I am gathering a lot of Easter Eggs shared by fans in the World of Warcraft forums in USA and Europe. It is taking some time as the European forum has over 33 pages of it. I am also searching online for the references, links and quotes. Expect it here some time tomorrow.
Jeff Kaplan(Tigole), Quest Designer, informed the community that Blackwing and Zul’Gurub are the next instances to be released shortly in the upcoming months. He also comments on the maximum player cap allowed in both instances.
Blackwing Lair is going to be capped at 40 people. The zone will be tuned to be extremely difficult to present a challenge to those guilds who have experience with content such as the Molten Core and Onyxia.
But rest assured, we have been listening closely to the community’s desires for a more “casuaul” friendly raid zone. So the zone we’re working on after Blackwing Lair will be tuned for a raid somewhere around 15-25 people (most likely 20). Ultimately, playtesting will determine the final cap. Also, we want the zone the be doable much more frequently than our “hardcore” raid content. So most likely it will have a reset of 1-3 days. We’re also trying to make the zone require less time than Molten Core. This zone is called Zul’Gurub and is located in North Eastern Stranglethorn. As it gets closer to the time of release, we’ll be releasing more information. But I think this zone will be a very attractive stepping stone for smaller guilds into the higher level raid content.
If you haven’t read this Warcraft novel for reasons like you don’t know what it is about or for lack of interest, then we have a small summary of the book. If you do not like spoilers, do not read it. If you at least wish to find out what the book is about before you purchase it, then take a look. We will soon have an interview with the writer of Warcraft: Lord of the Clans … Christie Golden. The book is about the life of Thrall after he was found as a baby and risen by a human, and how he grew up to become the Warchief of the Horde.
|Glynnis Talken will be at a Public Book Signing in California. She was the voice actress of Kerrigan in Starcraft and Broodwar and some Diablo II characters like the Rogue. Blizzard fans are welcome to visit her. You can bring along any Blizzard games books, posters, and whatnot and she will sign it. You can take a photo with her and give her a hug. Don’t forget sharing some photos with us.
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|Jason Hayes’s music will be featured in the Symphonic Video Games Concert 2005 series, an event featuring full orchestral performaces of some of the industry’s best and most popular game music. There’s a segment dedicated to the Warcraft series. In 2005, the FILMharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Andy Brick, will perform together with the famous percussion player Rony Barrak and the guitar players from the award-winning rock band -123min. Rony Barrak is well-known for his work together with Sarah Brightman and Vanessa Mae.and the first show will be:
Video Games Live Concert 2005
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We got ahold of a copy of the Gamestar Magazine from Italy featuring an article of Hellgate: London. Please, be aware that the translation from Italian is harshly vague and there may be misinterpretation. Gamestar.it authorized Blizzplanet to translate some details from their Magazine. We hope that it offers you additional details about the exciting new game Hellgate: London. The 8 images accompanying the summary are property of Flagship Studios and Gamestar.it (IDG Communications). You can read our 2-pages summary Here
Blizzard is sharing a video of players that successfully defeated Onyxia.
|New Frozen Throne bonus map available from Blizzard. There once existed a shrine to the ancient gods of yore, but all that remains is a ruin of rubble, sand, and ore. Though legends persist of creatures from the sea, that have surfaced to guard the treasures of an era long before. Download Shrine of the Ancients a new Bonus map|
Blizzard UK has set loose a Press Release announcing the takeover of European Gaming Charts as the #1 game on the top.
“World of Warcraft? has reclaimed the #1 spot on game charts across much of Europe this week, following the release of additional boxes into European retail stores on April 15th. The successful subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) from Blizzard Entertainment? is the #1 game on the PC charts in Germany, France, UK, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Benelux.”
Gamespot interviewed Eric Schaefer to get a close look to Hellgate: London in its current stages. There is a video we recommend to watch.
Hellgate: London will support many modes of single-player and online play. Most importantly, we will be providing a destination where players can congregate in large or small numbers within the world. Here, they will be able to group up for adventures, trade items, or just hang out and chat. Plans for competitive modes are just being discussed now, but our main emphasis will be on supporting cooperative adventuring.