World of Warcraft

PC / RPG / Release: Nov 22, 2004 / ESRB: T

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WoW Monopoly, StarCraft RISK announced at Toy Fair

WoW Monopoly, StarCraft RISK announced at Toy Fair

If you've been in the board game section of a department store in the last few years, you've probably noticed that Hasbro has made a wide variety of Monopoly and RISK variants with franchise tie-ins. Now World of Warcraft and StarCraft are joining the line-up, with their own themed board games.

Read more: Prices and launch windows »

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No BlizzCon in 2012, Battle.net World Championship spun off

No BlizzCon in 2012, Battle.net World Championship spun off

Diablo clickfiends, StarCraft stratmasters, and World of Warcraft junkies have been able to share their love of all things Blizzard in-person at BlizzCon since 2005, but this year they'll need to find a new outlet for that pent-up glee. Blizzard revealed today that the convention will skip 2012, while its pro-gaming strand is being spun off into its own event, the 2012 Battle.net World Championship.

Read more: Blizzard blames "jam-packed schedule" »

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World of Warcraft patch bringing cross-realm raids

World of Warcraft patch bringing cross-realm raids

World of Warcraft will allow cross-realm raids with patch 4.3.2, Blizzard has announced. Players can already form cross-realm parties with Real ID friends, which serves as the backbone for the new raid functionality. It will also let you use the Raid Finder and jump into any classic dungeon or raid to automatically join an instance.

Read more: No Normal or Heroic Dragon Soul yet »

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Blizzard introduces BattleTag nicknames as Real ID alternative

Blizzard introduces BattleTag nicknames as Real ID alternative

When Blizzard introduced the 'Real ID' cross-game friend system for Battle.net, it bafflingly required users to share their real name with everyone on their friends list. That's now being addressed with the introduction of BattleTags, a unified nickname you get to choose, so you needn't necessarily share your meatspace identity with someone simply because you play video games together.

Read more: BattleTags now in testing in Diablo III beta »

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World of Warcraft patch 4.3 tolls Hour of Twilight

World of Warcraft patch 4.3 tolls Hour of Twilight

Deathwing shall fall in World of Warcraft patch 4.3, which launches today. It adds three new dungeons and one new raid, the Raid Finder feature, Transmogrification for items, class balance tweaks, and heaps more.

Dubbed 'Hour of Twilight,' the patch takes players on a quest across a string of dungeons to defeat Deathwing, Cataclysm's main villain, in a climatic raid. You'll visit the future and the past, preparing to defeat the dastardly dragon. Naturally, these bring new loot to covet.

Watch: The Hour of Twilight falls »

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Activision Blizzard downgrades stock due to Old Republic concerns

Activision Blizzard downgrades stock due to Old Republic concerns

World of WarCraft has been perched high atop the massively-multiplayer throne for seven years now, but is about to get its first serious dose of competition when the Electronic Arts-published Star Wars: The Old Republic launches. While it's not really a shock to learn that some folks have already indicated that they'll be leaving Azeroth for a galaxy far, far away, a new survey indicates that World of WarCraft could shed anywhere between 900,000 and 1.6M players when the lightsabers start swinging.

Read more: The Force is strong with this one »

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World of Warcraft celebrates seventh birthday

World of Warcraft celebrates seventh birthday

Have you remembered to get World of Warcraft a present for its birthday? For shame! Blizzard's MMO adores its players so much, it's actually giving players presents to celebrate the seventh anniversary of its launch on November 23. Now, don't you feel guilty for not returning the thoughtful gesture?

Read more: Free feat and fireworks. With bonus Chuck Norris! »

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World of Warcraft subscriptions continue to decline; majority in the east

World of Warcraft subscriptions continue to decline; majority in the east

During Activision Blizzard's investor relations call earlier today, Blizzard boss Michael Morhaime revealed that subscriptions for the hugely successful MMO have dropped to 10.3 million active subscribers for the end of the company's fiscal third quarter. Approximately 800,000 users have walked away from the WoW universe during the period, based on Activision Blizzard's fiscal second quarter investor relations call, where Morhaime noted subscriptions for the game had dipped to 11.1 million.

