July 25, 2012
Blizzard Announces Release Date for MoP
The wait is finally over, Blizzard has announced that the next World of Warcraft expansion, Mists of Pandaria, will be released on the 25th September 2012. MoP is now available on the Blizzard site for pre-order, the standard edition coming in at £29.99/$39.99, while the Deluxe Digital Edition will be £39.99/$59.99; the Deluxe Digital Edition giving you the Imperial Quilen flying mount and Lucky Quilen Cub pet, as well as extras for both Diablo III and Starcraft. There is also a collectors edition available which gives you a behind-the-scenes DVD, an MoP artwork book, the game soundtrack and a mouse pad; of course you’ll have to actually pick this one up yourself.
It’s true to say that subscriber numbers have fallen since World of Warcraft’s last expansion, Cataclysm, was released back in December 2010, but from what I’ve heard in the forums and from gamers in the WoW community in general, this number will again be on the increase as lapsed gamers come back for the brand new content – I definitely will be.
Don’t forget that the world premiere of the Mists of Pandaria opening cinematic will be shown at gamescom 2012! This will be at 2pm on Thursday 16th August, go to the Blizzard booth in Halle 6.1 (B21) where the opening cinematic will be shown on giant screens.
For more information on the MoP release: www.blizzard.com
June 29, 2012
Get Ready for Guild Wars 2
Although I didn’t have time to sign up to the beta for this game, I’ve heard great things about it online and from friends who have been playing the beta. The original Guild Wars, released five years ago, sold over 6 million copies, but wasn’t classed as a MMORPG; this time around Guild Wars 2 is definitely a MMORPG and will be following the free-to-play model like the original. The development team at ArenaNet are adament that it doesn’t fall into the traps of traditional MMORPGs, forcing you onto a grinding treadmill and making you spend hours preparing to have fun rather than just having fun. Love or loathe MMOs they want you to try this game and see for yourselves.
Guild Wars 2 is set in the fantasy world of Tyria which has long been ravaged by war between the five races: Sylvari; Norn; Charr; Asura and Humans. Now, the undead Elder Dragon Zhaitan has raised the sunken nation of Orr triggering earthquakes and tidal waves which has caused widespread destruction and devastated cities. With the people of Tyria corrupted the disbanded guild ‘Destiny’s Edge’, made up of the five races of Tyria, must put their rivalries aside and reunite to take down Zhaitan. Definitely check out the Guild Wars 2 website for the whole story, the background to the five races is particularly interesting: www.guildwars2.com/en/the-game/races/.
The game is now available for pre-order at buy.guildwars2.com or at select retailers. Pre-ordering Guild Wars 2 gives you guaranteed entry into beta weekend events, three-day headstart access to the final game, and the Hero’s Band in-game item. Players of the original are able to reserve their in-game name from Guild Wars so they can guarantee its availability in the sequel. By logging in since 1st January 2012, a player’s name will be added to an active list, preventing anyone from registering it on the title’s launch day.
The next and final beta test weekend is planned for 20-22 July and the release date is set for 28th August 2012.