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World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Expansion Released

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The Horde and the Alliance are finally facing off and World of Warcraft players are here. for. it.

Battle for Azeroth, the eagerly awaited seventh expansion, is bringing WoW players back to their roots in a faction vs. faction face-off. This launch signals the start of a new era of all-out warfare between the Alliance and the Horde.

Defenders of the Alliance are called to the kingdom of Kul Tiras, ancestral home of Jaina Proudmoore, to enlist the aid of their legendary navy, while champions of the Horde must seek allies in the distant empire of Zandalar, home of the ancient Zandalari trolls. As part of the campaign ahead, heroes will clash for critical resources in myriad Island Expeditions; draw upon the strength of Azerite, lifeblood of the planet, to unlock new powers using the Heart of Azeroth artifact; prepare for a massive confrontation on the Warfront of Stromgarde; recruit new Allied Races to bolster their faction’s cause; and more.

 

Battle for Azeroth builds upon nearly 25 years of faction rivalry, history, and pride to challenge World of Warcraft players with the question of what it truly means to be a member of the Alliance or the HordeThis expansion is loaded with new content and features that draw upon that core conflict, but today’s launch is just the beginning—we’re excited for players to experience everything we have planned as the Battle for Azeroth unfolds.” – Mike Morhaime, CEO and Co-Founder, Blizzard Entertainment

 

The game launched globally and skyrocketed in popularity on Twitch, beating out Fortnite as the most-popular game on the site. Although the game launched on August 13, 2018, at 6 pm ET in the US (with international servers brought online at the same time), most players encountered delays for hours due to a massive server overload and authentication issues. Despite the login issues, fans have been feeling nothing but hype (with one player already hitting the level cap on Twitch).

 

 

 

 

 

 

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is available in physical and digital standard editions for $49.99. A Digital Deluxe Edition is available for $69.99 and the retail-exclusive Collector’s Edition is available for $99.99.

Each edition of Battle for Azeroth includes a level-110 character boost so players can immediately head to the front lines and fight for their faction’s cause. In addition, new players interested in joining the fray for the first time with this expansion can do so by purchasing Battle for Azeroth and subscribing to World of Warcraft, to unlock full access to the original game and all previous expansions.

Check out the cinematic trailer for Battle of Azeroth below.

Have you tried Battle for Azeroth yet? Are you a WoW player? Let us know in the comments!

 

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Super Heroes Assemble When MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order Launches on July 19

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On July 19, the MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE series returns for the first time in 10 years … and it’s only available on the Nintendo Switch system. In the MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order game, you’ll assemble your ultimate team of Marvel Super Heroes from a huge cast, including the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy and X-Men, among many others.

While iconic characters like Iron Man, Wolverine, Spider-Man, Hulk and Captain America are back, newly announced heroes like Black Panther, Deadpool, Spider-Gwen and Doctor Strange also join the action, each with individual abilities or special moves.

In this new story, Super Heroes unite in a race across iconic locations in the Marvel Universe to find the Infinity Stones before Thanos and The Black Order use them to unleash cosmic chaos. Up to four people can play together in local or online co-op, with the ability to drop in and out at any time.

MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order brings gamers and Marvel fans together in a new action RPG exclusive to Nintendo Switch,” said Nick Chavez, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “With a huge cast of Super Heroes to choose from, assembling your ultimate team, strategically combining skills to unleash powerful attacks and preventing galactic devastation with friends has never been more fun or immersive.”

“Teaming up with Nintendo to bring MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order to the Nintendo Switch system elevates the MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE series to even greater heights,” said Jay Ong, Executive Vice President at Marvel Entertainment. “With the ability to play at home or on the go, solo, co-op and online with friends, Marvel fans can save the world from Thanos and high stakes threats in any way they like, anytime, anywhere.”

MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order will hit stores and Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch on July 19 at a suggested retail price of $59.99.

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Daybreak Games and The Comic-Con Museum to Host “EverQuest 20: A Living Legend” Art Exhibit and Anniversary Program

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Daybreak Games and the Comic-Con Museum will host “EverQuest 20: A Living Legend,” a special event on Saturday, April 27 through Sunday, April 28 celebrating the groundbreaking franchise that popularized and changed the MMORPG (massive multiplayer online role-playing game) genre 20 years ago. In addition to showcasing an incredible collection of original art, the exhibit will be accompanied by special programs and panels highlighting key moments throughout the game’s storied history.

The event will be hosted at The Comic-Con Museum’s future home in Balboa Park (2131 Pan America Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101). The original art, concept work, and other key items will be arranged into a community-focused EverQuest timeline, spanning two decades of active development and gameplay. The Museum gallery will feature original oil paintings by renowned fantasy artist and illustrator Keith Parkinson, the first game design document by Brad McQuaid, and original box art. Attending fans will also be invited on an EverQuest adventure inside the museum where they will solve challenges to receive exclusive rewards.

“EverQuest changed the face of MMORPGs and continues to evolve as we remain committed to delivering fantasy content to our loyal fans,” said Holly Longdale, Executive Producer of EverQuest. “We can’t wait to transport them on an art journey through the game and share their memories with other players who have also loved EverQuest for the past 20 years.”

Activities for the weekend will include:

  • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. PT: EverQuest 20: A Living Legend
    Exhibit Hall Open.
  • 11 a.m. PT – Exploring the World of Norrath
    Join game developers as they introduce EverQuest and explore 20 years of evolution and expansion in the world of Norrath.
  • 1 p.m. PT – Living the Legacy
    Senior members of the EverQuest development team will describe what it is like to work on the game they once played, exploring how their ongoing efforts ensure the game and its community continue to thrive.
  • 2 p.m. PT – Developer Signing
    Members of the EverQuest team will be signing and distributing exclusive EverQuest 20 posters featuring the game’s original key art from 1999.
  • 2:30 p.m. PT – Fan-Made Experiences, Community Forum
    Join active members of the EverQuest Community as they explore and discuss the experiences that have defined 20 years of gameplay. The audience will have an opportunity to share their stories as well!

“We are looking forward to welcoming the EverQuest community to the future home of the Comic-Con Museum and celebrating this incredible milestone in gaming history,” said Adam Smith, Executive Director of the Comic-Con Museum. “We can’t wait to commemorate this special moment with the developers and fans who have kept the world of Norrath alive and thriving for 20 years.”

Few titles have existed as long as EverQuest and the franchise continues to influence games today. Since its launch on March 16, 1999, the high-fantasy free-to-play game continues to grow, with 25 expansions to-date, over 1,600 unique playable areas, 700+ raid events, 50,000 design scripts and more than 3 million lines of code. The game has built and sustains a thriving community, enriching players lives and forging friendships and relationships that have transferred into real life, even leading to marriages.

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