Update: April Fools’ Day – April 1, 2014
However, a real Yrel short-story may be in the works
— Micky Neilson (@MickyNeilson) April 2, 2014
I’ve been waiting quite a while for the NDA to wear off on this. I am proud to announce, in a BlizzPlanet Exclusive, the next World of Warcraft novel, World of Warcraft: Yrel: Heart of Draenor! Just as World of Warcraft: Vol’jin: Shadows of the Horde had a writer new to the Warcraft franchise behind it, so will Heart of Dreanor: the famous Tara Gilesbie!
In the press details I was given by Micky Neilson, Lead Story Developer for Blizzard Entertainment, he explained this novel will bridge the gap between Mists of Pandaria and Warlords of Draenor by giving readers a look into one of the expansion’s lead characters, Yrel. The story will chronicle Yrel’s journey from a simple priestess at Karabor, to her witnessing the formation of the Iron Horde, ultimately leading to her first encounter with the player character (done similarly in Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War).
“We are incredibly excited to be working with Ms. Gilesbie,” Micky said in regards to the upcoming novel. He also mentioned we may be seeing a forbidden romance in Yrel’s adventures which will heavily affect her role in Warlords of Draenor.
He also clarified that, following another of Shadow of the Horde‘s traditions, Heart of Draenor will be a darker and more mature fare than most Warcraft novels. Due to this, I’ve had to censor the excerpt provided later on in the article slightly for the BlizzPlanet readership.
“We’ve seen how massively popular the pairing of Jaina and Kalecgos was in Tides of War, and Thrall and Aggra presented in-game is still considered one of our best works here at Blizzard. So it was natural to have another unique and well written romance. I wont’ say who catches Yrel’s eye, but I’ll give you a hint: his dad’s the leader of the Iron Horde.”
Just imagine the conflict that’s going to come from that! It looks like Yrel won’t just be Warcraft’s Joan of Arc, but perhaps their Romeo and Julliet as well?
As for our newest Warcraft author, Tara Gilesbie is a world renowned writer who, like many in today’s age, got her start on the internet. She is best known for her novella My Immortal, a Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead-style take on the popular Harry Potter series of books; which chronicles Harry’s adventures through the eyes of a mentally challenged vampire student attending Hogwarts. Originally published for free, the full work can be read here if you want to get a taste of Gilesbie’s unique writing style before Heart of Draenor is out.
While I could not reach Tara herself, I was given this quote from her: “I m sooooo eksited to work on dis story! Fangz (geddit becuz Im Goffik) Blizzurd for givin me the change to work with u guys1”
I was also given a very short excerpt from Yrel: Heart of Draenor, detailing a scene between Yrel and her forbidden lover. As this is a spoiler, I’ll leave it under the read-more.
Blizzard Entertainment and its partners release Blizzard licensed products every year. Some of these products come in the shape of novels, eBooks, graphic novels, action figures, dioramas, statues, children’s books, and epic weapons. Did you know from Fall 2013 to Winter 2014 there are so far 41 Blizzard Licensed Products?
There isn’t an official list of recent and upcoming products. Therefore, I will share a permanent list of recent and upcoming products for which you can pre-order now and relax later knowing that you secured your copy and it will automatically be charged and delivered on release date.
Some of the products were released already, and I felt I should mention them in case you missed them. They are in stock while supplies last and shipping now.
The Fall 2013 – 2014 Blizzard Licensed Products line up is as follows: (click links to reach the pre-order page)
This is a complete list of all Blizzard Entertainment licensed products to be released throughout 2011. This list provides the official release date and a link to the landing page where you can purchase or pre-order each product.
Mar 8 – Warcraft: Shadow Wing Volume 2: Nexus Point by Richard A. Knaak and Jae-Hwan Kim
Mar 8 – StarCraft: Ghost Academy Volume 3
Mar 8 – World of Warcraft Tcg Archives Box Set
Mar 8 – World of Warcraft Tcg Worldbreaker Epic Collection Box Set
Mar 15 – World of Warcraft Tcg Assault on Icecrown Citadel 4-player Game
Mar 30 – World of Warcraft: Curse of the Worgen # 5
Apr 5 – World of Warcraft Vol. 3 (DC Comics)
Apr 12 – Starcraft II: Devils’ Due
Apr 4 – World of Warcraft Tcg Deathwing Card Sleeves
Apr 12 – Cryptozoic World of Warcraft Assault on Icecrown Citadel Treasure Pack Box
Apr 20 – World of Warcraft Cataclysm Atlas by BradyGames
Apr 25 – World of Warcraft Tcg Worldbreaker: War of the Elements pack
May 11 – World of Warcraft Series 8 Black Knight action figure
May 11 – World of Warcraft Series 8 Forsaken Priestess Confessor action figure
May 11 – World of Warcraft Series 8: Gnome Rogue: Brink Spannercrank VS. Kobold Miner: Snaggle 2-Pack
May 17 – Starcraft Vol. 1 (Paperback) (DC Comics)
March 21 – World of Warcraft Undercity Mug (Taverncraft)
March 21 – World of Warcraft Ironforge Mug (Taverncraft)
May 31 – World of Warcraft: The Shattering: Book One of Cataclysm by Christie Golden (Mass Market Paperback)
Jun 1 – World of Warcraft Premium Series 3 Garrosh Action Figure
Jun 1 – World of Warcraft Premium Series 3 Troll Hunter Figure
Jun 29 – World of Warcraft Series 8 Action Figure Set
Jun 29 – World of Warcraft Premium Series 4 Headless Horseman action figure
Jun 29 – World of Warcraft Premium Series 4 Moonkin action figure
Jul 19 – World of Warcraft: Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects by Christie Golden
Jul 19 – World of Warcraft Premium Series 4 Action Figure Set
Jul 24 – Razer StarCraft II Zerg Edition Messenger Bag
Jul 25 – Diablo 2012 Wall (calendar)
Jul 25 – StarCraft II 2012 Wall Calendar
Jul 25 – World of Warcraft 2012 Wall Calendar
Jul 25 – World of Warcraft 2012 Box/Daily (calendar)
Jul 25 – World of Warcraft 2012 Mini Calendar
Jul 25 – World of Warcraft Alliance Collectible Coin Set
Jul 29 – Starcraft (Paperback, Titan)
Sept 27 – StarCraft: Ghost–Spectres (Starcraft (Unnumbered))
Oct 11 – World of Warcraft: Wolfheart
Oct 25 – World of Warcraft Vol. 4 (DC Comics)
Oct 25 – World of Warcraft: Curse of the Worgen (Hardcover)
Dec 13 – Diablo III: Book of Cain
Dec 27 – Starcraft II: Devils’ Due (Mass Market Paperback)
Jan – STARCRAFT PREMIUM: SERIES 1: JIM RAYNOR COLLECTIBLE FIGURE
Jan – STARCRAFT PREMIUM: SERIES 1: ZERATUL COLLECTIBLE FIGURE
Feb 28 – World of Warcraft: Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects (Mass Market Paperback)
April 10 – StarCraft: Secret Missions
Untitled (World of Warcraft, Jaina Proudmoore) by Christie Golden – read more
Diablo: Sword of Justice (DC Comics, 5-issue mini-series) – read more
Untitled (Diablo, Horadrim, Deckard Cain) – read more