, but a reasonable one. Players will earn Conquest during World PvP, a nice addition to the pool of activities where Conquest can be earned. The more opponents a player kills during War Mode, the more likely they … [Read more...] about New War Mode Details Revealed
The World of Warcraft community site has been updated with a new article to provide readers with a brief look at two of the 'Allied Races' coming with the Battle for Azeroth expansion. Both the Mag'har Orcs (Horde) and Dark Iron Dwarves (Alliance) are provided with contextual lore connecting them to each faction as well as a look at what classes each can be and what their racial traits are. For untold generations, the orc clans of Draenor battled one another in endless war. But when Gul'dan offered them the blood of his demonic masters, the disparate tribes of Mag'har—the orcish word for "uncorrupted"—refused the dark bargain and banded together to drive out the Burning Legion. United under the leadership of Grommash Hellscream, the Mag'har pledged to one day repay Azeroth's heroes for aiding their cause. As war against the Alliance intensifies, the Horde must call upon the might of the Mag'har to seize victory. Check it out on the World of Warcraft community site. … [Read more...] about Blizzard Previews Dark Iron Dwarves & Mag’har Orcs
Blizzard has unveiled the contents of the World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth physical Collector's Edition. The Collector's Edition will run $99 and includes a number of awesome items including a "Mark of Allegiance" with Horde & Alliance sides that can be displayed on an included stand. Battle for Azeroth Physical Collector's Edition - $99 Double-sides Story Book: Elegy by Christie Golden (Alliance perspective on the burning of Teldrassil) and A Good War by Robert Brooks (Horde perspective) Mark of Allegiance (see video below) CE Digital Soundtrack BfA game key (PC/Mac) BfA themed content for other Blizzard games: WoW - Horde / Alliance mount, Tottle battle pet, 110 character boost Hearthstone: Azeroth is Burning card back Heroes of the sTorm: Primal Flamesaber Mount Overwatch: Tracer Alliance / Horde banner emotes; Torbjorn For the Alliance/Horde emotes; Zandalar and Kul'Tiran icons; Anduin, Sylvanas, Jaina and Varok sprays Starcraft II: Horde / Alliance sprays … [Read more...] about Get a Peek Inside the Contents of the BfA Physical Collector’s Edition
Why bother looking for a game that brings back fond memories of more "hardcore" MMO days when you know that Ultima Online, the game that many feel is the standard for what today's MMOs should be, is going free to play? Broadsword has announced that Publish 99 will bring the F2P "Endless Journey" to Ultima Online, though there are some restrictions in place. Rest assured that there is still a subscription option available with no restrictions. Preliminary Endless Journey restrictions have been added to TC1. Use the gates at the Britain Commons to toggle EJ restrictions on and off. Restrictions must be reactivated each time a character logs in. All restrictions are in active development and subject to change. You can check out the comparison chart for subscription and Endless Journey options by visiting the Ultima Online site. Thanks for the tip, Etlar! … [Read more...] about UO Going F2P So Why Look for Old School When You Can Return to the Original?
World of Warcraft will be growing soon with the Battle for Azeroth expansion. The story’s premise marks a return to the faction war after the defeat of the Burning Legion. Horde and Alliance worked cooperatively to bring down Sargeras and his forces in Legion. However, peace is a fragile thing and tensions are mounting between the two for many reasons. After Sargera’s massive sword plunged into the heart of Azeroth itself, each side is rushing to discover what the mysterious substance is bubbling out of the ground and how it can be best put to use…or to be kept out of the hands of their opponent. advertisement Horde and Alliance, at least in theory, will be making tough choices. These may, Ion Hazzikostas said in a recent Q&A, seem morally gray, but will, in the end, be for the greater good. “Evil is a matter of perspective,” Hazzikostas said in April. “Warcraft is supposed to involve shades of gray.”It … [Read more...] about World of Warcraft