Starcraft Ghost

In an interview with Paul Sams made at GamesIndustry.biz, he says that a product release date might be announced very soon.  And that the multiplayer aspect of the game is undergoing a lot of new technology.

“What’s your release timeline for Ghost?

We haven’t announced a new release timeline, but I would say that that’s something we’ll probably be sharing in the relatively short term future. “

GamesIndustry.biz Interviews Blizzard

GamesInudstry.biz—a popular gaming analyst site by EuroGamer, interviewed Blizzard VP of Business Operations, Paul Sams.  This interview Paul Sams talks extensively about how the launch of World of Warcraft in America blew apart their expectations and caught them unprepared, as the projections and preparation for a one year prediction became reality within first week of launch, which caused server stability to decrease at first.  Paul Sams also comments on the success in Europe, and Korea.  Currently 1.5 million paying subscribers play World of Warcraft worldwide.  China is still in closed beta and the projections of the demand on Closed beta players is staggering.  Paul Sams also mentions that Taiwan will be the next market where World of Warcraft will be launched.  The part that seems optimistic for other languages is the fact that Blizzard wishes to reaches other markets.  Spanish / India ?  It is a mystery.  Although no much was revealed, Paul Sams admits of a World of Warcraft expansion. 

The possibility of World of Warcraft going Xbox 360 is not been decided.  It is under analysis at this point and no decisions have been made.  Paul Sams admits that Blizzard has been in contact with Microsoft about Xbox 360.  Just don’t hold your breath.  Read the Full Interview

Battlegrounds is Live!

The Battlegrounds Patch is now LIVE including Alterac and Warsong Gulch.  Alterac Mountains of Lordaeron is Alterac Valley, where teams of 40 complete PvP quests, enlist the aid of powerful NPCs, and clash over strategic objectives in an all-out battle for domination. In the Northern Barrens, on the highly contested border between Horde and Alliance territory, lies Warsong Gulch, a fast-paced capture-the-flag-based Battleground where teamwork and strategy are the keys to success. Simply log in to World of Warcraft to begin downloading the latest patch and start in on all the fun.

For additional information on World of Warcraft’s Battlegrounds, please visit the new Battlegrounds mini section, which contains information about the rewards for both Alterac Valley and Warsong Gulch, as well as each Battleground’s score screen!

Glynnis Talken: San Diego Scottish Festival, CA

Glynnis Talken, voice of Starcraft Kerrigan, announced a book signing event in San Diego Scottish Festival at Brengle Terrace Park in Vista, California on June 25th and 26th.  Although, it is not a Blizzard event, Blizzard fans are welcome to bring their posters and/or Blizzard products to be signed by her.  You may also take photos with her.  Submit your photos with Glynnis Talken to us and let us know your experience.  Glynnis is known for her Medieval Romance books and for her talents in voice acting in Starcraft, Diablo II and MTV TheMaxx.  Look for Glynnis at the Tea & Sympathy booth

The San Diego Scottish Festival will have plenty of other great experiences:

  • Highland Dancing, Drum Major, Bagpipe & Drumming Competitions

  • Sheep Dog Trial

  • Scottish Country Dancing

  • Scottish Food, Drink & Merchandise

    For directions, email, Phone, Fax and maps on where to find the Scotish Festival location, visit sdhighlandgames.org/

  • Emerald Dream Active?

    Caydiem was very cryptic on her answer to one of the fans when asking if the Emerald Dream was an instance we can get into now or if we had to wait until Blizzard releases it officially.  Ever since Closed Beta during installations of patches, everyone has noticed when clicking the details tab, that Emerald Dream files are updated and that exist already within our client.

    Caydiem answered:

    ” Perhaps with study and patience, the Emerald Dream may become open eventually… but for the time being it remains closed to all.”

    That pretty much leaves everyone with a fallen jaw.  It seems that the Emerald Dream is waiting for a player to find a way to enter it.  Below is a summary of the quests tying with the Emerald Dream.  Read below . . .
    UPDATED June 4 at 6pm

    Blackwing Lair Preview

    Blackwing Lair Instance will be the next major content patch to be released, followed by Zul’Gurub.  World of Warcraft UK Website has released a preview of what to expect in Blackwing Lair and a few screenshots.  The instance will be inside Upper Blackrock Spire, on the opposite side of the hall leading to the Beast area.  Nefarian—known as Blackwing, is son of Deathwing and brother of Onyxia.  Caydiem confirmed that Blackwing Lair will be more difficult than Molten Core.  No doubt a great challenge for hardcore guilds.  Read the full preview at Wow-Europe.

    New SCM Draft 0.55

    SCM Draft has a bunch of new features, check them out!  For those of you who don’t know SCM Draft is a replacement Staredit.  Note: SCMDraft is not supported nor made by Blizzard.

    Some features include:

    • Ability to open multiple maps simultaneously
    • Ability to open multiple windows of the same map
    • Ability to preview units viewrange (Actual fog of war)
    • Ability to zoom out
    • Completely redesigned terrain palette, easier to use and improved scroll speed
    • More liberty with brush sizes
    • The unit tree now includes doodads, sprites, as well as terrain
    • All sounds are now played using DirectSound, the wav dialog will no longer lock up.

    View the Official News Report for full information and features.

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