Though Blizzard doesn't divulge forecasts on "subscribership levels," Morhaime noted that "the majority of the declines were in the east." Morhaime added that China still represents "more than half" of World of Warcraft's global player base.

Read more: Testing new content and December's historic data »

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World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria announced

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria announced

Blizzard has just announced the next expansion pack for its World of Warcraft MMO. Titled "Mists of Pandaria," this is quite possibly the most colorful addition to the WOW world so far. The expansion pack introduces a new continent, and a new monk class. Also, there's pandas. (Seriously!)

You can expect new challenge mode dungeons, PVE scenarios, and a pet battle system in the expansion. The level cap will also be raised to 90.

Read more: Pandarens can play as Alliance and Horde »

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Diablo 3 free for annual WoW subscribers

Diablo 3 free for annual WoW subscribers

World of Warcraft players are some of the most dedicated Blizzard fans out there. At BlizzCon today, the company announced plans on rewarding World of Warcraft subscribers with quite an enticing bonus: a free copy of Diablo III when it releases. (You will only get the regular edition, not the special edition pictured above.)

Of course, there are some strings attached. To be eligible for the bonus, you must get a new 12 month "annual pass," which costs $15 a month.

Read more: Other bonuses for subscribers »

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Blizzard planning six 'proven' releases by 2014

Blizzard planning six 'proven' releases by 2014

Activision Blizzard COO Thomas Tippl is expecting Blizzard to release six "proven property" releases over the next three years. Tippl said at the Citi 2011 Technology Conference that this will include two expansion packs for World of Warcraft, the remaining two pieces of StarCraft 2, and Diablo III.

This would mean that Blizzard expects the third StarCraft 2 sub-game, Legacy of the Void, to hit by the end of 2014. The sixth release is a possible Diablo 3 expansion, but speculation is swirling that the Titan project could hit in that time frame too.

Read more: Proven and unproven properties »

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World of Warcraft 4.3 patch details revealed

World of Warcraft 4.3 patch details revealed

Details on the 4.3 patch for World of Warcraft have found their way online, with a close examination of the game's upcoming "Transmogrification" technology, brought forth by the Ethereals, that allow for cosmetic customization of certain items outfitting warriors of the Alliance or Horde as well as a number of other additions.

Read more: Face off against Deathwing »

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World of WarCraft pet sales pull in $1.9 million for Red Cross

World of WarCraft pet sales pull in $1.9 million for Red Cross

Developer Blizzard sure is good at raising money for charity. Sales of the Cenarion Hatchling, one of World of WarCraft's virtual pets that was created to support Red Cross Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami relief, have generated $1.9 million.

The Cenarion Hatchling was offered through Blizzard's Store, with a $10 price tag. 100% of the proceeds of purchases made before July 31 "will be donated to the American Red Cross's Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami relief efforts."

Read more: Previous WoW charity efforts »

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World of Warcraft free-to-play to level 20

World of Warcraft free-to-play to level 20

Starting today, anyone with a Battle.net account can play any character they want to in World of Warcraft up to level 20 completely for free. You heard right. World of Warcraft has taken what could be the first step in a move toward going free to play. The new "trial" mode replaces the 10- 14-day free trials originally offered to new players and will now known as World of Warcraft Starter Edition. Players are free to reactivate dormant trial accounts for use with the new model or create characters based on any race and class from the base game, including The Burning Crusade races draenei and blood elf. Read more »

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World of Warcraft cross-realm dungeon parties planned

World of Warcraft cross-realm dungeon parties planned

It's always unfortunate in World of Warcraft when a friend chooses, for whatever reason, to play on a different server than you. However, 1up spotted that Blizzard is now working on a feature which will allow you to reunite with your chums on any server to slay monsters together.

A post by World of Warcraft community manager 'Nethaera' on the forums explains that a "cross-realm Real ID party system" will allow players of the same faction on any Realm, who are Real ID friends, to party up and queue to play 5-person regular and Heroic dungeons together. Read more »

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