Wow Expansion Rumor: Undermine

Blizzplanet’s last rumor was of Starcraft: Ghost going Multiplayer after seeing a Job Opening in Swingin’Ape Studios.  That rumor—originated in Blizzplanet—went around the world through many Gaming Networks two months before it was officially announced by Blizzard(Network links offered at the bottom of the page linked above).  Today, after reading Shane Dabiri’s confirmation of a World of Warcraft expansion on the works, we would like to venture on a new rumor based on images from the World of Warcraft Collector’s Edition, which shows images of Undermine Map and a World Map showing possible boat and zeppelin routes with Undermine as main hub.  We have the images, and which to share them with fans to estimulate creative comments and opinions of possible Expansion content.  Read more details below . . .

Wow Europe Website: Easter Egg

Sorrow from our partner Forum Community made a cute find in the World of Warcraft(Europe) website.  The Class Webpage displays the words that quote Captain Planet—the TV animated series.  Visit the webpage and hold your mouse over the World of Warcraft Classes’s images, and a popup message will display the words: Fire! Wind! Earth! Water! Heart!  By your powers combined I am CAPTAIN PLANET

…. Intersting!  If you forgot who Captain Planet is, check out the official website as a reminder.

Glynnis(Kerrigan) at San Diego Scottish Festival TODAY

As a reminder, anyone living near Vista in San Diego California, today starts the San Diego Scottish Festival.  Starcraft Kerrigan voice actress, Glynnis Talken, will be there at the Tea & Sympathy booth signing her medieval romance books.  She told me personally on AOL chat that she would be glad to sign any of your posters or Blizzard products if you bring them along, and may take a photo or participate on her monthly contest where winners get a nice Medieval sword.  If you go do not forget to send us photos of the event.  Read more details on how to get to the festival Here

Blizzplanet Site Remodeling

Don’t worry about some areas not working or half-layouts with no data.  The news section is working properly while DarkNemesis—Chief Programmer, and I re-organize the website layout.  We are just few days from launching Blizzplanet’s subdomains for each Game.  The Games Headlines atop will serve as shortcuts to the news by game category.  After many months of development, DarkNemesis is ready to launch the subsites, where Starcraft: Ghost subsite will have its own content and left menu.  World of Warcraft and all other Blizzard games will also have their individual subsites.  Each game site will have a subdomain (i.e. http://ghost.blizzplanet.com).  We will let you know when we start implementing the subsites.  We plan to create custom layouts for each as time goes by.  Special thanks to Draco for setting up the subdomains and to Republicola—both from WC3Campaigns—for activating PHP access for them.

New Warcraft III Bonus Map - Deathrose

The Deathrose is a rare flower that grows only in the deepest, darkest swamps of Ashenvale. In the hands of a master alchemist, the petals of the flower can be used to create some of the deadliest poisons known to exist in all Azeroth.

Download Deathrose a new Bonus map for Warcraft III: The Frozen

Alias Mental Ray 3.4 goes 64-bit

For Modders with experience in 3D Modeling using Maya or other applications, Gamasutra informs that Alias Mental Ray 3.4, a rendering component of Maya, is getting an upgrade to support 64-bit technology computers.  It is available for Enterprise Linux WS 3 (x86_64) and SUSE 9.1 (x86_64), running on Intel EM64T, AMD Opteron, or AMD Athlon 64 processors.  Mental Ray 3.4 is compatible with Maya 6.5, but not with earlier versions.  A Windows XP version is in development.  This enhanced version for 64-bit technology promises faster processing times, physically accurate lighting, and improved rendering for more complex 3D scenes for games, film, broadcast, design visualization and digital publishing.

Open Rebellion Mod on PCGamer UK

Starcraft Mod Open Rebellion, based on the Star Wars Universe was featured on the PCGamer (UK—June 2005 Edition). The mod hosted at Sovereign Empire Modding (Openrebellion.smempire.org) is included in the CD attached to the magazine. It is a great thing to have the modding community get spotlighted in magazines such as PCGamer.  Visit the Open Rebellion Forum for comments

Warcraft3 Mods in PCGamer UK

It is good for the modding community to have spotlights in magazine articles, and that is the case with Star Alliance and Sovereign Empire Modding Communities.  Skeletal Rage—a Warcraft 3: Frozen Throne Mod available at desmasic.samods.org—was featured in the pages of PCGamer (UK Edition).  The mod was included on the PCGamer CD attached to the Magazine.  We hope to see more magazines focus on the modding community. Special cheers to the guys over at Star Alliance.  Visit the following forum topic to congrat them.

