According to Gamespot, a chinese source has confirmed that over 100,000 accounts have been created in advance to the expected release of World of Warcraft Beta in China to take place in two weeks.
After breaking records in North America and Europe, World of Warcraft is storming China, and it isn’t even available yet. According to the Chinese game-industry newsletter Pacific Epoch, in the first hour that registration was open, 100,000 gamers signed up for accounts hoping to participate in the game’s closed beta test. Beta testing is slated to begin in about two weeks, according to the game’s local operator in China, the9.com
Blizzard released the new Frozen Throne patch with bonus maps and fixes to many races’s abilities. The most exciting changes are of interest to Warcraft III/Frozen Throne Modding makers as the World Edit Tool has been revamped with new features. Read more …
Jason Hayes answered few questions about his current whereabouts. He is launching his own music company and is planning to release a music album CD soon. His company website will be updated in a few weeks to offer fans an interactive site where his music fans may communicate and download music. Make sure to join his forums. Jason Hayes told us of his interest to support the Modding Community and Voice actors guilds. Here is the interview, enjoy!
Gamesindustry.biz interviewed Paul Sams and Chris Metzen few weeks ago. The second part of the interview reveals many things about the transition from Nihilistic to Swinging Ape studios, and the new direction the game is taking. Somewhere during the interview, there was an answer that may fill players with uncertainty. Would it be possible that Starcraft: Ghost aims to provide multiplayer components? Read an excerpt:
“StarCraft and WarCraft III are particularly popular in “professional” gaming tournaments; how important does Blizzard consider that area to be? Is just a quirky oddity, or is it something you see growing in importance, and in public profile, in the future?
Paul: We see it growing. Not only do we see it growing, but we just hired a person to be in charge of tournaments in our company. We want to do more support of tournaments, and we want to build more tournament capabilities into our products, and to have tournaments and competitive play more in our thought process as we’re creating our games.
We want to continue to create great singleplayer product, but that has incredible, compelling multiplayer play that has competitive components. We think that that is another element of the future that we really want to focus on , and we think that we’ve done a pretty decent job at it so far.”
Read the full interview Here.
Glynnis, our favorite voice actress of Kerrigan in Starcraft, will be signing books, and any Starcraft or Diablo items on March 12 and 13 at Los Angeles County Irish Fair and Music Festival at the Fairplex in Pomona, California. Click the link above for the official website of the event with the detailed address. You can meet her at the Tea & Sympathy booth. If you visit her, make sure to take photos and to submit them to us. You may contact me at my profile. Starcraft Kerrigan actress, Glynnis, was interviewed by Blizzplanet some time ago. You may read our interview Here.
Read Glynnis’s Press Release about her upcoming Book Signing event. Besides a Gaming Voice actress, Glynnis is also a Medieval Romance writer of many books that have been awarded. She was also the voice behind MTV The Maxx and some Diablo II characters.
A small group known the r3v0luti0nz team has begun to create starcraft theme fan movies, however without proper models they cannot release their work, so anyone interested in created 3dmax models and/or updating low poly ones please contact email@example.com for information. Currently they have no website to link to, so all questions/comments should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Note: This is a starcraft mod, and requires broodwar 1.11b to play.
Blade66777, Modding member of Star Alliance, is making a call to all Voice actors to contact him for a new Starcraft Mod project that will have a Map Campaign. If you have a microphone and talent and wish to make a debut, you may also contact him. Star Alliance has a Voice acting guild named SAVAGE. Read the requirements and the description of the characters you will voice at the following forum. You may leave a message in the forums or contact Blade66777 with your application.
They’re back, I have the back-up of the old forum data and I will be converting them to this new forum setup. http://www.blizzplanet.com/yabbse/.
Please be aware that this is not the same system we’ve been using previously, this system is more stable.
Also, I’ve updated the news system, it now displays only 10 articles per page, and you can use the page navigation to quickly go from one page to another. The page navigation only appears when the message block is hiden or you are viewing the News from the news module.
The Content system is back online, I’ve also updated the Message site programmer feature, once again I would like to remind people that I do read the messages given to me on the message site programmer feature. Should at anytime the system fail you can email me at email@example.com. You can also catch me on AIM (Nemesis2Darkness) or MSN (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thank you all who are patient for these updates, I hope you continue to visit us.
Edit: Sorry for the erreta on the post, it’s fixed now and the email should work.
Still a work in progress and they won’t release betas. However they update and show pics and such. It converts WC3 units, data, maps into Starcraft. The mod seems to be promissing, lets just hope this doen’t end up like Infroceptor’s StarCraft to WarCraft conversion.
