ATI Catalyst 6.1 Released!

ATI Technologies has released the latest Catalyst version 6.1—which addresses some World of Warcraft issues.  Download the video card driver Here.  Read the Patch Notes.

  • World of Warcraft: Rotating or zooming within the Blackwing Lair or Seering George level of the game no longer results in a VPR Recover occurring after approximately a few minutes of game play. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21265

Ahn’Qiraj Gates: More Than Meets the Eyes?

It seems the Opening of the Gates of Ahn’Qiraj event is far more than fans realized.  According to Caydiem—Community Manager of World of Warcraft—something will happen in various locations of Azeroth around the same time the gates are opened.  No one knows for sure, but this seems to be some sort of World Event similar to that happened at the end of Open Beta where all towns and cities were attacked by waves of mobs.  This is speculation, but judge yourself by reading the message below.

Caydiem: “We’re aware that many realm communities are becoming excited as the War Effort nears completion. Several players, wanting to see the event, have created alternate characters on the realms closest to completion and have trekked out to Silithus in order to bear witness. While we respect your enthusiasm, we do need to take steps in order to allow the realm communities who have worked for this completion to be able to enjoy the fruits of their labors.

As such, we are temporarily shutting down character creation on Medivh and Mannoroth. If you have characters there already, you will be able to create new ones without a problem, but those without characters will not be able to create new avatars on these realms until the event is complete. We may implement additional measures as the situation warrants. This should hopefully cut down on the latency experienced by large crowds and allow the industrious communities of these two realms to experience the opening of the gates.

Keep in mind, also, that there’s more to see than just Silithus when the event unfolds—there’s no need to gather all in one place. Keep your eyes and ears out for events around the world!”

Blizzard Entertainment Worldwide Invitational 2006

Blizzard is proud to announce that our second Worldwide Invitational will be held next month in Seoul, Korea on February 3-5. The Worldwide Invitational will be home to an invite-only StarCraft tournament as well as the Warcraft III Season Three Finals.

The StarCraft invitational players will be announced in the days leading up to the event. Season Three of the Warcraft III ladder ended in December and the finalists from the season-ending qualifiers will be playing in the Season Three Finals. Click here for more information.

JOB: Effects Artist

Blizzard is looking for an Effects Artist for their Blizzard Console Division.  The Starcraft: Ghost team is in need of a serious talent to help add special effects to the game. Their legendary humor trascends their in-game easter eggs. Check out what the job posting’s requiremens say below …

Video Games Live Tickets Available

Video Games Live is preparing their turbines for another year of Concerts, starting off with San Jose, California. Tickets are now available.  At the bottom of this page is a stream of the live orchestra playing the World of Warcraft intro music by Jason Hayes.

Tickets for our first show of 2006 in San Jose, CAMarch 24th officially go on sale to the public next Monday, January 16. However, we wanted to give you first crack at the best seats! You can get access to the best tickets which are now available via Ticketmaster before we announce to the general public.

To get your early tickets, please visit Ticketmaster at the following link to purchase them before anyone else knows about the show!

For those of you not located near San Jose, we will be announcing a full concert schedule for 2006 in the near future, so stay tuned.

We also wanted to give you a quick sampling of what?s in store for you at the show. You can see our Halo segment recorded live here:

http://www.videogameslive.com/trailer/vgl_wow.wmv
or
http://www.videogameslive.com/trailer/vgl_wow.mov

If you didn?t get a chance to see our latest promotional video for 2006 you can still view it here:

HIGH QUALITY QUICKTIME (.MOV)
LOW QUALITY (.AVI)

We hope to see you in San Jose!

Best,

Jack and Tommy

Starcraft Ghost: Nova Interview: Feedback Sought

Starcraft Ghost: Nova
Starcraft Ghost: Nova

We are sending this Monday the questions for a pending interview to Keith R.A. DeCandido.  If you wish to find out more of the upcoming Starcraft Ghost: Nova Novel Pocketbook feel free to submit your questions.  The submissions will be considered and added to the roster of questions for the interview.  We want to make our visitors and community an integral part of our Q&As and interviews.

