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ANAHEIM, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
The heroes of Azeroth are on the verge of a war that will reforge the
fate of two worlds. Announced today at BlizzCon® 2013, World
of Warcraft®: Warlords of Draenor™, the
fifth expansion to Blizzard Entertainment's acclaimed massively
multiplayer online role-playing game, sends players to the world of
Draenor at a pivotal moment in history to fight against and alongside
legends from Warcraft's brutal past.
Across Draenor's savage jungles and battle-scarred plains, Azeroth's
heroes will engage in a mythic conflict involving mystical draenei
champions and mighty orc clans, and cross axes with the likes of
Grommash Hellscream, Blackhand, and Ner'zhul at the height of their
primal power. Players will need to scour this unwelcoming land in search
of allies to help build a desperate defense against the old Horde's
formidable engine of conquest—or else watch their own world's bloody,
war-torn history repeat itself.
"Warlords of Draenor gives players a chance to take a commanding
role in one of the Warcraft series' most crucial conflicts," said
Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "This
expansion also includes features that make it easy for anyone to jump
right into the action, whether they've played WoW at some point
in the past or are just setting foot in Azeroth for the first time."
To help new and returning players answer the call to arms on Draenor,
the expansion will enable anyone to instantly boost one character to
level 90, including a newly created character, quickly getting them
up to speed and ready to enjoy the latest content with their friends.
To establish a foothold on Draenor once they've arrived, the displaced
champions of the Horde and Alliance will be able to construct their own Garrison,
an expandable, customizable stronghold that will serve as each player's
personal base of operations throughout the course of the expansion. As
the Garrison grows, players will be able to recruit NPC allies and
followers to take up residence, gathering resources and embarking on
missions on the player's orders.
Warlords of Draenor will also introduce fully revamped player
character models and animations for many of World of Warcraft's
existing playable races, bringing the orcs, humans, and several
other longtime residents of Azeroth up to the visual standards of newer
races while still maintaining their iconic style and identity.
Along with these new features, World of Warcraft players will
enjoy a wide array of new content on their way to the new level cap
of 100, including new Zones, Dungeons, Raids, Scenarios,
Battlegrounds, and more. Warlords of Draenor will also
introduce questing improvements designed to encourage exploration
and add unpredictability to players' ongoing adventures.
BlizzCon 2013 attendees are able to play World of Warcraft: Warlords
of Draenor on the show floor, and BlizzCon
Virtual Ticket buyers can learn more about the expansion online by
watching panels taking place during the event. Further details about Warlords
of Draenor will be announced as development continues. For more
information, visit the expansion's official website at www.worldofwarcraft.com/warlords.
With multiple games in development, Blizzard Entertainment has numerous
positions currently available—visit http://jobs.blizzard.com
for more information and to learn how to apply.
About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft®
and the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo®
franchises, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com),
a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer
and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of
the industry's most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment's
track record includes sixteen #1-selling games* and multiple
Game of the Year awards. The company's online-gaming service, Battle.net®,
is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active players.
*Based on internal company records and reports from key distribution
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regarding the future, including statements about World of Warcraft:
Warlords of Draenor, are forward-looking statements that are not
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Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
VP, Global Public
Director, Global PR
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