On a side note: email email@example.com to have your mod added to our upcomming mod Database.
Athalus from WCRadio.com invites you to listen to the community radio show this saturday at 7pm est. Richard A. Knaak was interviewed on the phone by Athalus, and you may listen to the interview today Saturday. The interview is about his latest Blizzard book War of the Ancients: Demon Soul, available at bookstores. Visit the site here and launch your Winamp or iTunes to listen to the interview.
The winners of the Wow/Starcraft: Ghost Fan Art contest has been chosen:
|2D Category||3D Category|
Wow Collector’s Edition
Wow Regular Edition
Wow Collector’s Edition
Wow Regular Edition
Thanks to all participants for submitting their artwork. All the Fan Art submissions may be viewed here
World of Warcraft starts on November 23, hope to see you online. Good luck!
Blizzard released a new patch which removes reagents for Mark of the Wild, Fortitude and Arcane Intellect. Using spirit healer now deals 25% loss of your armor instead of 100%. You may read the patch notes Here. Blizzard also announced that all Closed and Open Beta characters will be regretably wiped. Everyone will start with a clean tab, creating a fresh new character. Open Beta ends today Wednesday, November 18th. Congratulations to all beta testers that helped Blizzard developers iron out and polish the game. We had a lot of fun, and thank Blizzard for their long dedication to develop this awesome game. See ya in Retail on November 23 in the World of Warcraft.
All Blizzard fans are invited to sign-up to World of Warcraft Open Beta on November 8th. We will keep you updated. Additionally, the official release date was announced. The game will be on sale on November 23 at your favorite Game Store. The official Press Release by Blizzard President Morhaime can be read Here. Additionally, the Blizzard Insider# 20 is available Here. The Insider talks about Open Beta and the interview to Jeff Kaplan about Raiding. Find out more about Deathwing’s offspring Onyxia the dragon.
We gave fans an extended time to submit their submissions for the Wow/Ghost Fan Art Contest. We want to thank all participants for their submissions and patience. Due to security breaches, the site was inactive from August-October. Additionally, the email account had reached its limit and many fans weren’t able to submit. We extended the deadline to October 31st, and today it reaches its last day of submissions. We apologize for the inconvenience, and invite you to stay tuned in the upcoming days for the 2 winners. The winner will get a pre-ordered game of choice: World of Warcraft Collector’s Edition w/ pocketbook War of the Ancients: Well of Eternity—written by Richard A. Knaak. Or a pre-ordered Starcraft: Ghost game.
Good luck to the contest participants. You can view the submissions here. 10 judges will be hand-picked and invited to choose the best fan arts. We want to invite you to read our Richard A. Knaak Q&A transcript. This interview was published at the Official WOW Website worldofwarcraft.com on October 26th.
Dustin Browder, game design director for EA’s Battle for Middle-earth announced his leave in a few days from EA, and his new position as a Blizzard Employee to be effective on March 14th. Browder will be under the direct work with Rob Pardo on an unveiled game. Browder doesn’t know at this point what game he will be working on, but his great expertise in RTS games, rises few eyebrows in the community. Speculations are starting to arise since the only RTS people can think of is Starcraft 2 or Warcraft IV—which is unlikely. Another speculation heard from fans in many forums is that Blizzard could get Diablo series into an RTS. Browder will be a Senior Designer in Irvine, not in San Francisco.
Blizzard North was known to be working on 2 games until the executives resigned back in June 31, 2003 and later the new vice-president announced that one of the games were shelved after 30 employees resigned a month later. Most of the remaining team was merged with the second game project which is kept in secrecy. Although seeing a Diablo RTS is improbable, we have also to consider that Starcraft—a traditional RTS is now being developed as a Console Shooter gamer and Warcraft RTS game is now a MMORPG—terrain that Blizzard is stepping into for first time. Therefore, with Blizzard you can never know. They are innovative and have no fear to explore new grounds. We will find out soon enough. Dustin Browder was credited for:
- The Lord of the Rings: The Battle For Middle-Earth (2004)
- Command & Conquer: Generals (2003)
- Command & Conquer: Generals: Zero Hour (2003)
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Dominion Wars (2001)
- Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 (2000)
- Battlezone (1998)
- Vigilante 8 (1998)
- Heavy Gear (1997)
- MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries (1996)
- MechWarrior 2: Ghost Bear’s Legacy (1995)
Read the full article at Gamespy. We submitted this news to SCLegacy as we consider this is a big news of interest to the Starcraft fans. We will try to dig more details after Browder starts his duties at Blizzard. Stay tuned!