The upcoming novel will explore the background of Nova, a ghost serving the Terran Dominion leader Arcturus Mengsk.

Keith R.A. DeCandido: “This forthcoming game, Starcraft: Ghost, will be Blizzard’s first first-person shooter. When one plays the game, one is a character named Nova, a highly trained telepathic assassin. My novel, Nova—which will be released when the game is—will give that character’s full backstory: how she discovered she was telepathic, her trials and tribulations after the death of her family, and her eventual recruitment into the Ghost Program. All of this is amidst the backdrop of the ongoing Starcraft game story of humans of the future dealing with two different alien invaders.”

Since the novel book is coming out near the game release, we might assume the release of Starcraft: Ghost the game is in the horizon.  The Novel book, according to DeCandido is a prequel to Blizzard’s FPS Game, Starcraft: Ghost.  Blizzard recently updated a new page showing the story behind the female ghost operative, Nova. Read the Story.

Post a Comment to submit your Questions for the interview.

Wow: Cycle of Hatred interview: Feedback Sought

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Cycle of Hatred

We are sending this Monday the questions for a pending interview to Keith R.A. DeCandido.  If you wish to find out more of the upcoming World of Warcraft: Cycle of Hatred Novel Pocketbook feel free to submit your questions.  The submissions will be considered and added to the roster of questions for the interview.  We want to make our visitors and community an integral part of our Q&As and interviews.

Keith R.A. DeCandido: “At the end of Warcraft 3 and Warcraft 3X, humans and orcs were allies on the continent of Kalimdor. But in World of Warcraft, the two sides are enemies again. My task with the novel Cycle of Hatred, to be released in February, was to help explain that change. It takes place during the four-year gap between the two games, and involves the humans on Kalimdor lead by Lady Jaina Proudmoore and the orcs on the same continent lead by Thrall. Of all the characters in the Warcraft universe, I found Jaina and Thrall to be two of the three most compelling characters. Jaina is a powerful female wizard, who is put in a position of leading a small group of humans in a hostile land in the wake of a brutal war against a demon horde. Thrall is an orc raised by humans as a slave, who leads a rebellion of orcs against human bondage, and inspires the orcs to return to their old ways before they were cursed by demons. Both leaders are trying to forge a new future, moving past the old hatreds. Unfortunately, the old hatreds don’t die easily. (If you’re wondering who the third character is, you’ll have to read the book to find out—the character is also in the book, but who it is is a surprise. *big grin*)”

Details to know:

  • The book is set 3 years after the Battle of Mount Hyjal
  • Admiral Proudmoore died at Northwatch Keep, The Barrens

We got ahold of an excerpt of the book for your visual and mind-boggling-drooling delight. Read below . . .

Post a Comment and submit your question for the interview.

Wallpaper: Lady Sylvanas & Varimathras

Wow-Europe.com has added a new Wallpaper displaying Lady Sylvanas and her loyal puppet Varimathras.  The Wallpaper is available in different sizes to meet your monitor’s resolution. Go download it Here.

The US Worldofwarcraft.com site added a new Barrens Wallpaper available Here

Patch 1.9.2 Released!

This was really a fast bugfix update.  Patch 1.9.2 is available now and won’t require realm restarts.  How sweet!

At midnight PST on January 12th (approximately four hours from now), we will be issuing a small client-side patch to address the issue of “stuttering” player movement. There will be no realm restarts involved, however it will require players to restart the game to download the patch. We have developed and released this correction as quickly as possible and apologize for the disruption of play this issue may have caused

General

  • Characters should no longer appear to “pop” around terrain.  Movement should be smoother once again.

World of Warcraft TCG Public Q&A Transcript

The Public Q&A with Cory Jones—Upper Deck Entertainment Director of Brand and New Product Development was a blast!  We discussed many details of the upcoming World of Warcraft Trading Card Game 2006 (TCG).  The transcript is available.  Everything you wanted to know about the TCG was revealed!

Exclusive: World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Screenshot

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Blizzard Entertainment has granted an exclusive screenshot of World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Expansion, displaying one of the chambers of the Tower of Kharazhan, known as the Tower of Medivh in Warcraft: The Last Guardian and chapter 8 of the Human Campaign in Warcraft: Orcs and Humans.

