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Blizzard Goes WarCraft
World of WarCraft, Frozen Throne showcased
The world of WarCraft just got a whole lot bigger. Gamers intrigued by Blizzard Entertainment's first massively multiplayer role-playing game are getting their first look at two new regions of the gigantic game world, as well as four of the game's many new races.
Set four years after the cataclysmic events of WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos, World of WarCraft puts players in Azeroth, a world beset with interracial tension and animosity. As the various races begin to rebuild their shattered kingdoms, new and terrifying threats arise to threaten their existence. Players must explore the lands of Azeroth, build their strength, and forge fellowships with other players in order to survive and prevail.
"In setting out to create a massively multiplayer universe, we wanted to give people the opportunity to help redefine a place they remember fondly," states Mike Morhaime, president and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment.
On the E3 floor, Blizzard is revealing two new and uncharted regions in the land of Azeroth-the Deadmines and the Monastery-that will offer gamers countless quests and rewards. Warriors, mages, shamen, and dwarves are also on public display for the first time, examples of the large number of customizable character classes in the game. Combined with the wide variety of races, they should offer PC gamers a huge range of possibilities, just as the thousands of different weapons will allow some truly unique gaming experiences.
Also located within the realm of Azeroth is Blizzard's upcoming WarCraft III expansion. WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne will provide gamers with a whole new chapter in the saga. Centered around an evil king imprisoned inside an icy glacier, this real-time-strategy add-on includes a new hero in each race, a host of additional units with new spells, a new set of multiplayer maps, and an advanced world editor that allows players to create their own campaigns, complete with cut-scenes and voice-overs. WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne is scheduled for release on PC late this summer.
-By George Jones
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