world of warcraft

Official Site: World of Warcraft
Studio: Blizzard Entertainment
Launch Date: November 23, 2014
Genre: Fantasy Themepark
Business Model: Subscription (Cash Shop)
Platform: PC

That guy who redesigned Guild Wars 2’s UI is now tackling WoW’s website

Remember back in January when an ArenaNet forum user named Amax redesigned the UI for Guild Wars 2? As it turns out, Amax is Gradinar Razvan, who has recently redesigned the website for World of Warcraft as part of a job application.

Razvan says that his earlier GW2 work led to some freelance design jobs, and he has updated the project to include his process and some video footage.

Source: Behance

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The Warcraft movie might become a trilogy

Movie stills aside, we’re still waiting to see our first real look at 2016’s Warcraft film. The good news is that this will happen next week, as the film’s first trailer will debut on July 11th in Hall H at the San Diego Comic Con. Of course, if you can’t make it, there’s always a good chance that it’ll be on the internet shortly thereafter.

The World of Warcraft film could even be the first of a trilogy if it does well. In a recent interview, director Duncan Jones indicated a desire to see more movies made: “Hopefully, if I have done my job right, people will want to know and see more! There is certainly plenty more to tell! I would love to be part of that process of expanding on the lore that makes up Warcraft, but it will all depend on what you, the audience, think of our first film!”

Warcraft is being made by Legendary Pictures and will be released on June 10th, 2016.

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MMO Week in Review: Playing devils, punching dinos (July 5, 2015)

Were you too busy gaming this week to pay attention to MMO news? Get caught up every Sunday evening with Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review!

Trion confirmed this week that it is indeed porting Korean MMOARPG Devilian Online to the west as Devilian. In a welcome letter posted to the community, the head devs asserted that the game deserves the MMO label, talking up the game’s open world and large-scale PvP.

Want to game with members of the Massively Overpowered community? MOP’s own Jef is hosting an ARK: Survival Evolved server. Come punch dinos with us!

Read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

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The Game Archaeologist: The 4th Coming

Over the years that I’ve been writing The Game Archaeologist, I’ve received more than a few requests to cover a game that was completely unknown to me: The 4th Coming. It sounded like one of the lesser MUDs, so I stuck it in the backlog to investigate at some point.

Now that I’ve finally come around to looking into this title, I’ve discovered that The 4th Coming is actually one of the earliest — if not the earliest — online action RPGs, much in the same vein as today’s Path of Exile and Marvel Heroes. It makes sense that someone would seek to capitalize off of the explosive success of 1996’s Diablo, and that someone turned out to be Montreal-based Vircom Interactive.

Despite being one of the scant few ’90s graphical MMO pioneers, The 4th Coming’s legacy has been far outshadowed by its contemporaries and titles that followed. Today we’re going to see if we can’t deliver its due by looking at what this ARPG created.

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WoW’s last major Draenor raid is Hellfire Citadel

Warlords of Draenor’s last major raid will be Hellfire Citadel, according to an interview with World of Warcraft lead game designer Cory Stockton. Patch 6.2 will also be Draenor’s last, though Blizzard Watch reports that the dev team is “keeping a close eye on how quickly players are burning through new content.”

You can read a full summary of the interview courtesy of BW, or watch the proceedings for yourself by clicking past the cut.

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World of Tanks, SWTOR rocketed up the Raptr chart in May

Raptr’s most-played games list is out for this past May, and it looks that both World of Tanks and Star Wars: The Old Republic did quite well for themselves during the month, at least among those who used this service.

In the realm of MMOs, SWTOR jumped up four spots from the month previous to land at #14. Final Fantasy XIV remained steady at #13, although World of Warcraft slipped three spots (#5) and Guild Wars 2 is down four (#19). ArcheAge dropped off the top 20 as well.

For MOBAs and lobby titles, League of Legends is still #1, followed by DOTA 2 (#3), SMITE (#8), Diablo III (#9), Hearthstone (#10), Heroes of the Storm (#12), Warframe (#15), and War Thunder (#16). World of Tanks made significant progress in May, shooting up five slots to #6.

Source: Raptr blog

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World of Warcraft and RuneScape dare you to become a beach bunny

What’s up with all of the beach studio blogs lately? I guess we know where all of the devs’ minds are at now that we’ve rounded the corner into July!

World of Warcraft is definitely on break if it’s pumping out articles like the six best beaches in Azeroth. Have you seen them all? Do you agree with the list? Does it even matter? Oh well, just grab a friend, a copy of Weekend at Bernie’s, and soak it up!

Of more consequence is an actual beach party that’s going on right now in RuneScape. The team has turned an ugly crater into a sandy wonderland full of fun activities, including sandcastle building. You scoff, but doesn’t building a sandcastle in an MMO sound like a totally rad way to spend a gaming session? The beach party will be ongoing until August 31st.

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Global Chat: Are fellowship maneuvers due for a comeback?

Lord of the Rings Online hasn’t been en vogue in MMO circles recently, but that doesn’t mean that the game and its systems are all dried up. Kill Ten Rats argues that one of the title’s 2007 innovations, the fellowship maneuver, should be copied and improved by the current generation of online games.

“It is a great mechanic that raises the skill ceiling and rewards group play without punishing soloers,” Zubon posts. “This is a great way to support group play. It takes nothing away from solo players, but it provides a bonus to being in a group, and the bonus scales up with the group size.”

While you’re chewing on that thought, here are some more blog posts for your literary appetite. This week we’ll see how Villagers and Heroes is an undiscovered gem, tackle video game addiction (again), see more World of Warcraft flying drama, and even return to the pixelated world of Anarchy Online!

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World of Warcraft offers a slew of activities in July

With summer in full swing and plenty of people out of school and enjoying vacations, World of Warcraft figures that it had better darn well entertain those who will be playing the game in July.

The fantasy title put up a list of its July events, including the return of the Midsummer Fire Festival and Darkmoon Faire, the July 4th fireworks, and the start of Warlords PvP Season 2, which not coincidentally is today. Every weekend will continue to feature post-Patch 6.3 bonus events, such as the Wrath of the Lich King timewalking dungeons from July 17th through the 20th.

Speaking of timewalking, Lead Game Designer Ion Hazzikostas spent part of a new interview talking about how the team is planning to add Cataclysm dungeons to the event rotation. He also discussed the new Hellfire Citadel raid and mentioned that there are indeed legendary rings that can be obtained by beating end boss Archimonde.

You can watch Hazzikostas’ full interview after the jump.

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MMO Week in Review: At least Trion’s new game isn’t a MOBA? (June 28, 2015)

Were you too busy gaming this week to pay attention to MMO news? Get caught up every Sunday evening with Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review!

Trion Worlds teased a new game this week, providing an image of a game fans believe they have identified as Devilian Online, a Korean-born OARPG that’s got more in common with Diablo than with the MOBAs MMO studios have become so fond of cloning, though it’s led MMO players to wonder what else Trion might be up to.

Read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

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Blizz blog post looks at timewalking through WoW’s Slave Pens

Blizzard sure is proud of World of Warcraft’s timewalking mechanic, at least if the number of related dev blogs is any indication. Today the firm released another one, this one focused on The Slave Pens and featuring a map, a boss breakdown, and some gameplay tips as well as a blurb about associated achievements and reputation.

The blog post explains that timewalking can be dangerous to your character’s health, since his power and gear will be scaled down considerably.

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