Choose any of the three image sizes.

The World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Video Tour 1 over at Gamespot shows the room of our exclusive screenshot—shown at BlizzCon 2005.

It seems Sargeras/Medivh had a Michael Angelo-esque Artist create a Fresco-painting of Orchish angels on the ceiling.

We recommend reading the book Warcraft: The Last Guardian by Jeff Grubb before The Burning Crusade expansion to appreciate the depth of this fabulous Tower’s history and lore.  The quests in this instance will be mind-blowing with such rich lore.  You may read an excerpt from the book:  Chapter 9: Sands in the Hourglass to get a feeling of the book.

Wow Patch 1.9.1 Released!

Blizzard released Patch 1.9.1 to solve many bugs that affected gameplay.  Changes were made for serious disconnection issues, Druid and Warrior charge desyncs when charging into water, Priest Mind Control desync, Warsong Gulch exploit, and other issues.  Patch notes below.

Wow TCG Public Q&A Transcript

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Last night’s Public Q&A with Cory Jones—Upper Deck Entertainment Director of Brand and New Product Development was a blast!  We discussed many details of the upcoming World of Warcraft Trading Card Game 2006 (TCG).  The transcript is already finished.  However, we want Claudine Ricanor—Sr. Public Relations Specialist—to take a look to the transcript before making it public.

We will release it sometime today, so stay tuned!

Ahn’Qiraj War Effort Realm Ranking

Blizzard added a new feature that will allow players to keep track of which Realms are ahead in comparison with others, gathering resources for the War Efforts.  This is a very cool graphical chart!

Jeff Grubb’s Blog: World of Warcraft

Book writer of Warcraft: The Last Guardian is a addict player of World of Warcraft.  He wrote a very extensive review of his experience through the world of Azeroth as a priest lvl 48. Stay tuned to our pending Public Q&A with Jeff Grubb on IRC Chat sometime during January, where you will be able to ask questions concerning his Warcraft book and Kharazhan.  Check out his Blog

Video: Ahn’Qiraj Gates First Stage

Many Guilds united to complete the first part to opening the Gates of Ahn’Qiraj on Zul’jin (PvE) Server.  We were there and witnessed the event.  Check out our Video as proof, and read the dialogue text by the dragons and Fandral Staghelm.

Blizzplanet: Upper Deck Public Q&A

Blizzplanet & rp-pvp.com Lore Forums will conduct a Public Q&A with Upper Deck Entertainment to discuss their upcoming World of Warcraft Trading Card Game (TCG).

Day: Monday, January 9, 2006
Time: 7 pm PST / 10 pm EST

Server:  Irc.stratics.com
Port:  6668
Channel:  #rp-pvp

Sign up to the World of Warcraft Trading Cards Game Newsletter Here

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Gamasutra: World of Warcraft Logo

Gamasutra interviewed Hamagami/Carroll principal and co-founder Justin Carroll, delving into the origins of his company’s work in the video game business, and its relationship with major players such as Blizzard.  Hamagami/Carroll company was the creator of all Warcraft logos and other Blizzard games’ logos.

GS: I’m currently looking at your logos for Warcraft, and I was wondering how you came about the look of each logo specifically.

JC: Blizzard is another long-term relationship we’ve had, that connection came through the educational software thing. You asked a question before?what were some of the first packages we did?I think some of the first packages we did were for Warcraft, because we worked with Davidson Associates which was an educational software company and they bought Blizzard, so we started doing those titles because they were a part of Davidson, and that was what segued us into the video game industry?that and our experience in entertainment and toys.

With those logos, we worked directly with the marketing department, but there’s also access to Blizzard people as well. And they are very particular, as with Id. Blizzard and Id are very similar in that they are very into what they do. So everything that you do, a lot of the challenge is just making sure that you’re pleasing the developer, because they’re so immersed in it that anything that’s just not absolutely on the money stands out like a sore thumb. We used to do packaging for all the Blizzard titles, now they do it in-house I believe and we just do the logos. And if you look at the World of Warcraft logo, that’s almost a whole package into itself.