Wow nominated in G-Phoria

World of Warcraft is nominee in five categories for the G-Phoria Awards.  Comment about this topic Here:

  • EB Gamers Choice

  • Best Cinematic
  • Best Multiplayer Game
  • Best Original Soundtrack
  • Game of the Year

The third annual G-Phoria Awards(G4TV) show will be on July 27. The event will be broadcast on G4tv.com on August 9th.  The broadcast is co-sponsored by Jeep and Mountain Dew.
Register G-Phoria before voting.  Then VOTE for World of Warcraft

Under Development Page Updated

Blizzard updated the Under Development section showing now Battlemasters.  These are NPCs in some cities that like Orgrimmar and Iron Forge that will allow players to enter a Que from within cities, same as Meeting Stones have now Innkeepers Group-Meeting Ques.  You can enter Warsong Gulch and Alterac Valley by talking to any of the Battlemasters, which will save a load of time in traveling.  Spybots for the SI:9 agency will be added soon.  Their function is a mistery.  Honor System tab will be redesigned.  There will be class improvements. The only sneak preview offered were Warriors and Warlocks:

  • Warrior: Protection and Fury talent line improvements
  • Warlock: Demonology talent line improvements

Wow Expansion Confirmed

Shane Dabiri, World of Warcraft Producer, posted a message on the boards stating the success of the game with two million subscribers and over 450 realms worldwide, all the previous content released, and promises new content soon.  This is the equivalent to US President’s State of the Union annual report on TV.  Shane Dabiri mentions all the content released recently, and promises new content soon.  Among the new content of interest are:

- Blackwing Lair—40 players instance(end of June/Start of July)
– Zul’Gurub—20 players instance
– Exclusive: Ahn?Qiraj in Silithus on the works
– Confirmed: Wow Expansion on the works (no release date)

Post your Comments Here
Read the full press release below . . .

Ladder Season II Competitions

The solo competitions of Season Two will take place on June 25 and 26. The first day of competition will continue for three rounds, while the second day will consist of two rounds. Please note that the final dates are slightly different than the ones announced several weeks ago.

Kalimdor: June 25 – 1pm Seoul Time (GMT+9), June 26 – 1pm Seoul Time (GMT+9)
Northrend: June 25 – 1pm CEST Time (GMT+1), June 26 – 1pm Seoul Time (GMT+1)
Lordaeron: June 25 – 1pm PDT Time, June 26 – 1pm PDT Time
Azeroth: June 25 – 1pm EDT Time, June 26 – 1pm EDT

Players are responsible for attending on time and calculating the time difference with their home country. We suggest using TimeandDate.com to assist with time conversions.

The map pool for the solo competition will be as follows: Lost Temple (RoC), Gnoll Wood, Twisted Meadows, Turtle Rock, and Echo Isles. A first map will be assigned for each round, and the losing player may select the next map to be played. Note a revision to the previously posted rules for the solo competition: Any single map, including the assigned starting map, cannot be played more than once in a match.

For more information, please consult the newly updated Schedule page.

Gamespy previews Battlegrounds

Gamespy has a 5-pages preview of both Battlegrounds zones: Alterac Valley and Warsong Gulch.

Miguel: This, in my opinion, is the definitive WoW PvP experience. The map is huge, densely populated with players, NPCs, and monsters, and it greatly rewards coordination and strategy. Case in point: try taking the Alliance base without both Lokkmar (the huge, summonable epic boss that aids the Horde in its assault) and a group of beefed-up wolf raiders. It’s impossible. The arches on those last two guard towers will chew you up, not to mention the entire Alliance raid that’s sure to have gathered in the meantime. It’s insane. My last match lasted six hours, and I got over 1,000 honorable kills. It was really late at night by the time it was over, but once we took that last graveyard, and destroyed one of the last guard towers, I knew it wasn’t going to be long.

1UP.com Previews Hellgate: London

1UP.com published a short preview of the upcoming game Hellgate: London:

“The engine is beautiful, and if it can really create an endless series of randomly generated dungeons to crawl though, the replayability factor will be enormous. The weird blend of magic and realism, in both items and environments, should make for a compelling and surreal game world—we look forward to smiting hellspawn in and around landmarks like Big Ben and the Millennium Dome.”

FilePlanet exclusive special offer for Blizzard fans

Incredibly, Blizzard and Fileplanet have reached a agreement to offer World of Warcraft fans viable a viable source to download patches, movies, and other files by offering a 50% discount to World of Warcraft members:

“Blizzard and FilePlanet are pleased to offer an exclusive 50% discount on a full-year FilePlanet membership for Blizzard fans only. Benefits include fast downloads for files and patches, dedicated WoW pages with popular WoW movies ready for download and access to FilePlanet’s exclusive beta programs for upcoming games. Check out the details here.”

Jason Hayes: Coca-Cola Commercial

Jason Hayes, Blizzard Music Composer, reveals his recent work on the music for a Coca-Cola commercial in China.  Blizzplanet will update you when the download is available:

Jason Hayes:  I just finished working on a really cool television commercial for Coca-Cola in China! It’s scheduled to launch this summer, and I’m going to try and get permission to post it here after it’s released – perhaps at the end of July.  I had spoken with the project manager on the commercial about my getting permission to post the spot here on the website. He said that would probably be ok, as long as I wait until the commercial debuts in China first. That’s supposed to happen very soon (it might have already started), probably to coincide with the recent launch of World of Warcraft in China.

He asked me to get back with him at the end of this month, and he can let me know if it’s ok to post it. So maybe we’ll be uploading it here soon! I’ll let you know as soon as I know more.