Two New Realms

Two new realms were added to the World of Warcraft US Servers:

  • Kul Tiras (PvE)
  • Runetotem (PvE)

Gates of Ahn’Qiraj: Patch 1.9 Released!

The World of Warcraft team is happy to announce the release of “The Gates of Ahn’Qiraj”, the new 1.9 content patch! Links below offer a preview of each feature included in this mega-jumbo patch.

Highlights of The Gates of Ahn’Qiraj – Patch 1.9:

You can read the entire patch notes here.

Fans with high reputation with Cenarion Hold will have a one-time chance per realm to drop the Scepter of the Shifting Sands which will allow to open the Gates of Ahn’Qiraj permanently for all players in the realm.  If you missed the Test Servers, then watch our videos from the 20-players raid instance, showing the final boss encounter.

Four New Realms

Blizzard is going in a spree this week after New Year’s.  There Four new Realms opened today in US Servers:

Vek’nilash (PvE)
Sen’jin (PvE)
Drak’thul (PvP)
Hakkar (PvP

Blizzplanet Interview: Keith R.A. DeCandido

This will be a busy month with interviews and Q&As for rp-pvp & Blizzplanet.

This is an official announcement of our interview with
Keith R.A. DeCandido – writer of the upcoming novel pocketbooks:

  • World of Warcraft: Cycle of Hatred
  • Starcraft Ghost: Nova

Good news is that you can post your questions for him concerning any of both books, and we will pick which to add to the interview.  Submit your questions at our Forum or submit it directly, here

You may order both books at our Warcraft Pocketbooks section.

Two New Realms

Two new Realms are available in US Servers as an alternative to create a fresh community:

Eyonix: “We’re happy to announce the opening of two new realms! If you’re a new visitor to the world of Azeroth, or a veteran looking for a fresh start, these are the realms for you!

Alexstrasza – PvE
Balnazzar – PvP

Join these realms and enjoy your adventures in the yet-untamed lands of Azeroth”

Warcraft III: Frozen Throne - Undead Campaign

We have added the Undead Campaign dialogues from Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne.  The Chapter of the Forgotten One may show you a screenshot of the mob that seems to be the final boss in the instance of Ahn’Qiraj (40-players Raid) from Patch 1.9

If you want us to add other info from Frozen Throne, suggestions are welcome.

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Warcraft III: Frozen Throne - Human Campaigns

I had delayed the content of Warcraft III: Frozen Throne to add Warcraft: Orcs and Humans and Warcraft II Campaign Missions.  Now that this is out of the way, I have resumed adding Campaign Missions of Frozen Throne once more.  This time you can read the Human Campaign.  Enjoy!  If you want us to add other info from Frozen Throne, suggestions are welcome.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to visitors of Blizzplanet, Blizzard Entertainment, to our programmer DarkNemesis, the Modding Communities of Star Alliance, Sovereign Empire, Campaign Creations and WC3Campaigns; and to the folks at Azzor.com our new Hosting.

Big Shout Outs to our Warcraft Lore Forum Community over at RP-PvP.com and its admins Firence and Meara.  Join the forums for some sweet lore discussion.

We don’t want to forget wishing Happy New Year to our great Folks interviewed in the past at Blizzplanet: Richard A. Knaak, Christie Golden, Luke Johnson, Julian Kwasneski and his folks at Basound.com, Mike Huang, Glynnis Talken now under pseudonym Sarah McKerrigan, Bill Roper & Flagship Studios, Jason Hayes and Jeff Grubb.

And why not?  To some of the networks that have supported Blizzplanet’s news:  Bluesnews, Ve3d(IGN), JudgeHype, WCRadio, RPGdot, Gamebanshee, Shacknews, Wow.Stratics, WowVault.IGN, Wow-Europe, Worldofwarcraft.com and others.

Teron Gorefiend in Kharazhan?

Added an article that will make a few thrill in uncertainty and excitement.  Is Teron Gorefiend in Kharazhan?  This is speculation, but fuel for thought.  Check out few evidences that might be interpreted as proof of Teron Gorefiend and the Death Knights of the Shadow Council be in Kharazhan.